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Sean Payton makes big admission about watching Saints-Bucs

Sean Payton on the sideline

Aug 23, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks on during the second half against Jacksonville Jaguars at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton may have dropped a hint about his future Monday when discussing Week 2’s NFL action.

In his weekly appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” Monday, Payton admitted that he had watched his former team take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2. The 58-year-old conceded that he missed being involved while doing so.

“Yesterday was the first day after I’ve retired that I had FOMO,” Payton said. “I honestly was missing out. It bothered me that I wasn’t a part of that. I saw Bruce (Arians) on the sidelines, bless his heart. I’m thinking, ‘BA’s close to the action.'”

Yes, Payton was making these comments in the context of a big, heated rivalry game. Still, this is not the sort of talk you would expect to hear from someone who is permanently retired from coaching.

To be fair, few think Payton’s so-called retirement is a permanent one. Rumor has it that the former Saints coach has already given some thought about what he wants in his next job. Expect him to focus on his analyst work for the 2022 season, but if this was his reaction to a Week 2 game, Payton will probably be itching to find a head coaching gig by the time the playoffs arrive.


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