Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
METAIRIE, La. – Sean Payton has led the Saints to their best five-year run in franchise history.
And on Monday – Labor Day – he reaped the rewards of that success.
The Saints and Payton agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension through 2015, his second extension in New Orleans.
Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
“It’s a performance-based business and our jobs as coaches, our jobs as front office people, our jobs as players are to be competitive and win. When you have that success, these types of things happen,” Payton said.
Payton will become the second-longest tenured coach in New Orleans behind only Jim Mora. Payton’s .613 winning percentage as a head coach in New Orleans (49-31) is best in Saints history.
“Our goal is to continue to build a tradition of winning here in New Orleans and Sean represents that tradition,” Saints owner Tom Benson said.
Under Payton, the Saints have gone 4-2 in the postseason, including 3-0 in winning Super Bowl XLIV, the first in franchise history.
New Orleans’49-31 record since Payton took over is the best in the NFC over that period of time and fifth-best in the NFL.
Payton, an offensive-minded coach, has brought high-scoring and a high-octane offense to New Orleans.
Since his arrival, New Orleans has averaged 26.9 points per game, third in the NFL. The Saints have scored 20 or more points in 62 games and 30 or more points in 35.
General Manager Mickey Loomis said keeping Payton in New Orleans is a key part in moving the success of the past five seasons going.
“It’s important clearly,” Loomis said. “Sean is a large part of the success of our club the last five years. I don’t think going to another team is a part of the consideration here at all. Sean clearly wanted to remain head coach of the New Orleans Saints. We clearly wanted him to remain the head coach of the New Orleans Saints.”
Payton is the first major component to re-up with the Saints. The second, when it happens, will be quarterback Drew Brees, who Loomis said they’ve been in negotiations with.
But Payton said his contract extension had nothing to do with Brees’ upcoming re-signing.
“I’m not really in that loop, per se, in regards to a player’s contract like Mickey would be,” Payton said. “And yet we’ve got full confidence that that’s coming. This really wasn’t tied to that. It very easily could have happened in a different order.”
Payton credited Loomis and Benson for helping create an atmosphere that allows continuity in both the front office and coaching staff, something the coach said has been integral in the half-decade of success.