As the NFL regular season comes to a close, teams are beginning to consider which coaches would be suitable candidates for head coaching positions in the upcoming year. One notable name that has emerged is Sean Payton, a former coach of the Saints who retired following the previous season.
Sean Payton Is on Everyone’s Radar
According to experts, if Payton decides to coach again, he is interested in potentially leading either the Chargers or Rams. Additionally, it is also possible that Payton could return to coach the Saints. Presently, Payton works for Fox Sports and resides in Los Angeles.
While Sean Payton may desire to coach in Los Angeles, it is not certain that a position with either the Chargers or Rams will become available. Currently, the Chargers are being led by head coach Brandon Staley, who is in his second season with the team and has the opportunity to secure a playoff spot with a strong finish. The Chargers are currently 6-6 heading into their upcoming games.
Despite their subpar performance this year, the Rams (4-9) are the reigning Super Bowl champions. However, in order for the Rams head coaching position to potentially become available, current head coach Sean McVay would need to retire. It is worth noting that McVay did consider retiring last year.
There Are Many Factors to Consider
Sean Payton is still technically under contract with the New Orleans Saints, which means that any team that wishes to hire him as their head coach will need to work out a trade with the Saints in order to acquire his rights. This could be a hurdle for any team interested in bringing Payton on board, as they would need to negotiate with the Saints in order to secure his services. It’s worth noting that the Saints currently have a record of 4-9, and it’s possible that they may consider asking Payton to return to the team in order to try and turn things around.
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not Payton will stay with the Saints or move on to a new team will likely depend on a number of factors, including the terms of his contract and the level of interest from other teams.
Diana Taurasi Will Have to Sit Out the Rest of the WNBA Season
While the WNBA season was in full swing, the Phoenix Mercury had to let one of its star players, Diana Taurasi sit out the remainder of the 2022 season. The eighteen-year-old veteran sustained a leg injury that required her to miss out on the final games of the season. The team carried on with a replacement while Taurasi takes the time to recover.
Taurasi Sustained an Injury
The professional basketball player, Diana Taurasi, was drafted by Phoenix back in 2004 and has made quite a name for herself during her time on the court thus far. During the game that Phoenix played against Connecticut on August fourth, Taurasi sustained a right quad strain. She started every game of this WNBA season for Phoenix and it was quite unfortunate that Taurasi had to sit out the last few games. Diana averaged 16.7 points per game during the 2022 season.
Who Will Be Taurasi’s Replacement
Diamond DeShields was the most likely candidate to take the vacant spot in the starting lineup. This season, DeShields has been shifting between the bench and the starting lineup. DeShields averaged 13 points per game. Yvonne “Vonnie” Turner was signed by Mercury to a hardship contract to fill in the roster spot. Turner has also been on hardship contracts with the Atlanta Dream and the Minnesota Lynx this season. From 2017 to 2019, Turner played 95 regular season games with the Mercury, averaging 5.2 points.
How the WNBA Season Is Going for Phoenix Mercury
With Taurasi sitting out at the end of the season and replacement players in position, Phoenix Mercury were in the playoff hunt. They have a 14-19 record putting them in the eighth and final spot. The final three regular WNBA season games for Phoneix Mercury were set at home against the Chicago Sky, the Dallas Wings, and the Minnesota Lynx.