Payton: NFL 'pigeonholed' how it hires coaches

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METAIRIE, La. — You would think Sean Payton, of all people, would support the NFL’s recent wave of offense-minded coaching hires.

But the New Orleans Saints coach told NFL Network that he sees “a lot of mistakes made in that process” when teams get so “pigeonholed” in searching for a specific type of coach.

“And so we’re excited to play those teams,” said Payton, who also mentioned that the NFL has a “diversity problem” with its head-coaching hires.

Payton, who was once hired as a rising young offensive mind, was asked about this year’s NFL coaching cycle being dominated by several teams trying to replicate the success of young, offense-minded head coaches such as Sean McVay with the Los Angeles Rams and Matt Nagy with the Chicago Bears.

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