New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton proving his value to the franchise

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - Saints head coach Sean Payton has posted a 73-39 regular season record and is 5 and 3 in postseason play.

He's guided the Saints to the postseason four times, to the NFC Championship twice and the Super Bowl XLIV Championship.

Payton's .652 winning percentage is the best in franchise history and he's 40-16 inside the Superdome for a .714 winning percentage.

In his first season in 2006 Payton guided New Orleans to the NFC Championship game and was named NFL Coach of the Year.

Payton takes advantage of the talents of veteran quarterback Drew Brees who was named to his seventh Pro Bowl as a member of the Saints and eighth overall.  He completed 446 of 650 passes for 5,162 yards, 39 touchdowns and a 104.7 passer rating.

When Sean Payton returned to the Saints this season after seating out the 2012 campaign due to his season-long suspension, he quickly hired Rob Ryan to become the Saints new defensive coordinator.

Ryan transformed the Saints defensive unit from the league's worst-ever in 2012 to a quality defense that ranked fourth in the league.  The Saints allowed an average of 305.7 yards per game.  Last season the Saints allowed 440.1 yards per game.  The improvement of 134.4 yards per game was the greatest improvement in the NFL since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

The coaching of Sean Payton, the passing of quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints improved defense give New Orleans a good opportunity at finally winning a playoff on the game.

The home standing Eagles are a 2 1/2 point favorite to win the NFC Wildcard playoff game.

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