At a press conference this afternoon, Payton announced that he’ll stick around as long as he’s welcome. Earlier this week, there were rumors that Payton would be traded to another team or be released.
Payton, who has been with the Saints for a decade and coming off his first consecutive losing seasons, says he can’t envision coaching for any other club. Payton said he plans on finishing his career in New Orleans.
Payton began his first and only NFL head coaching job with the Saints in 2006, the season after the team had been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. His playoff record is 6-4 with one Super Bowl title in the 2009 season.
“This is where I plan on coaching and I don’t envision myself ever coaching for any other club. Here I am and nothing’s changing and I plan on finishing my career here. I think Zach Strief said it best last week, ‘I’ll be here as long as they’ll have me.’ Honestly, more importantly, there’s more moments, there’s more wins, there’s more playoffs. I promise you there will be,” said Payton.
Payton guided the Saints to a Super Bowl win six years ago. The Saints have completed their second straight 7-9 season. They haven’t been in the playoffs since the 2013 season.