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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: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:36 am

Sean Payton moving to Dallas after all

New Orleans is a nasty s h i t-hole. Filthy people. Filthy city. It has its moments so don't get me wrong, but everyone around the country who took in a flood of displaced New Orleans trash after Katrina is STILL pissed off at all the degenerate, crime-ridden darkness that invaded their cities. Just ask Houston or Baton Rouge (my home town). Do you think Houston will EVER welcome floods of New Orleanians with open arms again? Not a chance in hell. New Orleans is fun to visit, but it sure is nice to get able to go home after a night or so. There ARE plenty of good people there, but it simply is overrun with ghetto trash and dirty thugs, hookers, and wannabe gangsters (or should I say, "Gangsta", to illustrate the ignorance level of the city). Bless Sean Payton for getting his kids the F*#& out of dodge.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:57 pm

Sean Payton moving to Dallas after all

I don't doubt for one minute that when the time is right, he will jump to the Cowboys.  If Jerry Jones was smart enough and put his huge ego aside long enough, Sean Payton can make that team a winner again.  But..thats a HUGE IF, I doubt it happens. 

He has a QB there he can work with, he knows Romo well and wanted to trade with Dallas to obtain him when he was named HC of the Saints.

Nothing lasts forever, people change and so do families.  Who knows, the Saints and their fans may be tired of him in a couple of years, it goes both ways.

I look forward to the upcoming season with Sean Payton as the HC, and if and when the time comes..let the chips fall where they may.  He's a great coach..but there are alot of great coaches out there looking for jobs. 

Now..if Drew Brees leaves..thats another story.  To me, a franchise QB is more valuable.

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:05 pm

Comparison with Dungy is meaningful

Tony Dungy and the Colts won the Super Bowl after the 2006 season.  Dungy's family moved to Tampa after the 2007 season.  Dungy retired from the Colts after the 2008 season.

Sean Payton and the Saints won the Super Bowl after the 2009 season.  Payton's family is moving to the DFW area after the 2010 season.

Will Payton, like Dungy, coach his team for only one more season after his family moves away?  Maybe, maybe not.  But the parallels are sufficiently meaningful that Saints fans are right to be concerned.

This is not a non-story.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:43 pm

Sean Payton moving to Dallas after all

He will commute back and forth how often? Don't NFL coaches sleep in their offices and work fourteen hour days? When will he be in Dallas and when will he be in New Orleans? No sir, I wouldn't like this at all if I was a Saints fan. Something is going on. Maybe not anything for this coming season, but something. When does Garrett's deal expire?

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 4:58 pm

Sean Payton moving to Dallas after all

I love how someone (Brinson) can sit back and play arm chair QB with another man's life decisions.  I'm not talking about the life decisions that land you on the cover of tabloids or getting your mug shot taken, but the ones like whether you're a democrat or republican, how you spend your own damn money (however much that might seem to you or me), or where you choose to raise your family. 
Maybe Payton like Dallas better.  Or his wife does.  Or he secretly wants to relocate there as soon as his contract is up.
OR maybe, just maybe, despite all the empty platitudes the locals gush out, New Orleans REALLY IS a cesspool of ignorance, debauchery and disaster recovery and Payton would prefer to raise his kids somewhere else.  I use to be a soldier stationed in Korea, and while I had to be there as part of my job, there is ZERO chance I'd have wanted to have my family there.  Good for Payton that he can afford to commute, I sure would have if that had been an option on the table...

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 2:49 pm

Sean Payton moving to Dallas after all

Defaulting anything written by Brinson or Benoit to "What's hot in the community" is funny, and gets me everytime.

Worst facts in sports these two...

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