4 pros and cons to the Carolina Panthers hiring Sean Payton

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What are the pros and cons behind the Carolina Panthers potentially hiring Sean Payton to be their next head coach in 2023?

After the Carolina Panthers received permission from the New Orleans Saints to speak with Sean Payton, the head coaching candidate confirmed he’ll meet with team owner David Tepper and other influential figures later this week. While others remain in contention, this is the biggest move to date and something that would send shockwaves around the league.

Payton is not without numerous suitors as expected. The Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, and Houston Texans are all in the process of stating their case to the former Super Bowl winner, who looks set to make an immediate coaching return following one season as a FOX Sports analyst.

The Panthers have some hurdles to overcome. But if Tepper is adamant Payton is the guy, he’ll do whatever it takes to get him on board whether fans like it or not.

Looking at all the factors, here are four pros and cons to the Panthers hiring Payton as head coach in 2023.

Pro No. 1

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Carolina Panthers get a proven winner

Few coaches boast the credentials Sean Payton brings to the table. He completely turned the New Orleans Saints around, consistently putting them in legitimate spots to contend and even winning an emotional Super Bowl for the franchise after Hurricane Katrina.

The Carolina Panthers could go with an experienced head coach after Matt Rhule’s inept management blew up in David Tepper’s face. Although the cost would be steep, there isn’t a better candidate with a proven track record of success.