The New Orleans Saints look like they desperately miss Sean Payton.
While head coach Dennis Allen was never going to replace Payton fully, his first year on the sideline for New Orleans hasn’t gone well. The 4-9 Saints sit at the bottom of the lowly NFC South. They’re behind the Carolina Panthers at the moment, a team that fired its head coach in October.
While the Saints are 3-4 in friendly confines this season, they’re an abysmal 1-5 on the road. It’s hard to really compete in the NFL when you’re not able to play away from home.
Allen got promoted from the team’s defensive coordinator role to the top spot when Payton left this past offseason. Expectations were high for a team believed to be competitive in the NFC South. While the Saints have a lot of talent, the team has cratered and has a lot of cap space tied up in the current roster.
Monday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw the team blow a 16-3 lead with eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
Allen came under intense fire for the way the game ended.