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) Sean Payton was the head coach of the New Orleans Saints for 15 years, and those loyalties won’t go away in his first year of retirement.
Payton told USA TODAY Jarrett Bell, who believes the Saints will win the NFC South over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, returns The class is the “two-team game” entering the new season:
“Here’s why: We finished last year 9-8 with guys in their 50s out with injuries. It’s easy to see two more wins there. That puts you at 11 (wins) ). And then instead, Tampa seems to have some injuries. I think the early schedule favors New Orleans, the way it’s set up. “Atl Anta is transforming. Carolina is in transition. No disrespect to these teams, but I feel like it’s a two-team game in the division. Will it be close? I definitely will. But the coaching staff is complete (without Payton) and the same coordinator. There is a lot of continuity. That team knew it could beat Tampa Bay. “
He is right about the last point , because the Saints went seven straight against the Buccaneers in the regular season. Bell also pointed to New Orleans The 2021 starting lineup used 58 players, an NFL record, and after starting 5-2, starting quarterback James Winston also lost his starting quarterback to a torn ACL.
Maybe some better health and continued domination of Tampa Bay could help New Orleans retake the division after last year’s Bucs win .