As you look back in history, Tom Benson hired and fired a lot of coaches in his time. He never smiled very much with all of his other coaches, shook hands, or even hugged them as much as he does with Sean Payton.
My belief is that he has finally found his coach he has been looking for all of these 40 years. Tom Benson is not an easy going man and to be honest, filling the shoes of New Orleans Saint's Football Coach are pretty darn tough. Just look at the past coaches and how long they coached with the team.
J.D. Roberts 1970-1972 two seasons
John North 1973-1975 two seasons
Ernie Hefferle 1975 1/2 season
Hank Stram 1976-1977 one season
Dick Nolan 1978-1980 two seasons
Dick Stanfel 1980 1/2 season
Bum Phillips 1981-1985 four seasons
Wade Phillips 1985 1/2 season
Jim Mora 1986-1996 10 seasons
Rick Venturi 1996 1/2 season
Mike Ditka 1997-1999 two seasons
Jim Haslett 2000-2005 five seasons
Sean Payton 2006- present