Not everyone seems to be celebrating the career of Sean Payton as he steps down as head coach of the Saints.
Barstool writer and noted Bucs fan Steven Cheah took Payton’s retirement as the chance to troll the Super Bowl-winning head coach as ‘overrated.’
In fact, Cheah begrudgingly gave Payton credit for winning a Super Bowl at all, immediately using the Bountygate scandal to cast doubts over his accomplishments.
“Had Bountygate not happened, does Payton even have on ring?” he writes. “It’s hard to say, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.”
Cheah also questioned whether or not Payton really is a Hall of Fame head coach, pointing to his playoff record since winning the Super Bowl in 2009 and comparing him to Mike McCarthy, surely to get a rise out of Saints fans.
“Sean Payton hasn’t won more than a single playoff game since 2009, the year the Saints won the Super Bowl,” he wrote. ‘I ran the numbers, and Payton actually compares pretty much exactly to. The current Dallas Cowboys head coach, Mike McCarthy, who was the reputation of a terrible head coach.”
It’s true that Payton and McCarthy have similar regular season and playoff records, but McCarthy was taking over a franchise that had Brett Favre at QB and Aaron Rodgers in the waiting.
The Saints had been a franchise that was mired in losing for decades and thanks to Payton and Drew Brees they changed the entire perception of the Saints’ franchise into a perennial contender and winner.
What do you think? Is Cheah’s criticism of Payton fair or foul?