Could the Houston Texans have Sean Payton as their coach?

Lovie Smith is a likeable coach and the players love playing for him. However, the reality is that the Houston Texans need to keep their eyes peeled for any potential training candidates.

Smith, 64, doesn’t seem like a fixture on the Texans sideline, not even comparable to Bill O’Brien, who was with Houston from 2014 to four games into the 2020 campaign. If Smith stayed that long, Big’s product Sandy, Texas, would be 71 years old.

The former 2005 NFL Coach of the Year is unlikely to bomb like David Culley in 2021 and require a layoff after one season, but it’s fair to say Smith is year after year in Houston.

There’s a former Super Bowl-winning coach the Texans should target if Smith is to retire in the near future.

According to USA TODAY’s Jarrett Bell, former New Orleans Saints coach and FOX NFL studio analyst Sean Payton still longs to get back on an NFL sideline.

“At the end of the day, do I think I’m going to come back? Sure,” Payton said. “There’s no way to predict who this club might be. Usually there are around six openings every year. If there’s a good fit somewhere, it will ultimately depend on a number of factors.

One team that will definitely get Payton’s attention is the Dallas Cowboys. Not only does Payton have a longtime friendship with owner Jerry Jones, but Payton has a home in Southlake, a suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

If general manager Nick Caserio can demonstrate to Payton that the team has all the pieces to fight, but just needs constant direction from a proven coach, the AFC South club could be attractive.

For now, Payton is focusing on FOX.

“I’m really excited about FOX and working with the crew,” said. “It’s going to be a great experience. I can’t wait to be on the other side. »

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