The Superbowl was quite exciting last Sunday, with the favored team, the Indianapolis Colts, coming short of their superbowl dreams. The pre-game hype seemed to be Peyton Manning and his possibility of being the greatest quarterback of all time. Not to say that he still is not, but all the talk after the game was about the New Orleans Saint’s head coach Sean Payton.
Payton’s NFL coaching career has climbed significantly in the past decade. After coaching at several universities, he received his first NFL coaching job as the quarterback coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. He then joined the New York Giants and was once denied play calling duties as the offensive coordinator. Just before he would have probably been fired, he was swept away as the assistant head coach for the beloved Dallas Cowboys. In 2006 Payton received his first head coaching position for the New Orleans Saints.
Payton led the Saints to their first ever superbowl victory this past weekend with a 31-17 win over the Colts. I think it is pretty safe to say that this Payton can feel pretty secure with his job. When he first joined the team, they were overcoming a 3-13 record and this past season it was reversed; the best ever season for the Saints, finishing 13-3.
The New York times wrote an article today, Monday, February 8, 2009 pertaining to the head coach and the prestige that comes along with the title. Payton will be joining 27 other men in one of the most elite clubs known to football. The men who have led teams to a superbowl win.
Beyond the win this weekend, there is a lot to be said about head coach Sean Payton. He has done a phenomenal job of keeping a fantastic reputation past the drama with the Giants, and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. I am unaware of his publicist, if he even has one, but I do know of a few people who could use one.
Great job Sean! Way to show the “other” Peyton who’s boss.