NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The New Orleans Saints are expected to name former Dallas Cowboys assistant Sean Payton as their new head coach on Wednesday.
Payton had been a quarterbacks coach for three seasons under Bill Parcells in Dallas and also held the title of assistant head coach/passing game coordinator. He worked for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997-98 and the New York Giants from 1999-2002.
Payton played briefly in the NFL as a replacement player with the Chicago Bears during the 1987 players strike.
Payton succeeds Jim Haslett, who was New Orleans coach for six years. Haslett went 45-51, including an NFC West title in 2000, his first season.
The Saints finished 3-13 in 2005, a season in which all "home" games were played on the road because of Hurricane Katrina.