Sean Payton announced in a Wednesday press conference that he is returning as head coach of the New Orleans Saints.
"I don't envision myself ever coaching for another club," said Payton, the most successful coach in franchsie history. There had been various media reports speculating that other teams were interested in hiring him away from the Saints.
"I plan on finishing my coaching career here," he said later before repeating what 10-year right tackle Zach Strief said last week, "I'll be back here as long as they have me."
Payton led the team to the NFC championship game in 2006, his first season, and led the team to a Super Bowl title following the 2009 season and three other playoff appearances.
Payton said he likes the group of players and the makeup of the locker room and promised more success for the franchise following back-to-back 7-9 seasons. "I promise you there will be," he said.
Payton said he's grown to love New Orleans in his 10 years as coach. "It grows on you and it's home."