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Sean Payton moving to Dallas after all

Posted on: February 7, 2011 2:19 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

DALLAS -- Sunday night wasn't just the Super Bowl -- it was also "ridiculous rumor involving coaching changes" night in America.

Or something. The point is that for a brief moment, Andy Reid was leaving the Eagles for retirement and Sean Payton was bolting the Saints for the Cowboys. The respective teams debunked those rumors via statements released on Monday morning, but as it turns out, Payton IS moving to Dallas.

But not to coach -- he's just coming here to live.

That's according to ESPN's Ed Werder who reports that Payton will coach in New Orleans, live in Dallas and commute via a private plane back-and-forth to the Bayou.

Payton's got a Super Bowl title and is a hell of a coach, so I don't want to act like I know more than him about doing his job, but this just reeks of a terrible idea.

As Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune tweeted, New Orleanians are "fiercely loyal to their city" and would probably prefer that one of the faces of their franchise be deeply embedded in the community, a la Drew Brees.

Additionally, Payton could pretty easily keep a house in Dallas and New Orleans, given his salary (especially as compared to, say, the cost of a private plane every week).

Maybe there's more to the story and Payton was bouncing to the Cowboys until the Saints agreed to let him commute. Or maybe he really wants his kids to go to Highland Park and get a particular eduction in a particular city. Or maybe he or his wife have a sick parent they want to care for. Or maybe he already knows there won't be football in 2011 and he's just locking down a place to live. All of those are total speculation, but this story just has a "more than meets the eye" feel to it.

None of that will matter if the Saints come out and start winning next year, of course, but it might matter a lot if they struggle early.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 6:19 am

Sean Payton moving to Dallas after all

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:54 am
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Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:29 pm

Sean Payton moving to Dallas after all

I am a Saints fan and lifetime New Orleanian; I have no comment on Payton's move to Dallas, as I consider it a non-issue. I post instead because I am compelled to respond to MattVG.

In the event that any city were to experience a disaster rivaling that of Katrina, the majority of its citizens - those who are self-sustaining and law-abiding - would flee by their own means to a destination of their choosing; only the poor criminals - dumped where they are - cause trouble elsewhere as they did at home.

You suggest either that all New Orleans residents are of sub-human origin, or that a flood prompts normally good-willed, intelligent people - in their distress - to morph into barbaric raiders bent on dispersing their misery and misfortune on the nearest metropolises west of the storm's claim.

I would usually never dignify such ignorant and idiotic declarations with the time necessary to type a few sentences, but for the fact that so many people elsewhere allow Matt and other idiots to represent their ultimate perspective on my city; for the record, having spent 5 years living in Baton Rouge and 3 of those delivering catered meals while in school, I can assure you that he has no tower on which to stand, for Baton Rouge is a far more seedy city than New Orleans. But for a small pocket on the south and west sides of the city, Louisiana's Capital makes its greatest city seem a utopia.


Everyone is entitled to his opinion, and I would never reasonably expect yours silenced - just more thoughtfuly, intelligently, and less ignorantly conceived. I do, however, reasonably expect that you offer it as such, rather than as a bitter, foolish, and rabid declaration of fact as you so delivered. Speaking of which, you say...

(or should I say, "Gangsta", to illustrate the ignorance level of the city)

... which allows me to discredit you (more so than your own words already do) by illustrating your pseudo-intellect.

Ignorance, Matt, is a word which is not intended, by definition, for the meaning which yours and so many others' usage and context suggests. You use the word as a synonym of "stupid," referring to a general lack of knowledege or intelligence, while the word is meant for a lack of a specific piece of knowledge.

For instance:
In spite of the fact that you live only 70 miles from New Orleans, you are ignorant of its actual people and culture.
You are ignorant of the correct application of the word "ignorant," and/or you are just an idiot.

If you feel that I am attacking you, I am, for you attacked me. The more that stupid, ignorant, miserable, and pathetic trolls such as yourself attack New Orleans and its people without merit, other small-minded people heed your idiotic sentiment; because of our dependence on tourism and trade, I, as well as all New Orleanians, am singularly and individually affected by relationship if your bullsh_t prevents even a single tourist from dumping his or her travel expenses in my econonmy.

If you have legitimate beef with NOLA or anyone or anywhere, for that matter, by all means - speak up and present your opinion. Otherwise, go back to school, preferably in a another you may disgrace them instead.

You are worthless.


Who Dat

Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:49 pm

Sean Payton moving to Dallas after all

MattVG  I guess you got your heart broke from a man in New Orleans.  Baton Rouge had crime before Katrina,  Everything you said about New Orleans happened in Baton Rouge before Katrina.  Please take your BS to another forum and have something meaningful too say.  You are stupid and dumb for posting this comment.

Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:47 am

Sean Payton moving to Dallas after all

so what - he will live in Dallas.... how many NFL players actually live in the cities where their teams are?
for example, were I a Packers player...... I sure would live somewhere warmer for the off season and have a condo or rental in GB for the season...

of all the stories out there, this uis what this guy writes about?

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:28 am

Sean Payton moving to Dallas after all

Who would want to live in the craphole known as New Orleans? Not me.  Not Sean Payton.  Just think of all the great things he will be missing in NO:

- Hot, humid, and swampy climate.
- Hurricane prone area.
- Political corruption.
- High African American population.
- Hillbillys.
- Cajuns.
- Mold.
- Gators.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:48 am

Sean Payton moving to Dallas after all

This is a non-story. The simple fact that NFL coaches work 24/7 and is apart from their families way too much is probably the same reason that the Paytons are buying a home in Dallas. You have to remember that they lived there for 3 years before he got the NO gig and probably made a lot of meaningful relationships with friends of his wife and children. Perhaps Mrs. Payton and the children figured that since they already see very little of HC Payton, they might as well do it in a place they are comfortable in calling home, and Nawleans is not that place. Everyone thinks long term when it comes to their families and this looks to be exactly what is going on. I don't ever see Payton coming to the Cowboys even though I would love it. He seems to be the type who prefers not to be a puppet and that will never happen in Dallas so long as any one of the Joneses is in charge. I wish him the and his family the best of luck and I don't see this affecting the Saints in any way, shape or form....even though secretly I wish it would!

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:09 am

Sean Payton moving to Dallas after all

Not all NFL coaches have the philosophy that you have to live in your office. Some do, some don't, and coaches of each type have had great success.

An advantage of flying (assuming he is not the pilot himself) is that he can do a lot of the coaching work during the commute, including planning and watching/grading game film. It is also very possible that he will stay in New Orleans for extended times during the season, possibly including the entire season. A lot of coaches maintain residences outside of the city where they coach. Bill Cowher still lived in North Carolina while coaching the Steelers, although he tended to spend the season with his team. When he retired, it was because he wanted to stay in NC with his terminally-ill wife.

If I was a Saints fan, I would not worry about this from a competitive standpoint. I think the bigger concern to those in New Orleans is that they have a city that has already lost 30% of its population over the last decade, and here is a very high-profile New Orleans resident leaving for somewhere else. The Saints have played a rather large role in the recovery of the city/state, and this is seen as a setback.

Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:04 am

Sean Payton moving to Dallas after all

Let the guy move!

Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:48 am

Sean Payton moving to Dallas after all

lol gotta agree with ya here.... I live in central florida and some of the trash made its way to us and it was obvious.  As if FL needed any more crap coming in...

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