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Inside Look at Payton and Coughlin

    <span style="text-decoration: underline;">THE COACHES</span>
  • New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton has posted a record of 29-23 in the regular season and 1-1 in the postseason. He is the lone head coach in club history to open his career in New Orleans with three straight wins, and has the top winning percentage(.558) all-time for a Saints head coach. His 15-11(.577) home mark is ranked second in team history,while he has also posted a winning road record.Payton has recorded a 22-16 (.579) mark vs. NFC opponents. In 2006, he took the Saints to the NFC Championship and was named NFL Coach of the Year by most major media outlets. He was hired as New Orleans' 14th head coach on January 18, 2006, after serving on the Dallas Cowboys staff from 2003-2005.He has successfully overtaken a rebuilding project by reshaping the majority of the team's roster, with only eight players remaining from the 2005 campaign. Prior to joining the Cowboys, Payton served on the New York Giants staff from 1999-2002, including the final three years as offensive coordinator. His tenure was highlighted by a Super Bowl berth in his first full season as offensive coordinator. Payton's prior NFL coaching experience came as quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1997-98.
  • New York Head Coach Tom Coughlin has been with the club since 2004, when he was named the Giants 16th head coach. Last season he led the team to a 12-4 record and the NFC East title. It was the eighth time he has led an NFL club to the playoffs, and he has posted an 120-93 record in the regular season in 15 seasons as a head coach. in 2006, he led the Giants to the Super Bowl XLIII championship. Coughlin had previously been the head coach at Jacksonville from 1994-2002, compiling a 68-60 record in the regular season and twice taking the Jaguars to the AFC Championship. He has been in the coaching profession for 40 years.
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