The New Orleans Saints are in the middle of entering a new era. With Sean Payton out of the picture, the front office must find his replacement. There are a ton of issues this franchise must deal with right now, but they should still be able to interest some decent coaching candidates. One of which is a former Super Bowl-winning head coach.
According to Ian Rapoport, the Saints have interviewed former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. He joins a handful of other candidates who could be the new coach in New Orleans. Pederson is in the running along with Brian Flores, Aaron Glenn, and Dennis Allen so far.
Former #Eagles coach Doug Pederson interviewed with the #Saints yesterday, source said. That’s one more. https://t.co/CmnqmGTJcf
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 31, 2022
It'll be interesting to see who the Saints end up hiring. Doug Pederson isn't a bad coach, it's just that the Eagles were ready to move on. Considering he has a Super Bowl title under his belt, New Orleans may view Pederson as the favorite to land the job. It would be a risky decision based on how it ended in Philadelphia, but he could be the perfect replacement for Sean Payton.
Considering the roster is aging and the cap space is one of the worst in the league, it might be difficult for New Orleans to be competitive next year. Regardless, the Saints claim they don't plan to rebuild. Doug Pederson would be coming into an organization with Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. Between the two, this offense could remain competitive.
We'll see how it plays out, as the Saints joined the head coaching search a tad late. Somehow, they've already been more efficient than the Jacksonville Jaguars.