How about a Super Bowl-winning head coach taking over the Carolina Panthers?
That’s the recent buzz after former New Orleans Saints mentor Sean Payton called the Panthers’ job “attractive.”
Sean Payton says the Panthers job is “attractive”pic.twitter.com/j3Kl8zHYbY
— Panthers Culture (@PanthersCulture) October 10, 2022
Is he considering a return to the NFL sidelines with one of the Saints’ division rivals?
This Panthers fan would like to see it happen, even if it will cost the team a fortune.
THROW THE BAG AT SEAN PAYTON DAVID. MAKE US HAPPY @Panthers
— Omar (@____Future) October 11, 2022
In his recent appearance on FOX Sports’ “The Herd With Colin Cowherd,” Payton shared that the Panthers’ job is enticing even if they have some roster concerns, especially at quarterback.
He stressed that openings for teams with good quarterbacks rarely happen, the last one happening with the Green Bay Packers when they hired Matt LaFleur.
Payton also gave his thoughts on why Rhule failed in Carolina despite his success with the Baylor Bears.
He shared that college football is a different dynamic because there’s recruitment and talking to boosters aside from coaching the actual game.
Meanwhile, other Panthers fans would like to see interim head coach Steve Wilks succeed.
The more I hear from Sean Payton the more I want him as the HC for my Panthers. But, I’d love to see Steve Wilks succeed, just don’t know if that’ll happen.
— BigPun67 (@big_pun67) October 11, 2022
Wilks was the team’s former defensive pass coordinator and secondary coach before Rhule’s firing.
Rhule led the Panthers to an 11-27 record during his tenure.
The Catch With Payton
The Panthers hiring Payton is a good idea, especially with their struggles on offense.
However, any team that will sign him will have to compensate the Saints.
Panthers fans, I am begging you to stop suggesting:
-Hiring Luke Kuechly as our head coach
-Re-signing Cam Newton
-Hiring Sean Payton as our head coach
-Trading most of the roster
Literally none of these things are good ideas
— rev ev (@Rev_Ev7) October 11, 2022
Payton signed a five-year deal in 2019 that paid him roughly $9 million annually.
That deal keeps him under contract with the team until 2024, even if Dennis Allen has taken over.
I know @Panthers are desperate for a interesting and "positive" developments but please let this Sean Payton hypetrain stop. He can use them as leverage against the Cowboys and they'd have to deal with the Saints. And I don't think he all that.
— Neu (@TheNeuOne) October 11, 2022
Therefore, the team willing to get him must bid farewell to some draft picks.
Unfortunately, the Panthers only have four draft picks left for 2023 due to previous trades.