Saints to face 3 first-year coaches in 2021 after Eagles fire Doug Pederson

John Sigler
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The specifics of the New Orleans Saints’ 2021 schedule haven’t been nailed down yet, though they do know their opponents. And at least three of the teams they’ll play against in 2021 will be managed by first-year head coaches now that the Philadelphia Eagles have parted ways with coach Doug Pederson.

That group includes the New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons (in two games in the NFC South), who could hire a pair of former Saints assistants to fill their vacancies at head coach and general manager. The Jets fired coach Adam Gase after the 2020 regular season concluded, while the Falcons dismissed Dan Quinn midway through.

It’s easy to take Sean Payton for granted so deep into his Saints tenure, having been hired back in 2006; only New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has held the position longer, dating back to 2000. But it sure is reassuring to see the Saints focused on advancing further into the playoffs each year when other franchises are shuffling the deck again.