Payton fires five assistants; expected to return

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was thought to be a candidate for the vacant Los Angeles Rams head coaching job. He was also possibly a candidate for the other National Football League openings, except for the San Diego Chargers position.

Instead of focusing on offensive-minded coaches, the Chargers would like to hire a defensive-minded coach.

Sean Payton (Getty Images)

Sean Payton (Getty Images)

Payton will not be any of their coaches, except for the one he has had, in 2017.

He will be holding onto the Saints job for at least another season. He fired five assistant coaches on Thursday night. Among those that he fired was Joe Vitt.

Payton has been the Saints head coach since the 2006 season. During the past near-decade with the team, he has a 94-66 record with the team.

He also missed the entire 2012 season due to the BountyGate scandal.

In the past three years, the team has not done better than 7-9. They were 11-5 in 2013.

He’s had four years, where the team won 10 or more games. In 2009 and 2011, the team had a 13-3 record under Payton.

In 2009, Payton guided the Saints to their lone Super Bowl championship over the Indianapolis Colts.

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