Sean Payton is the hottest name on the head coaching market. Due to his reputation, he has the luxury to be picky when it comes to choosing what teams he will interview for. Presumably, Payton will want to coach for a team with an established quarterback. In other words, he wants to go to an organization that is closer to contending than one of the rebuilding teams.
Early on Monday morning, NFL insider Ian Rapoport tweeted that Payton is scheduled to have a second interview with the Denver Broncos:
Sean Payton Coaching Career
After a very short-lived playing career in the Arena Football League, Canadian Football League, and as a replacement quarterback of the Chicago Bears during the NFL players’ strike, Payton began his coaching career in 1988.
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His first coaching job was as an offensive assistant at San Diego State from 1988-1989. From 1990-1991, he was the running backs coach and wide receivers coach at Indiana State. After returning to San Diego State as the running backs coach from 1992-1993, Payton moved onto Miami (Ohio) as their offensive coordinator from 1994-1995. In 1996, Payton held his last college coaching position, the quarterbacks coach at Illinois.
From 1997-1998, Payton served as the quarterbacks coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. After a season as the New York Giants quarterbacks coach in 1999, Payton returned tot he Eagles as their offensive coordinator from 2000-2002. In 2003, Payton accepted the position as assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach for the Dallas Cowboys, a position he held until 2005.
Of course, Payton then became the head coach of the New Orleans Saints. In 15 years as head coach, Payton won a Super Bowl and consistently coached some of the offenses in the NFL. He did lose a year due to suspension for a bounty scandal, but has come away from that as respected as he was prior.
The Denver Broncos Would Be a Good Fit
The Denver Broncos under-performed under Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired with two games remaining in the season. However, with Russell Wilson at quarterback, the Broncos have one of the most important things Payton is looking for: an established quarterback.
Payton is well-known for his work with quarterbacks, most notably Drew Brees who set multiple pass records under his leadership. If any coach can turn Wilson around, it’s Payton.