The New Orleans Saints will be retaining Dennis Allen as the team’s head coach in 2023, general manager Mickey Loomis confirmed on Friday.
Allen, 50, finished his first year as the Saints’ head coach with a 7-10 record.
While Allen’s return was anticipated by many around the NFL, today’s announcement makes it official.
Despite ending the year with a losing record, Allen’s Saints finished their 2022 campaign on a positive note. New Orleans won three out of its final four games to end the regular season, with one of the victories coming against the NFC-leading Philadelphia Eagles.
One of the biggest questions heading into next year for Allen and the Saints will be what to do at the quarterback position.
New Orleans trotted out Andy Dalton for most of the 2022 season, and although he produced some of the best numbers of his NFL career, it wasn’t enough to lead the Saints to consistent victories.
The other quarterback on the Saints roster, Jameis Winston, suffered a torn ACL and sprained MCL in mid-October. He started the team’s first three games this season and led New Orleans to a 1-2 record through Week 3.
Either signal caller – Dalton or Winston – could be the Saints’ opening-day starter next year. Or, neither could be on the team.
Dalton is set to become a free agent this offseason.
Winston, on the other hand, is signed through 2023. With that being said, though, New Orleans could cut Winston this summer to open up additional cap space.
While the Saints’ quarterback situation might remain undecided for the immediate future, one thing is certain – Dennis Allen will be the one making that call.
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Publish Date:2023-01-14 03:03:27