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If Brandon Staley is out as head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers following the 2022 season, the franchise could land top-of-the-line coaches in football as his substitute.
A longtime NFL personnel executive told Jason La Canfora of the Washington Post that he believes former Recent Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton “really wants” to educate Justin Herbert and the Chargers:
“[Dean] Spanos doesn’t prefer to pay his coaches, but once your quarterback starts making $50 million a 12 months, you’re really going to be low cost about your head coach? Sean loves living in Southern California. You’ve got Herbert and another blue chip players. That’s the fit.”
Payton, who’s working for Fox Sports this season after stepping down as head coach of the Saints in January, said during an appearance on the NewOrleans.Football podcast last month that he can be open to returning to an NFL sideline if the “right situation presented itself.”
Payton said, via ESPN:
“If the suitable situation presented itself, I’d definitely have an interest. And there isn’t any utopia, in case you will, on the subject of teams, but when I felt prefer it was the suitable situation, I’d have an interest in that. That every one being said, that might are available in a 12 months, that might are available in two years.”
When asked what he can be on the lookout for in a franchise to educate, Payton said that “an important element is functional ownership [and] front office.” He added that the “opportunity to win consistently and the willingness to construct the right culture” would also factor into his decision.
Payton, who coached in Recent Orleans for 15 seasons, has two years remaining on his contract with the Saints after the 2022 season. If he were to return to coaching in 2023, Recent Orleans would must be compensated.
Payton led the Saints to a 152-89 record from 2006-2021 and likewise led the team to seven NFC South division titles and nine playoff appearances, including a Super Bowl title in 2010. He also won Coach of the 12 months in the course of the 2006 campaign.
The Chargers hired Staley to interchange Anthony Lynn ahead of the 2021 campaign. He led the Bolts to a 9-8 record in his first season on the helm and so they missed the playoffs for the third straight season.
This season, Staley and the Chargers are second within the AFC West with a 3-2 record. Depending on where they finish, Staley could possibly be out after just two seasons due to his lack of success with a talented roster that features Herbert, Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler and more.