Is Sean Payton Done In New Orleans? | He Could Be The Prize Trade Piece Of The Dallas Cowboys Offseason

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Sean Payton has been the head coach of the New Orleans Saints for 15 years. He’s posted a 152-89 record and enjoyed a lot of success.

Payton has won a Super Bowl, and the Saints have been a perennial playoff contender, making the postseason nine times under his leadership.

But according to reports, there’s growing speculation that he may be done down on the bayou. He has three years left on his current deal but hasn’t informed the team of his plans to return for next season.

The Saints struggled on offense without retired legend Drew Brees but still finished one game from a playoff berth.

Jameis Winston won the quarterback competition over Taysom Hill, and played well until a season-ending torn ACL. Hill and others finished the season under center once Winston went down.

Payton had this to say following the team’s regular-season finale.

“It’s a tough group. We’ve got really good leadership. That helped us. The makeup in the locker room I think really helped us and we leaned on it. It’s something that we’ll be able to reflect on later in the week.”

The week has passed and still no word on whether Payton will return to the Saints, which has caused the rumor mill to begin.

On the “GM Shuffle” podcast Mike Lombardi made the statement that he believes Dallas Cowboys owner Jones should try to trade for Payton.

“I think it’s hard for Jerry, right? Because if you bring Sean to have to give up control. It was hard for him to do with Parcells, but he needed a stadium, right? Jerry needed a stadium. He needed to build that, and Parcells helped him get that thing. … But Jerry’s 79 years old, right? At some point, you gotta say to yourself, ‘I want to win another one. I gotta win one.’ And I think that phone call to Sean Payton would be the best thing he could do. Whether he does it or not that remains to be seen.”

Payton Has Ties To Jerry Jones And The Cowboys: He Was The One Who Got Away

Payton was the assistant head coach and QB coach for the Cowboys from 2003 to 2005 under two-time Super Bowl winning-and Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells. Payton played a very significant role in the development of quarterback Tony Romo.

In hindsight, maybe Jerry should’ve done more to keep Payton in Dallas, like make him the coach-in-waiting with Parcells nearing the need of an illustrious career and being a gun for hire as it pertains to coaching stops.

Payton led the Saints to the NFC Championship Game in his first season as head coach, and a Super Bowl win three seasons later.

Consistent Excellence

Since that Super Bowl season in 2009, the Saints have won five NFC South division titles and qualified for the playoffs seven times.
Payton’s work with Brees and his development over their 14 seasons together is another notch under his belt. Brees, whom many believed was damaged goods following shoulder surgery prior to joining the Saints, went on to set all kinds of passing records under Payton’s tutelage.
Brees passed for 80,358 passing yards and 571 touchdowns. Those eye-popping numbers rank second all time to only Tom Brady.

Since Parcells retired following the 2006 season, the Cowboys have enjoyed moderate success under the likes of Wade Phillips, Jason Garrett and now Mike McCarthy.

None has accomplished what Payton has in Nawlins. The biggest difference between Payton and those other three is he gets results while holding players accountable.

The Cowboys have lacked discipline since Jimmy Johnson left after leading the franchise to consecutive Lombardi trophies in 1992 and 1993.

Payton would do wonders for an extremely talented Cowboys team on both sides of the football, especially QB Dak Prescott.

The Jets traded Belichick to the Patriots in 2000 and the Raiders traded Jon Gruden to the Buccaneers in 2002. Both won Super Bowls within a season, BB in 2001 and Gruden in the year he was dealt, 2002. The Cowboys have the pieces but lack the leadership.

It would probably be a perfect fit, but then again, you could name at least 12 teams that would love to bring SP into the fold.


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