While rumors were swirling that head coach Sean Payton would leave the New Orleans Saints right after the regular season ended, he decided to ultimately stay down on the Bayou.
Payton recently explained why he opted to stick with the Saints going forward.
“The communication between that triangle of ownership, general manager and head coach,” Payton said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “And I see each year things that take place and I think ‘man, we don’t have to worry about them.’ Now we might on that Sunday. But we don’t have to worry about them winning the whole thing. And that’s something that changes. It’s not a permanent thing for any team, nor is it permanent for us. We don’t take it for granted in any way. We’ve got to find a way to do a better job in personnel. We’ve got to find a way to get north of this 7-9 season we just had. I don’t take that triangle for granted at all because, man, what would be more frustrating than coaching somewhere where you had no chance?”
People don’t understand how important communication is between the owner, general manager and head coach. The best NFL teams have a functional relationship between these three men. The worst teams have a whole lot of division and friction.