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Importance of a Head Coach: Sean Payton

Steve Shoup

By Sebastian Salazar

The New Orleans and the Seattle Seahawks are the only teams in the NFC that have one loss. Everyone knew about the Seattle Seahawks coming into this year. After last year when they made the playoffs and was picked by many preseason polls to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. The Saints are a bit more of a surprise. The Saints were coming off a 7-9 season and no one knew how the team would react with Sean Payton coming back as the head coach.

So far, the Saints are 6-1 and lead the NFC South by two games on the Carolina Panthers and are now a top pick to go to the Super Bowl. The team is basically the same as last year as the only real big change was the conversion of the 4-3 defense to the 3-4 defense and drafting S Kenny Vacarro in the 2013 NFL Draft. The big difference: the comeback of Sean Payton.

Courtesy of ICON SMI

Courtesy of ICON SMI

 

Sean Payton was suspended for the 2011-2012 season with the involvement of bounty gate. Even though the NFL showed no proof that he knew anything about it, they still suspended him since he was the leader of the team and wanted to prove a point that bounty gates will not be tolerated. The team suffered without their leader as they finished 7-9 and had the worst defense in the NFL statistically.

That was the past, now the Saints are 6-1 and the defense has been one of the strength to go along with All Pro QB Drew Brees. Sean Payton holds the franchise top winning percentage (.644) for a head coach and ranks sixth among current NFL head coaches (min. 50 games). The two prior years (when he was not suspended), Sean Payton marked the most successful stretch in team history, as New Orleans posted a 41-14 mark, including the post season, the most victories in the NFL. It is good to have the leader back.

 



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