The New Orleans Saints have had 16 head coaches in their franchise history—ten full-time coaches and six interim coaches. Sean Payton has been the head coach of the Saints since 2006. Payton served as the assistant head coach/passing game coordinator and assistant head coach/quarterbacks for the Dallas Cowboys for three seasons before he joined the Saints in 2006. In the 2009 season, he led the team to its second NFC Championship Game and first NFC Championship title, Super Bowl (XLIV) appearance, and NFL Championship.Tom Fears, the franchise's first head coach serving from 1967 to 1970, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970, and is the only coach to be inducted into the Hall of Fame while spending his entire coaching career with the Saints. Hank Stram, who coached the Saints from 1976 to 1977, and Mike Ditka, who coached the Saints from 1997 to 1999, were also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003 and 1988, respectively.Jim E. Mora has coached the most games for the Saints, with 167. Payton has the highest winning percentage while coaching the Saints, with .646, and his 62 wins with the franchise are second only to Mora's 93. J. D. Roberts has the lowest winning percentage (.219) and fewest wins (seven) for a full-time coach. Jim Haslett, Mora, and Payton are the only head coaches to lead the Saints into the playoffs. Mora, Haslett, and Payton have won the AP Coach of the Year Award and the Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year.
^A running total of the number of Saints head coaches. Thus, any head coach who has two or more separate terms is only counted once.
^Each year is linked to an article about that particular NFL season.
^Payton was suspended for the 2012 NFL season. Assistant coach Joe Vitt served as interim head coach for the 2012 season. During Vitt's own six-game suspension, the position was filled by fellow assistant Aaron Kromer.
^Assistant coach Aaron Kromer served as interim head coach for the first 6 games of the 2012 season.
^Assistant coach Joe Vitt served as interim head coach for the last 10 games of the 2012 season.