Payton has a 79-43 overall record (.648), including a 6-4 postseason mark (.600) after the franchise had won only one playoff game prior to his arrival. Throughout his tenure, Payton holds the franchise’s top winning percentage (.648) for a head coach and ranks fourth among current NFL head coaches (min. 50 games). The 2009-11 seasons under Payton marked the most successful stretch in team history, as New Orleans posted a 41-14 mark (.759) including the postseason, the most victories in the NFL.
Payton is one of just seven active coaches to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory. The others are New England’s Bill Belichick, Seattle’s Pete Carroll, the New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin, Baltimore’s John Harbaugh, Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin.
In 2013, Payton helped guide the Saints back to the postseason with an 11-5 mark and by finishing 8-0 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the second time in three seasons. Ranking fourth in the NFL both on offense (399.4 ypg.) and defense (305.7 ypg.), New Orleans was one of the league’s most balanced clubs as they were the only team to rank in the top five in both categories. The defensive improvement of 134.4 net yards per game from 2012 was the biggest by a club since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. In opponent points per game, after surrendering 28.4 in 2012, the Saints gave up only 19.0 in 2013 as they improved in the league rankings from 31st to fourth. After reaching the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons, Payton led the Saints to the franchise’s first road postseason victory with the club’s 26-24 win at Philadelphia in the Wild Card round. Five Saints (QB