Sean Payton's retirement created another coaching vacancy this week, and the New Orleans Saints' search began taking shape on Thursday.
Multiple reports indicated Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, a finalist to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, was near the top of the list along with Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn.
Current defensive coordinator Dennis Allen reportedly interviewed for the opening. NFL Network reported earlier this week that Allen is considered the frontrunner for the job.
Conflicted reports Thursday indicated the Jaguars could seal the deal with Leftwich, but questions about front-office structure and roster control were thought to be challenges.
Leftwich, a quarterback in Jacksonville who has called the plays for division rival Tampa Bay under Bruce Arians, has never been a head coach.
Glenn spent five seasons as secondary coach of the Saints under Payton and is a former NFL cornerback. Glenn also has zero experience as a head coach.
--Field Level Media