Earlier tonight, Rosenthal pointed out some additional comments from Saints coach Sean Payton regarding a relocation from New Orleans to Dallas that triggered rumors he’d soon be leaving the team.
Earlier in the day, the Saints saw fit to release statements from Payton, his boss, and the boss.
Said owner Tom Benson: “Sean is our head coach. Like we do with everyone in our organization, we support them when they need to make tough personal decisions. Sean is making a decision in the best interest of his family and he needs our support and he will get it. What I do know is that Sean is completely focused on bringing our team back to a championship. We continue to move in that right direction and I look forward to 2011.”
Added G.M. Mickey Loomis: “Sean and I have discussed his decision to move his family to Dallas and like with any personal decision, it is important that he does what is best for his family. This is a personal family matter for Sean and his family and after discussing it with him, I support his decision. We spoke of numerous other coaches that have done the same thing successfully. I am confident that Sean will continue to be an excellent head coach for the Saints for many years to come and he remains steadfast to get our team back to the Super Bowl and bring the Lombardi Trophy back to New Orleans.”
And, finally, Payton himself: “When my wife and I relocated our family from Dallas, we had always dreamed of someday settling there. We feel that now is the best time to do this. It’s a decision that I’m sure many families have to confront, and I don’t know if there is any one right or wrong decision — just the best one you can make for your own family.”
We initially believed that there was no reason for Saints fans to get too bent out of shape about this development. But it seems that Payton and the powers-that-be are spending too much time trying to persuade us all that the move means nothing.
Which makes us think that maybe the move means something.