Peter King proposes Thursday Night Football TV lineup with Sean Payton


What’s next for Sean Payton?

The former New Orleans Saints coach announced his retirement Tuesday following a transformational 16-year run in The Big Easy and many suspect he will land in a broadcast booth next season. Longtime NFL insider Peter King joined 95.7 The Game’s “Damon & Ratto” Tuesday for a lengthy chat about the state of the league. Check out the full interview below:

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“I think in Sean Payton’s absolutely ideal world, he would work on TV next year, for somebody – who knows maybe Amazon, who has this new Thursday night package,” King told hosts Damon Bruce and Ray Ratto. “This my sort of, weird fantasy pre-game show on Thursday nights – Scott Hanson as host with Sean Payton and Marshawn Lynch as the studio analysts. Now that would be some fun television right there. I think in an ideal world, he would get one sniff of TV and then either in ‘23 or ‘24 – come back and have one last shot at age 60 or 61 of trying to win another ring.”

Of King’s proposal – I think the most outlandish thing is to expect Marshawn to do a studio show. He’s just here so he won’t get fined. Scott Hanson has a huge following via RedZone, though, and I’m sure fans would love to see more of him outside of Sunday.

Most expect Payton to be a prime option to comment on the game. Need evidence? His press conference on Tuesday went on for more than 90 minutes.

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King doesn’t think the current situation in New Orleans is an enviable one for Payton’s successor, however. Of the nine current head-coaching openings in the NFL, King said the Saints’ gig doesn’t sit high on the totem pole.

“It’s not great,” King said. “They’re in a horrible cap situation, they don’t have a quarterback. They have a team that is old at several important positions. You’ve got a franchise wide receiver who’s played 25 percent of the last two seasons – who knows what kind of shape he’s in? They’ve had a bunch of contracts that have absolutely backfired on them. Look, I think Dennis Allen’s gonna get that job, and I don’t think it’s a great job.”