Since retiring after the 2012 season, longtime NFL special teams coach Mike Westhoff has received several offers to return to coaching.

The 69-year-old said one team's general manager called last year with an offer, but he turned it down because rule changes have limited the number of plays special teams can impact in a game.

And then, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton called with an offer last week, one that Westhoff couldn't refuse. The Saints, now 8-2 and leading the NFC South, had won seven games in a row to improve to 7-2, and the most glaring weakness on the team was with special teams.

"Trust me, if they had won three games I wouldn't have come," Westhoff said.

A coaching veteran with 30 years of NFL experience, mostly with the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets, wanted one last chance at an honor he never experienced.