The former New Orleans Saints coach accepted a position with FOX Sports on their studio panels for the 2022 season earlier this summer,

He made an appearance in this new capacity on the “Up & Adams Show” with Kay Adams to share his thoughts on the NFL and his old team before the season starts.

Payton said “I think D.A. is extremely bright, he’s been a head coach

He added, “They’ve got a team I think that wins the South this year, not Tampa.

I think defensively you’ll see one of the better defenses in our league this year , He added

New Orleans believes they can win that game

The Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons are both in the middle of rebuilds and shouldn’t be competitive this year

Payton built a strong roster in New Orleans before choosing to walk away from it,

the Saints have made a point to build off of his blueprint in the months since he stepped down as their head coach. 

We’ll find out very soon whether or not that was the right approach.