NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - It is the Wednesday that took forever to get here.
Three days after the New Orleans Saints season came to a close, head coach Sean Payton finally holding his end of the season press conference in Metairie. It is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Questions are swirling about Payton's future with the team.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was in New Orleans last night.
Payton has history in New York and the Giants have an opening after Tom Coughlin resigned.
Payton, hired in 2006, along with newly signed free agent quarterback Drew Brees, led the team to its first appearance in an NFC Conference Championship game.
The high point was 2009 victory in Super Bowl XLIV. The Saints began that season 13-0 and went on the beat Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts 31-17. That win provided a shot in the arm to a beleaguered city still emerging from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.
Under Payton, the Saints have reached the playoffs five times and won three NFC South Division titles. Payton has a 6-4 (.600) record in post season play.
Payton amassed a 87-57 (.604) regular season record in 144 games over 9 years, according to the football statistics website Pro Football Reference.
Payton's tenure this season was marked by turmoil. The Saints got off to a 1-4 start, in large measure due to a suspect defense that ended up ranked last in the NFL.
That defensive performance led to the mid-season ouster of Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan, who was replaced by Senior Defensive Assistant Dennis Allen.
Payton was also suspended by the NFL for a full season in 2012 for his involvement in the Bounty Gate scandal where players were accused of offering monetary rewards for hits on specific players.
Then Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams was also suspended by the league for his involvement in the controversy.