Sean Payton retirement: Saints coach steps away from team

January 25, 2022

Coach Sean Payton plans to retire after 15 years with the Saints, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Payton informed New Orleans of his decision Tuesday, per Rapoport. The Saints will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday to announce the departure of Payton, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Payton, 58, went 152–89 in 15 seasons with New Orleans. He led the Saints to the playoffs nine times, including a run to Super Bowl XLIV. New Orleans finished 9–8 in 2021, starting four different starting quarterbacks as the franchise dealt with a number of injuries and COVID-19 absences.