Saints News: Chargers now in the mix for Sean Payton and what could have been

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In Saints news, Sean Payton might get his ultimate wish of coaching Justin Herbert after the Los Angeles Chargers blew a massive lead in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Also in Saints news, speaking of that game, the head coach on the winning sideline interviewed with the Saints and they went with Dennis Allen instead.

The Chargers got off to a roaring start in Saturday's game aided by four Trevor Lawrence interceptions. Unfortunately for them, they're the Chargers and despite having back-to-back-to-back franchise quarterbacks, they can't have nice things. The Jaguars ended up winning the game on a last second field goal.

Dou Pederson, the head coach of the Jaguars, interviewed with the Saints in the offseason. Fans wanted him then and now they really wish the team had hired the Super Bowl winning coach.

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Everyone Sent Same Tweet After Chargers’ Epic Playoff Collapse [Adam London, NESN]

Pretty much. As soon as the Chargers' lead started to dwindle, everyone -- especially Charger fans -- knew how that game was going to end. That led to everyone make the same "HAHAHA I hope Sean Payton has a house in Los Angeles!" jokes throughout the second half and during post-game.

Doug Pederson gave the Saints a look at what-should-have-been in Jaguars' playoff win [John Sigler, Saints Wire]

While no one ever realistically thought that the Saints were going to hire Pederson, it's painful knowing that they could have and seeing what he accomplished in just one year at the helm in Jacksonville. Yes, the quarterback situations are very different but Pederson could have gotten this Saints team into the playoffs.

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Rebuilding the Saints: Does Michael Thomas still have a future in New Orleans? [Luke Johnson,]

What's going to happen with the Saints and Michael Thomas this offseason? His contract was restructured a few weeks ago and that made it feel as though the former second-round pick would be traded this spring.