According to a report that broke early this morning, the New Orleans Saints might have some interest in Jacksonville Jaguars interim head coach Doug Marrone.
The report, which comes from Jason La Canfora of CBS, states that: “There remains a very real possibility the Saints trade coach Sean Payton this offseason, and if they do, sources said Jaguars interim coach Doug Marrone would be given serious consideration for the job in New Orleans”.
There have been rumors almost every offseason for a couple years that the Saints have been willing to trade Payton, who led them to a 94-65 record, as well as a Super Bowl victory in 2009. No trade has ever panned out, but this offseason, the Saints appear to be taking a potential trade seriously.
Per La Canfora, Marrone is well thought of in New Orleans, as he was Payton’s first offensive coordinator in 2006-2008. In those years, Marrone clicked with Drew Brees, as he threw 88 touchdowns and established himself as a top NFL QB.
Now, how a deal would work out with Payton and Marrone? I don't know. This could simply mean the Saints will bring Marrone in for an interview if Payton is traded anywhere. Although I'm sure that’s what's most likely, it will be interesting to see how Marrone and the Jaguars perform this week as the Jaguars take on the Colts.
If the Jaguars look impressive once again against the Colts, it would be very interesting to see if there is potential for a Payton/Marrone trade between the two teams. Given Payton’s resumé, I'm certain the Jaguars would have to throw in a draft pick or two, but regardless, this might be something to keep your eyes on.