The Los Angeles Rams have a lot of work to do this offseason, filling holes all over their roster. They also need to fill a vacancy at head coach.
And due to the blockbuster trade that landed Jared Goff in Los Angeles, the Rams don’t have very many draft picks to work with.
But they may be able to land a proven commodity at head coach via trade, without coughing up much in the way of draft compensation.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the New Orleans Saints may be looking to move on from Sean Payton at the end of the season (in which they’ve gone 5-8 thus far), and apparently may not be asking for much in a trade:
League sources said the Saints -- adrift in another lost season and with veteran quarterback Drew Brees spiraling in recent weeks -- would consider moving the coach should there be suitors, and it would not likely require hefty trade compensation.
Payton has coached the Saints for ten seasons, dating back to 2006, and has taken the team to the playoffs five times — to include the Super Bowl Championship run in 2009. He boasts a 92-65 record (.586) during that span. His offense has been a Top 10 team every single year, and he’s lead the league in yards per game in five of the ten seasons.
Payton has also had the luxury of employing a Hall of Fame product in Drew Brees at quarterback.
If the two sides were to be able to seal the deal, It could make for an interesting reuniting — assuming he’d want Gregg Williams to serve as his defensive coordinator. Williams was his DC in New Orleans from 2009-2011, which you may remember were the BountyGate years. During that era, the Saints were the league’s top offense (averaging over 400ypg) two out of the three years, and were a top 10 defense in two of the three.
Why, exactly, would Sean Payton show interest? Well...
Payton is a California native with family there and previously coached at San Diego State, so the Southern California jobs could have a particular appeal.
There’s no doubt that Sean Payton knows what he’s doing on offense. And there’s even less doubt that the Rams need themselves a great offensive mind, if they’re hoping to get out of an eternal sub-.500 rut.
The question at hand is what the Saints are asking from a team that’s already low on draft picks. But, assuming, as La Canfora states, that the Saints aren’t looking for much, Payton should probably catapult to the top of the list of potential head coaching options.
Do you think the Rams should show serious interest in landing Payton as their next head coach?