Saints head coach Sean Payton has been in the news for the wrong reasons this offseason, as he finds himself square in the middle of a scandal that compelled Roger Goodell to hand out the most severe punitive action of his tenure.
Payton—barring an unlikely successful appeal—will miss all of the 2012 season, presumably starting as soon as his appeal has been heard and subsequently ruled upon by Goodell (again, you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who thinks the Commissioner will reverse course on this one).
In his absence, we’ll likely find out more about how much he means to his team, as some believe it will result in a regression of results on the field.
That remains to be seen, but it isn’t too soon to rank the current crop of head coaches in the NFC South.
Take a look to see how they stack up in my eyes.