Dennis Allen Says 'All Indications' Are He Will Return as Saints HC After 7-10 Season

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 9, 2023

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 08: Head coach Dennis Allen of the New Orleans Saints looks on during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at Caesars Superdome on January 08, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen told reporters on Monday that he believes he'll be back as the team's head coach next season.

Mike Triplett @MikeTriplett

Saints coach Dennis Allen said no final decisions have been made yet regarding WR Michael Thomas, the offensive coordinator spot or any coaching changes. Said evaluations will occur and it's more important to get the decisions right than put a timetable on them.

Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report

Have been told over the past few days that Dennis Allen is likely back as <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Saints</a> HC. He clearly believes he will be as well. <a href="https://t.co/Atz60IdOEV">https://t.co/Atz60IdOEV</a>

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

7-10 overall, finishing the season winning 3 of 4, with most of the season with a backup QB and losing Michael Thomas and a million injuries. Makes sense. <a href="https://t.co/ZsO0QFt3g3">https://t.co/ZsO0QFt3g3</a>

"I look forward to the challenge of improving this team," he added.

Allen, 50, went 7-10 in his first season as the head coach following the long and successful Sean Payton era. He spent seven seasons as Payton's defensive coordinator (2015-21) and previously had worked for the team as an assistant (2006-10).

Prior stops included the Atlanta Falcons (2002-05), the Denver Broncos as the defensive coordinator (2011) and the Oakland Raiders (2012-14) as the head coach. For his career, Allen is 15-38 as an NFL head coach.

It isn't the strongest résumé, though given New Orleans' quarterback situation this year—the team cycled through veterans Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton—and the general battle through injuries, a 7-10 mark seemed about right for these Saints.

Lance Moore @LanceMoore16

A lot of people calling for Pete Carmichael and Dennis Allen's jobs, and while I don't think either of them have been particularly great this season, they can't run, throw n catch, or kick. So at some point the guys who are payed to make plays need to make those plays.

Chris Rosvoglou @RosvoglouReport

For the record, I expect the Saints to keep Dennis Allen. There really haven't been many rumblings about a move. <br><br>I just hate the idea of blaming injuries when they lost a handful of games they could've won with (wait for it) better coaching.

Not that Allen was thrilled with those results.

"7-10 is not where we want to be," he told reporters. "But we're not as far off as some may think."

One downside for Allen going forward is that the Saints don't hold their first-round pick this offseason, with the No. 10 selection instead going to the Philadelphia Eagles. That will remove one avenue for adding another talented prospect, namely at the quarterback position, to the roster.

That remains an uncertainty. But it sounds as though Allen's will be back.

"We've talked throughout the season," he told reporters on Monday regarding his relationship with team owner Gayle Benson. "I feel like I've got Mrs. B's support. She's been nothing but outstanding for us. And I'm sure that at some point we'll sit down and visit."