Sean Payton Head Coach

Since he was hired as head coach of the New Orleans Saints in 2006, Sean Payton has established himself as one of the most successful coaches in the NFL. Since coming to New Orleans, Payton has led the Saints to five playoff berths, three NFC South division titles and the franchise’s first World Championship with a 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.  Payton has a 93-61 overall record (.604), including a 6-4 postseason mark (.600) after the franchise had won only one playoff game prior to his arrival. Throughout his tenure, Payton holds the franchise’s top winning  percentage (.604) for a head coach and ranks seventh among current NFL head coaches (min. 50 games). He’s one win short of surpassing Jim Mora (93 victories from 1986-96) for the most victories by a head coach in team history despite having coached 17 fewer games than Mora.  As Payton enters the 2017 campaign he continues to represent the Saints as a model of stability not only within the NFC South, as he is the longest tenured head coach within the division, but also within the NFL as only New England’s Bill Belichick (2000), Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis (2003) and Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy (hired one week prior to Payton in 2006) have been with their teams longer. Payton is also one of just seven active coaches to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory. The others are Belichick, Seattle’s Pete Carroll, Baltimore’s John Harbaugh, Denver’s Gary Kubiak, McCarthy and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin.