Sean Payton to stay with Saints
NEW ORLEANS - Saints head coach Sean Payton confirmed he is staying in New Orleans at a Wednesday afternoon press conference.
"This is where I plan on coaching," he said. "I don't envision myself coaching for any other club."
Payton said the Saints have challenges ahead of them, and will tackle them in the offseason training and upcoming draft. Rumors Payton may be fired swirled after the Saints finished 7-9 for the second season in a row, though three of the last four games were wins for the Saints.
"Obviously... you're disappointed," Payton said. "As disappointing as it is to be in this position, there are still some things which are very encouraging."
Payton said he expects Dennis Allen to return as defensive coordinator. The Saints brought Allen in to assist Rob Ryan, and he moved up to coordinator after Ryan was fired in November following an abysmal performance at the beginning of the season which saw the team at the bottom of the defensive rankings for the NFL.
Despite the poor end of the season, Payton seemed in good spirits during his Wednesday presser. He spoke glowingly of living in New Orleans, and said he wasn't approached by any other clubs seeking him to change teams.
"There's something unique. It's difficult to understand if you haven't lived here a long time," he said.