New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis held his end of the season press conference on Saturday and while not many details were given about the decisions the team is facing in the near future, one of the biggest questions did get answered: Dennis Allen would remain as the Saints head coach next season.
Allen, who served as the teams' defensive coordinator from 2015-2021, was hired as the new head coach of the Saints on February 7th, 2022, just 2 weeks after Sean Payton announced he would be stepping away from coaching.
The Saints finished the 2022 season with a disappointing 7-10 record despite a promising start. On paper, they had a talented roster but mounting injuries, consistencies and penalties on the field and questionable play calling at times dug a hole that they never really could get out of. Despite playing in a division where the winner was never truly decided until Week 17.
Loomis said, “Obviously, we’re disappointed in the end result. You know, 7-10 wasn’t what our expectations were coming into the season. We didn’t make the playoffs and obviously we’re not happy about that. And yet I also thought, man, there’s a lot of really positive things that happened during the course of the season that give me optimism going forward."
“One of the things that we’ve had going for us for the last 15 years, or whatever, has been stability. I think that’s a commodity that is hard to come by in the NFL. So we’ve been looking for stability and that obviously starts with ownership and GM and head coach and having a core group of players that you nurture and develop. So that’s the attitude that we have and that’s the process and that’s the things we believe in and so I’m expecting to continue that.” Loomis added.
Loomis said that there could be other changes made to the coaching staff, but they would start evaluating those positions next week.
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