Found March 22, 2012 on Football Nation:
So the 2012 New Orleans Saints will have to play an entire season without head coach Sean Payton.  The Super Bowl XLIV champions will still have superstar QB Drew Brees and a potent offense, but it remains to be seen how the team will be affected by the coach’s absence.   Which brings me to the question of the day:  excluding New Orleans, which other NFL teams could least afford to lose their coach for this upcoming season?   It’s not necessarily a question about who the best coaches in the league are; for example, for one season I believe the Pittsburgh Steelers could survive without Mike Tomlin mainly because of the veteran presence of defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and new offensive coordinator Todd Haley.  Plus, the Steelers are a team loaded with veterans.  That in no way means Tomlin is a bad coach – I think he’s done a phenomenal job in Pittsburgh (four division titles, two Super Bowl appearances, one Super Bowl win in five seasons).   FIVE TEAMS THAT MOST NEED THEIR HEAD ...
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