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There's 1 'Natural' Replacement For Sean Payton In New Orleans

A closeup of a New Orleans Saints helmet on the football field.

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 19: A helmet of the New Orleans Saints sits on the ground before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at the Louisiana Superdome on December 19, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Sean Payton era in New Orleans is over.

The longtime Saints head coach called it a career on Tuesday afternoon. The 58-year-old is retiring. His next career step is currently unclear, but he's expected to get into the TV business at one point or another.

The Saints, in the meantime, need a new head coach. Word on the street is they're going to hire from within.

NFL insider Albert Breer said just moments ago that Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is a the "natural" choice to succeed Payton.

"Rumblings persisted the last couple months that he could be on the move, either to take time off, or to another team. Still a stunner. And now the TV networks are going to bid on him ... Saints DC Dennis Allen gives the team a natural choice to succeed him," Breer said on

Rumblings persisted the last couple months that he could be on the move, either to take time off, or to another team. Still a stunner. And now the TV networks are going to bid on him ...

Saints DC Dennis Allen gives the team a natural choice to succeed him. https://t.co/EToYFWmVBn

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 25, 2022

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The reality is Sean Payton woke up this morning and realized the Saints' trajectory is currently going up. They're not going to do anything special with Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill or Trevor Siemian.

New Orleans still has a worthwhile roster, though. The key will be getting the quarterback position right. A move up in this year's draft - to take a quarterback - may now be the move with a new head coach in the building.