The 2016 season is over for the Los Angeles Rams, and that means the excitement of
draft seas...the coaching search is upon us!
Head coaching candidates all across the football landscape are being mentioned as potential-s for the Rams’ head coaching gig. Josh McDaniels and Kyle Shanahan. Jon Gruden and Jim Bob Cooter. Ok, the Jim Bob Cooter thing isn’t happening, but it’s fun to say Jim Bob Cooter.
But Sean Payton - current head coach of the New Orleans Saints - is a name that’s being thrown around quite a bit. He looks to be on the outs after a third consecutive 7-9 finish to the 2016 season. He’s got family in California. He’s always tan. And the list of connections is probably longer than most care to hear about.
But for those hoping he’s a realistic candidate who can transform an abysmal (we’re talking decade+, not year) offense, his name is a rather popular one.
Pump the brakes, though. Because Payton says he intends on staying in the Bayou.
#Saints coach Sean Payton says on WWL Radio “I definitely plan on being back here.” Has 4 years left and “plan on honoring that.”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 3, 2017
That settles it. Scratch him off the list.
Take into consideration that Rapoport also reported (via twitter) that the Saints would potentially be willing to move on from Payton before the 2016 offseason even began. And, at the conclusion of his third consecutive losing season, they’re not asking for “all that much” less than one year later.
I liken this to a current NFL coordinator saying they’re focused on their upcoming playoff opponent. It’s the professional thing to say. It’s coach speak.
I’m sure the good folks of New Orleans wouldn’t mind him saying “I’d love to see those beautiful California sunrises...no, wait...sunsets? Where is Eric Kush?!?”
Honesty is however the best policy. So maybe he should’ve mentioned how his true intentions are to raise the TV ratings and weekly NFL power rankings for the Rams.
I know that’s what it would take for me to consider him a top candidate! Believe everything this offseason!