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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