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New Orleans Saints Next Head Coach Odds & Best Bets

New Orleans Saints Next Head Coach Odds & Best Bets

The New Orleans Saints became the latest NFL team searching for a new full-time head coach once Sean Payton announced he was stepping aside after 16 seasons this week. In NFL betting circles, the leading candidate to replace Payton is current Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.

Allen is the favorite at +150 at DraftKings to replace Payton, who said he is "stepping away" from the position.

Among the other names being touted for the job are Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn, and Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. Both Glenn and Lombardi also coached under Payton in New Orleans.

Payton had not committed to coaching beyond the 2022 season, but this move was a surprise to most across the NFL.


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It should also be noted that mobile sports betting in Louisiana launched on Friday at 8 a.m. CT, so Saints fans now have the opportunity to start backing NFL futures markets. Stay up to date with the latest news and promos in Louisiana by checking out our DraftKings LA page and BetMGM LA page, as well as our Caesars Sportsbook LA page. BetRivers and FanDuel are also live.

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Here are the NFL odds available at DraftKings on who will be the next head coach of the Saints.

Next Saints Next Head Coach Odds & Top Candidates

Candidate Current/Last Job Odds
Dennis Allen DC, Saints +150
Eric Bieniemy OC, Chiefs +400
Aaron Glenn DC, Lions +550
Joe Lombardi OC, Chargers +650
Vance Joseph DC, Cardinals +700
Brian Flores Ex-HC, Dolphins +700
Brian Daboll OC, Bills +800
Kellen Moore OC, Cowboys +850
Mike McDaniel OC, 49ers +900
Kevin O'Connell OC, Rams +1000
Todd Bowles DC, Buccaneers +1200
Doug Pederson Ex-HC, Eagles +1300
Jonathan Gannon DC, Eagles +1500
Jerod Mayo LB Coach, Patriots +2000
Demeco Ryans DC, 49ers +2000
Leslie Frazier DC, Bills +2500
Doug Marrone Ex-HC, Jaguars +2500
Jim Harbaugh HC, Michigan +4000

NOTE: These odds are currently available at DraftKings in Arizona, Illinois, Colorado and Wyoming and were accurate as of publication.)

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Payton, Saints Struggled Throughout 2021 Season

Payton and the Saints missed the playoffs for the first time in five seasons this year, despite beating NFC South winner Tampa Bay twice in the regular season. The Saints finished 9-8 overall and ATS. The Saints struggled on offense all season in their first year after the retirement of future Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees. New Orleans hit over just seven times in 17 games.

New Orleans began its season with a “home” game and win over Green Bay in Jacksonville due to the fallout from Hurricane Ida. The team’s roster was ravaged by players being sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols and injuries. The team used four different starting quarterbacks this season – Jameis Winston, Trevor Siemian, Taysom Hill and rookie Ian Book. Winston was lost for the season due to injury during the Saints' Week 8 win over the Buccaneers.

Payton was suspended for a season in 2012 as a result of the NFL’s “BountyGate” investigation. He coached the Saints to their lone Super Bowl victory in 2009. His career mark of 152-89 (63.1%) ranks in the Top 25 all-time of NFL coaches by winning percentage.


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About the Author

Bill Speros for Bookies.com
Bill Speros
Bill Speros is an award-winning journalist and editor whose career includes stops at USA Today Sports Network / Golfweek, Cox Media, ESPN, Orlando Sentinel and Denver Post.