Saints HC Comments On His Job Status


Head coach Dennis Allen of the New Orleans Saints looks on from the sidelines against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter in the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 05, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.
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The New Orleans Saints are one year removed from Sean Payton‘s surprising decision to walk away as the head coach of the team.

Dennis Allen stepped in and took over as head coach, and the Saints finished 7-10 in his first year as Jameis Winston was seen on the sidelines more than he was on the field.

With head coach openings flying across the league, Allen gave a comment on his status heading into the offseason.

“Dennis Allen said all indications are that he’ll be coach next season,” Saints insider Nick Underhill tweeted.

That seems to be the way many people were expecting.

Payton himself is rumored to want to return to the NFL ranks, although a return to New Orleans is a far-off possibility.

Allen did pretty well in his first year, although his handling of the QB situation and his continued insistence to play Andy Dalton was one of the most puzzling aspects of the season.

Dalton played in 14 games, throwing for 2,871 yards with 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Winston was injured, but even when he was healthy, Allen continued to roll with the 35-year-old Dalton.

However, in the Saints’ final three games, Dalton threw just one touchdown pass and two interceptions despite going 2-1 somehow.

Another concern was Allen’s usage of Alvin Kamara and Taysom Hill on offense, so there is a lot left to be desired in New Orleans going into the offseason.

Despite all of that, Allen seems to be returning for 2023, at least for the time being.

The Sean Payton reunion can be put to bed.

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