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Sean Payton’s move to Dallas sparks criticism in New Orleans

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Sean Payton initially brought up the idea of living in Dallas when he first accepted the Saints job.   Owner Tom Benson and G.M. Mickey Loomis didn’t support the idea.

“Mickey wasn’t keen on that at all,” Payton wrote in his book Home Team.  “Whoever came would have to be all in, he said.  It was essential that the New Orleans Saints’ head coach be as much a part of the team and the community as any player, any team official or any fan. This was not a job a head coach could just phone in.”

So is he phoning it in now?  We decided to tread lightly on the impact of Payton’s decision to move to Dallas on Monday.  It didn’t seem fair for an outsider to make a judgment without knowing the situation better.  (Not that it’s stopped us before.)

Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune is not an outsider.  And the issues he raises in an excellent column on Tuesday are worth considering.

Duncan wonders why the move was allowed now if it wasn’t in 2006.   What precipitated the move?  He points out that Payton is “nobly respectful” of the demands his job puts on his family, but doesn’t ignore serious issues at play here.

“This isn’t the first questionable move of Payton’s five-year tenure, but it’s potentially much more damaging to his reputation than popping a few extra Vicodin or aligning himself with ex-con Mike Ornstein,” Duncan writes.

Speculation about a possible return of Payton to Dallas was alive in New Orleans before this news broke.    Payton will have to sell this move to his fanbase, and live with the increased speculation that the decision brings.

“New Orleans is the most proudly provincial city in America, and there’s no room for fence-sitters in post-Katrina New Orleans,” Duncan writes.   “You’re all in or you’re all out.”

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  1. gallaghedj311 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:00 AM

    Maybe Sean wants a key to the city too…

  2. buschleaguebandit says: Feb 8, 2011 11:01 AM

    I sure do hope this means he will be the Cowboys GM sooner than later…we could sure use a better GM cause Jerry is getting just a lil loopy!

  3. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 8, 2011 11:02 AM

    I don’t mind working here, I just don’t want to live here. Don’t take it personally.

  4. nps6724 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:05 AM

    “Duncan wonders why the move was allowed now if it wasn’t in 2006.”

    Winning the Super Bowl.

    As a Saints fan, I don’t see what the big deal is. He’s going to spend the majority of his time in NOLA anyway. On days where he wouldn’t be at the facility, he’ll be just outside of Dallas instead of just outside of NOLA (he lives approximately 30 minutes from the Saints’ facility).

    I don’t see him going back to Dallas. At all.

    Jerry Jones is the GM. He will never NOT be the GM until he’s dead. No coach will have autonomy. If Jones didn’t give complete control to Jimmy Johnson or Bill Parcells, he damn sure won’t give it to Payton.

    And as much as Payton likes Romo, there’s no way in hell he trades down from Brees. Brees is the perfect QB for him; there isn’t another QB in the world who would fit with him better.

    The man likes Dallas as a place to live. The man has earned the right to live wherever the hell he wants. He brought a SUPER BOWL WIN to NOLA. He can do whatever the hell he wants.

  5. mvp43 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:06 AM

    This is the beginning of the end for Payton and he knows it too. No matter how he portrays it, moving to Dallas is a slap in the face to NO. I think he’s planting the seed for his exit. Otherwise, why else would you move? NO area has plenty of affluent areas with good schools for his kids. A coach should live in the area of the team, otherwise get the hell out.

  6. arrogantathlete says: Feb 8, 2011 11:06 AM

    who would want to live in that dump called New Orleans. can’t fault someone for not living in that smell all year around. “You are either in with all the crime and murder or you are out”.

  7. moenthelawn82 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:07 AM

    Settle down New Orleans.

  8. tombrookshire says: Feb 8, 2011 11:08 AM

    Not the kind of city I would consider raising a family in. Corrupt, violent, too much drink and drugs. You’re either all in or all out. Dallas is much more family-friendly, much less humid.

  9. sknola says: Feb 8, 2011 11:08 AM

    Lifelong Saints fan and NOLA native here: not EVERYONE in New Orleans thinks this way. Jeff Duncan’s article was a cheap shot, a hit job, just because SP doesn’t open up with the local media about injuries, etc. It’s a personal cheap shot.

    Personally I don’t mind at all that SP is moving his family to Dallas. Sounds like a great subdivision, better schools, plus as the saying goes, “if mommas not happy no ones happy.”

    People are making way too big a deal about this. Jeff Duncan just lobbed a cheap shot (or three) with this article, not everyone here feels that way.

  10. gbfanforever says: Feb 8, 2011 11:08 AM

    I agree with everyone who says that he’s got every right to live where he deems best to raise his family. However, as such a prominent public figure in the city, it is a slap across the face of its citizens. The move basically admits he doesn’t think much of the city and he will come across as elitist, ie, it’s good enough for you guys but not for me. I think it’s the beginning of the end for him in NO.

  11. biff106 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:08 AM

    This is not even an issue. Family comes first and if he feels that Dallas is the best place to raise his family, then move there.

  12. bravin4evr says: Feb 8, 2011 11:09 AM

    people can live wherever they want; but nfl coaches should live in home state if not home city.

  13. erictheclown says: Feb 8, 2011 11:09 AM

    Awsome!

    I thought the SB gift saved the city?

  14. medtxpack says: Feb 8, 2011 11:10 AM

    “New Orleans is the most proudly provincial city in America, and there’s no room for fence-sitters in post-Katrina New Orleans,” Duncan writes. “You’re all in or you’re all out.”

    someones ego is getting to them. it is a blast of a place but the population is down to a third that it was a decade ago. i know they had a huge natural disaster but it looks like when most people left, then found greener pastures.

    and considering history and other events, i would go as far to say that NAWLINS is the most proudly provincial city in America, try the state of TEXAS. seriously, try it.

  15. blackglass3 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:11 AM

    New Orleans needs to get over itself. I imagine Tom Coughlin and Rex Ryan don’t live within New York City, and there are no newspapers there whining about it.

    Although, come to think of it, Why would Coughlin or Ryan live in NYC when there teams don’t even play there?

  16. stoutfiles says: Feb 8, 2011 11:12 AM

    He won you a Super Bowl New Orleans! Besides, don’t blame him for not wanting to own a house below sea level.

  17. bobbyhoying says: Feb 8, 2011 11:15 AM

    Maybe his family likes Dallas. Maybe Jim Mora’s family doesn’t like Philly. Who knows? People in most cities think their community is the greatest. The rest of the country disagrees, or they would move. I don’t know his personal situation but most guys would rather raise a family in Dallas than New Orleans. Even an Eagles fan.

  18. fordman84 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:17 AM

    If New Orleans runs the only coach to bring a SB win to that town out of town because of where he decides to call home, then they deserve to never win another SB ever again.

    You don’t hear Dallas complaining that the Texas Rangers manager lives in New Orleans in the offseason, do you?

  19. chapnastier says: Feb 8, 2011 11:19 AM

    “We decided to tread lightly on the impact of Payton’s decision to move to Dallas on Monday.”

    The hell you did. You guys went all out on his judgment. The guy wants to live in a good area, he has every right to do so. I live in Virginia and work in Maryland. Should my company demand I move?

  20. angrycorgi says: Feb 8, 2011 11:19 AM

    This is common in the NFL. People very often do not identify their professional city as their primary residence. It’s ridiculous for the management and media in NO to think that somehow their city has different guidelines than the rest of the country. Its even more ridiculous to suggest that this change will in any way adversely affect Sean’s performance in NO.

  21. goodjet says: Feb 8, 2011 11:19 AM

    I know I’ll get a lot of thumbs down and all but I just think it’s lame and if I lived in New Orleans I would not be happy about it —- You get paid millions to coach the team in New Orleans you should live close enough to drive to work —- And By The Way —- You can’t raise your kids when your not with them — With kids you never know when their going to need you, really need you —- I just think it’s really lame

  22. theshakeweight says: Feb 8, 2011 11:19 AM

    It is hard to believe that there is not one good school system in New Orleans for Payton. I have lived in Pittsburg, Cleveland, and Detroit and in everyone of those cities there at least a few top high schools (not just private but public schools) that rank with any in the country.

  23. alanschech says: Feb 8, 2011 11:20 AM

    Is this really a big deal? He’s not giving the playbook over to Dallas, he is just choosing to reside somewhere other than New Orleans. I didn’t know every coach was required to live in the city they work. Really New Orleans? Get over yourself this is a non-issue.

    Although I don’t mind the media getting on a coach other than Rex Ryan for no apparent reason.

  24. zappa69 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:22 AM

    This is good news for Mike McCarthy, he wanted to move to Minneapolis a couple of years ago but Ted said no. Now the McCarthy clan will be able to move to a big city that actually has a dentist instead of a barber doing the “toof pulling”.

  25. coachstram says: Feb 8, 2011 11:25 AM

    Maybe he just doesnt want his house looted in the event of another poorly prepared for natural disaster.

  26. kylem1992 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:25 AM

    Packer’s GM and Coach both have homes in Texas. How did that work out for them on Sunday? Why would anyone want to buy a home in TX and pay $0 state income taxes when they could live in another state and pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in state income taxes?

  27. lucky5927 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:25 AM

    That’s alright, America has been criticizing New Orleans for years. If it wasn’t for Girls Gone Wild and Marti Gras, people wouldn’t even know where New Orleans was before Sean Payton arrived and put Saints football on the map.

  28. nps6724 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:26 AM

    How is this a slap to the face of NOLA? Not everyone wants to live there. Do you honestly think all athletes live in the town they play in? And I mean LIVE. Not just stay during the season.

  29. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:30 AM

    Re: buschleaguebandit says: Feb 8, 2011 11:01 AM

    I sure do hope this means he will be the Cowboys GM sooner than later…we could sure use a better GM cause Jerry is getting just a lil loopy!

    ———————————————–
    20years later, it’ll be even worse. Jerry Jones is gonna be Al Davis on ‘roids. His GM responsibilities NOWHERE until he dies; and i bet his will will attempt to control that team from the grave. Enjoy the ride, cowboy nation. :, 0

  30. stonedwhitetrash says: Feb 8, 2011 11:31 AM

    It makes no difference where a person lives in New Orleans the whole city smells.

  31. nuxsucks says: Feb 8, 2011 11:34 AM

    “you’re all in, or you’re all out”

    Wow, try explaining that to the thousands of displaced residents who could not afford to move back. What a slap in the face.

  32. brutus9448 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:36 AM

    Last time I checked this is still a free country and a person can live whereever they want. Payton is the best thing that has happened to NO and they’ll end up running him out of town

  33. CKL says: Feb 8, 2011 11:38 AM

    You guys know where your coach lives???? Even after watching 11 years of BB coaching the Pats, I have no idea where he lives. Heck HE might live in Dallas. :)

    I like Sean P. Not sure what he’s on about with this, but he’s an unconventional dude who does unconventional things and because of that your team has SB rings. The fact he wanted to live there to begin with and openly admitted that in his book would lead me to think this is no big deal for his future with the Saints.

  34. damnvarmint says: Feb 8, 2011 11:45 AM

    Maybe he just wants the family out of the picture so he can do his “thing”. I know when im out all night doing keg stands my wife is all like “your 42! 42 year old men do not stay out until 4 in the morning doing keg stands!” Man, I wish I could send her away to Dallas sometimes.

  35. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:46 AM

    Dallas is a very nice city and area to live in, sorry New Orleans but there are a lot of problems there.

  36. cdizzle2011 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:47 AM

    First of all, Sean Payton and his family lived in Mandeville,not New Orleans. Mandeville is a great area to raise a family. So that being said, there has to be other reasons for him to relocate his family. I firmly believe that we have a right to raise our family however we deem necessary. I have seen the area to where they are moving and it is a very beautiful place. If thats where he feels comfortable putting his family, who are we to argue.

    NOW, we can speculate the reason for the move. I personally feel that his current job is the reason. Being a head coach is an extremely stressful job. A family can be a distraction, and if your significant other is not happy at home, then that can take your attention away from your job. It is known that in his pass coaching jobs, he has locked himself in his office on his off days to study and prepare for games, sleeping on the couch in his office. I believed he put wifey in a place to make her happy so he can put his full attention to bringing the WHO DATS another trophy………. GO SAINTS!!!!!!

  37. larf003 says: Feb 8, 2011 11:52 AM

    There is so much irony here it boggles the mind. Even the article mentions how New Orleans very own mayor Willy Wanka lived in Dallas when he was screwing up the Katrina situation! (Course that didn’t prevent NO from reelecting the buffoon, but that’s another story). Then there’s big bad Tom Benson who’s the biggest hypocrite of them ALL. He’s telling Sean where he can live & raise his children…..all while making a living running his car dealerships in SAN ANTONIO!!! Tommy boy even desperately tried to MOVE the Aints there right after Katrina! Remember that game they played at the Alamodome that yr?

    This would all make a lot more sense if the Aints owner practiced what he preached. The way I see it though, Payton’s just following Tommy boy’s lead, so why’s everyone so upset? Course it shouldn’t surprise me coming from the town that “embraced” the Aints after their owner REPEATEDLY tried to move the team for years. The hypocrites truly belong down there in NO.

  38. clownburger says: Feb 8, 2011 11:54 AM

    Do you guys know how many GM’s, Coaches & Players have homes outside of the City that they work in?

    It’s a lot.

    This isn’t an uncommon occurrence.

  39. schnalls says: Feb 8, 2011 11:55 AM

    I’m not really sure why this is such a big deal. Lots of coaches and players reside in other cities during the season and off-season. There is probably a family issue at play that is going unsaid (maybe his kids need a special school, maybe his wife dislikes New Orleans). It doesn’t and shouldn’t matter why.

    The only think that matters is wins and losses – and he’s doing just fine in that department.

  40. gypjet says: Feb 8, 2011 12:00 PM

    But New Orleans is a chocolate city that liberals have run into the ground.

  41. jagerbmb says: Feb 8, 2011 12:00 PM

    Wow… How can any self-important mediot come up with this. Seriously, you’re going to fault a man on where he wants to have his family at? Where he wants to purchase a home at? Must be a slow news day. You could always post more football goodies about how your room wasn’t cleaned when an ice storm shut the Dallas area down.

  42. thetooloftools says: Feb 8, 2011 12:02 PM

    If I was a Saints fan I wouldn’t care if he lived in a box under a bridge. Here in Cleveland we have had a string of lousy coaches and an owner who is asleep. Trade Ya?

  43. uclabruininstlouis says: Feb 8, 2011 12:05 PM

    @zappa69 Being an oral surgeon, I got a hoot out of your post. BTW, Green Bay isn’t too far from Milwaukee where they do have excellent dentistry. Kindest regards.

  44. dreamcowboy says: Feb 8, 2011 12:05 PM

    Do you think any of the coaches or players of any of the Washington teams actually live in DC?

  45. peytonwantsaflag says: Feb 8, 2011 12:08 PM

    Geesh – the honeymoon (and any semblance of gratitude) is definitely over.

    What’s the big deal anyway? Aren’t there actually more native New Orleanians living in Dallas than currently in NO anyway?

    Maybe Duncan needs to start worrying about getting some of those people back.

  46. marcinhouston says: Feb 8, 2011 12:13 PM

    Best case for Saints fans is that he is having an affair so he is moving his family to Dallas to give him more nights alone with a girlfriend in New Orleans during the week. Also, Texas has no state income tax.

    New Orleans has great rich isolated golf club neighborhoods just like Dallas, and Dallas too has areas high in crime and drug dealing that you will never see if you live in the rich golf areas, so people who think living in New Orleans means living in the 9th Ward need to get over themselves.

    BTW, since Payton is moving to Dallas it would be nice if the Saints special teams coordinator could move to Durban, Dubai, or Darwin. The Saints had a big disadvantage on starting field position this year and special teams turnovers.

  47. pftard says: Feb 8, 2011 12:13 PM

    Relax everybody,

    Sean Payton has two young children and this move is more a reflection on the crappy school systems in NOLA, compared to Dallas. As any parent wants their kids to grow up happy.., he’s also hoping they’ll turn out smart.

    Even the parents of kids in the NOLA school systems have to understand that decision.

  48. watney99 says: Feb 8, 2011 12:17 PM

    brutus9448 says:
    “Last time I checked this is still a free country”

    Check again . . .

  49. bristerfan says: Feb 8, 2011 12:19 PM

    Packer’s GM and Coach both have homes in Texas. How did that work out for them on Sunday? Why would anyone want to buy a home in TX and pay $0 state income taxes when they could live in another state and pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in state income taxes?

    ————————————————-

    @kylem1992 – excellent point. If anyone out there thinks that this isn’t somewhat financially motivated, they’re crazy. With TX not having a state income tax, the move to Dallas increases Payton’s income by hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. There may be other factors, but this is definitely one of them.

    Let him live where he wants. If his coaching falls off, or the team begins to consistently struggle, then this may be an issue. But in February it’s a total non-issue.

  50. breeshasabush says: Feb 8, 2011 12:22 PM

    He’s an Illinois home guy so if dude wanted to go “home why not go to illinois, if he wants so badly to be back in Dallas the GO AHEAD!!! All u ppl who think Duncan took a “Cheap shot” at him dont understand NOLA…. ur either in it with us or not… i get if he doesnt want to live here in the offseason but during the season the coach should be here bc thats what he gets paid for. Hes drolled over that Dallas Job for a while now and now the Saints organization has to worry about Jerry Jones constantly in his ear…. we all know Garrett is a yes man that Jerry wants until he gets his superstar coach. So Payton ur either with ur or not… if not we dont need you Brees can call the offensive plays along with our “offensive coordinator” and Gregg Williams can take over as Head Coach and we’ll probably have a more balanced team and we can finally have some one who gives a dam about defense. SP u know where the door is, u wanna walk out of it then u go right ahead… better u than Brees. I just still dont know why anyone would want to leave an organization where u are worshiped and given anything u want to do whatever u want to go to Dallas where u have an owner who pretends to know about football and will without a doubt undermine u if he doesnt agree with your decisions. At least Tom Benson knows hes just a rich white guy and not a football guy. And to you idiots who say Dallas is so much safer than N.O. and is better to raise a family- Payton lives in MANDEVILLE (40 mins away from the city). Mandeville is very upstanding, the Schools are excellent, and put next to Dallas the crime rate is not even close so get ur facts straight before you say something that stupid. Brees lives in the heart of the city and loves it and doesnt seem to have a problem “raising his family” here and neither does his wife. So Dallas u can take pass happy Payton bc no matter what coach, GM, or owner u have…. u still have Tony Romo as ur QB and we all know what that means…. happy trails SP! Thumbs down me all u want, but im NOLA proud and I dont want some Texan who feels our city isnt good enough for him coaching our team… stay in TX.

  51. no1billsfan says: Feb 8, 2011 12:24 PM

    Tom Benson should be catering to all of Sean Payton’s wishes for making his franchise a champion. He should be offering up his Wife and Daughters to Sean, let alone allowing the man live where he wants to live.

  52. nps6724 says: Feb 8, 2011 12:24 PM

    I would also like to point out Duncan has routinely taken shots at both Payton and Reggie Bush over the years, most of them unwarranted. The Vicodin and ex-con mentions in this article are just 2 examples.

    The ex-con mention is just ridiculous. Ornstein was popped for crimes he’s been committing since 1998. Brees has known him since his rookie year and has gone on record saying “He’s (Ornstein) a friend to a lot of guys”. The guy is known around the league as “Orny”, which doesn’t happen to a guy no one buddies up with. Yet Duncan doesn’t mention this at all, acting like Payton is the only NFL person who befriended him.

    Duncan’s a good news guy and a good enough analyst (his postgame reports are pretty good), but he’s a terrible columnist. Anything involving only his opinion is almost always completely worthless drivel.

  53. gallaghedj311 says: Feb 8, 2011 12:26 PM

    I’ll say this about Dallas. Living in South Jersey and being a birds fan, it’s hard for me to admit, but I love the city itself. Wonderful place. Spent time there for a few weeks on business. Good times, I dont blame Sean. But I still think he’s doing it for a key…..

  54. east96st says: Feb 8, 2011 12:40 PM

    If you want your coach to live in a specific area, make it part of his contract. If you do that, there’s no debate. Of course, you also narrow the number of candidates that will want the job. If you don’t do that, there’s still no debate because he can live wherever he chooses. I, personally, would pick Austin waaaay before Dallas, but different strokes…

  55. deadmanwalking47 says: Feb 8, 2011 12:49 PM

    if he wants to live on the moon and coach,they should support him!

  56. goawayeverybody says: Feb 8, 2011 12:53 PM

    Dear fellow New Orleans Saints fans,

    Don’t you DARE mess this up by starting to alienate Sean Payton for simply wanting to raise his kids in North Texas. Sean Payton is the best thing that EVER happened to the New Orleans Saints. THREE playoff runs out of FIVE years and a Super Bowl victory means Sean Payton can raise his kids wherever he pleases and we would be idiotic to make waves over this very insignificant point.

    Sincerely,
    A Sane Member of Who Dat Nation.

  57. goawayeverybody says: Feb 8, 2011 1:09 PM

    I think a lot of people here aren’t really aware of Sean Payton’s career. He was on the Cowboys’ coaching staff for three years and Dallas is where he and his family lived until he got the Saints’ head coaching job. So obviously, Dallas is a place he fell in love with and is where he wanted to raise his kids.

  58. billygoat says: Feb 8, 2011 1:14 PM

    I don’t blame him for not wanting to live under sea level with some crappy levies holding the ocean back.

  59. TxGrown says: Feb 8, 2011 1:14 PM

    Funny Tom Benson is from San Antonio Tx. Started his fortune there. Raised his family there. Car dealerships still there.

  60. ham1 says: Feb 8, 2011 1:15 PM

    Here we go.
    Seasons over and now we can read all about the drama that happens off the field. Sean Peyton gets to be the focal point of a witch hunt, then we can wait, or create, the next hype. Or….we can get more mileage out of:
    Haynesworth
    Frave
    Rexs thing for feet
    Anytime Vick farts
    How many more days until the season opener?
    Yawn

  61. abninf says: Feb 8, 2011 1:29 PM

    So he wants to improve the quality of life for his family, who probably begged to move to Dallas. Most residents of NO would like to do the same. Just because you have to work in a ghetto doesn’t mean you have to live there.

  62. abninf says: Feb 8, 2011 1:36 PM

    breeshasabush says:

    And to you idiots who say Dallas is so much safer than N.O. and is better to raise a family- Payton lives in MANDEVILLE
    ————————————————–

    Peyton is moving to Southlake. Google it heh

  63. dkhhuey says: Feb 8, 2011 1:50 PM

    Its really quite simple… the NFL is an amazingly transient business with a tenure and a memory about as solid and long as a snowflake life in hell. He’s on top now but a few more seasons like last year and he is on the hot seat. The Payton family obviously believes that Dallas is the best place to plant their roots and gain some stability in their lives – who the f@#$ this writer, or anybody else, for that matter, to question that decision. When he gets fire or leaves in the next few years, the impact on his family when it comes to leaving school and friends for a next job can be incredibly taxing and stressful. The fact that he wants to provide that stability for his family, not to mention get them out of the direct line of fire from writers/fans, tells me this man has his head on straight.

  64. daback9 says: Feb 8, 2011 1:54 PM

    What’s the hell this has to do with wins and losses???

  65. closisgood says: Feb 8, 2011 1:55 PM

    Why don’t people hate on Terry Bradshaw for living in D/FW? Shouldn’t he live in Pitt?

    New Orleans is not somewhere I’d wanna live, visit yet.
    Make em say uuugggghhhhh

  66. scra22 says: Feb 8, 2011 1:56 PM

    pftard says: Feb 8, 2011 12:13 PM

    Relax everybody,

    Sean Payton has two young children and this move is more a reflection on the crappy school systems in NOLA, compared to Dallas. As any parent wants their kids to grow up happy.., he’s also hoping they’ll turn out smart.

    Even the parents of kids in the NOLA school systems have to understand that decision.
    =========

    Except Payton’s kids weren’t going to school in New Orleans or even Orleans Parish, they were going to school in Mandeville, which is in St. Tammany Parish and where the Paytons lived, in an upscale, rich community.

    It’s fine if they want to move, but the Saints PR staff and Payton himself should have done a better job dropping this information, since allowing the rumor mill to leak it out made everyone think he was going to the Cowboys and people are still wondering what is going on and why after 5 years his family is moving away. He needs to make a statement on this soon to clear the air.

    If a football team that he used to work for and a guy named Jerry Jones weren’t in the city Payton was moving to, I think most people would have less of a problem with it.

  67. saintsfan1111 says: Feb 8, 2011 1:59 PM

    IMO, Sean Payton didn’t win the superbowl. Drew Brees did.

  68. closisgood says: Feb 8, 2011 2:00 PM

    Peyton is moving to Southlake. Google it heh

    Payton, not Peyton.
    Thats just outside of Dallas but a bit closer to Fort Worth. Nate Newton’s kid played HS ball there.
    Southlake HAD one of the best HS teams in the country for a 5year span. Maybe he wants his kids to go there.

  69. mvp43 says: Feb 8, 2011 2:14 PM

    mvp43 says:
    Feb 8, 2011 11:06 AM
    This is the beginning of the end for Payton and he knows it too. No matter how he portrays it, moving to Dallas is a slap in the face to NO. I think he’s planting the seed for his exit. Otherwise, why else would you move? NO area has plenty of affluent areas with good schools for his kids. A coach should live in the area of the team, otherwise get the hell out.

    ———————————————–

    Ok, the more I think about it after reading other posts, I have changed my mind. I wouldn’t want anyone telling me where to live. If he wants to live in Dallas or Anchorage no matter to me..just be sure you’re at work on time.

  70. stopmakingexcuses says: Feb 8, 2011 2:35 PM

    Wait to get mad in a few years when Jerry Jones hires him as a coach.

  71. breeshasabush says: Feb 8, 2011 3:13 PM

    arrogantathlete says:
    Feb 8, 2011 11:06 AM
    who would want to live in that dump called New Orleans. can’t fault someone for not living in that smell all year around. “You are either in with all the crime and murder or you are out”.

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    ppl like u dont understand nola and uve probably never been here bc if u have (which you’ll say u have when u know u havent) you’d see how good we treat each other and how charming the people as well as the city itself really are. There’s no other place like New Orleans in the world and the people who live here know that living anywhere else (especially Texas bc i lived there for two years) is a complete bummer. Anywhere in the U.S. has good and bad areas in each state but bc of how the news potrayed us during Katrina (90% of which was B.S.) you want to steriotype us. People like you who make us who we are….. PROUD, STRONG, and RESILLIANT! and when we win another one next year we’ll rub it in your face even worse bc you ppl say we can’t! WHO DAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  72. schmitty2 says: Feb 8, 2011 3:20 PM

    Peyton has a right to live wherever he sees fit but I think he sees the writing on the wall that it will be very tough for the Saints to get back to the Super Bowl. My prediction is Jerry Jones gives Garrett one year make the Cowboys better and if not Peyton replaces him in 2012

  73. scytherius says: Feb 8, 2011 3:26 PM

    Oh for heaven’s sake. This is the 21st century. Traveling is easy. He wins the Lombardi, they won’t care. How many Packers you think live in GB in the offseason? Almost none.

  74. txtuff says: Feb 8, 2011 3:35 PM

    Duncan wrote “New Orleans is the most proudly provincial city in America” that is why thousands of New Orleans that came to Houston after Katrina have yet to move back to their home town! Give me a break! New Orleans is lucky that Payton took the job in the first place if he was made to move his family there.

  75. nps6724 says: Feb 8, 2011 3:38 PM

    “I think he sees the writing on the wall that it will be very tough for the Saints to get back to the Super Bowl.”

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    Based on what? Great QB, improving defense. All they lack is a consistent running game like they had in ’09. A healthy Pierre Thomas and a healthy Chris Ivory should solve that.

    As much as been made about the Packers overcoming injuries to win the Super Bowl, the Saints have had similar injury problems in both ’09 and ’10. While the Saints didn’t have to place all their guys on IR, they still had tons of starters miss huge chunks of both seasons. A little luck injury-wise would put them right back into the thick of things quickly.

  76. cowboysp says: Feb 8, 2011 3:54 PM

    What everyone needs to realize is that Saints fans simply hate the Cowboys. That is why this is a problem for them….

  77. 1historian says: Feb 8, 2011 3:59 PM

    1) It’s noone’s business where the guy lives.

    so

    WGAS

  78. maf97 says: Feb 8, 2011 4:00 PM

    New Orleans is so special and must be coddled because of Katrina. It’s time to end this boo hooing. It’s a professional sports team. How many of the players LIVE year round in NOLA? Less than a handful probably. Why should the coach be any different. He is free to live anywhere he wants — as long as it does not impact his ability to effectively lead and coach the team. If the Saint’s ownership or NOLA citizens themselves want to demand that Payton live in NOLA, then let them contract with him for that.

  79. breeshasabush says: Feb 9, 2011 9:58 AM

    txtuff says:
    Feb 8, 2011 3:35 PM
    Duncan wrote “New Orleans is the most proudly provincial city in America” that is why thousands of New Orleans that came to Houston after Katrina have yet to move back to their home town! Give me a break! New Orleans is lucky that Payton took the job in the first place if he was made to move his family there.

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    yet again another SIMPLE MINDED TEXAN! Do I really have to tell you why so many haven’t moved back? Ask ur frineds in Galveston why some of the ppl in Nola are still misplaced bc they understand. How about you pick up a hammer, get off ur fat a$$ and come build their homes back so they can leave ur crappy republic of TX. You really are a perfect example of what a Texas persons intelligence level is really like. I know you done understand this so ill spell it out for you, Katrina was the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. There are still whole neighborhoods missing, flat slabs of concrete where peoples homes and memories used to be. The amount of physical damage that was done couldnt possibly be done in 6 years (those of us who gutted houses in lakeview bc there weren’t any jobs right after the storm know how overwhelming it was). There’s still homes that are gutted to the studs. So if its so easy why dont u come and do it for us Tex. Bc we ALL know how you ppl in TX “do the job right the first time” as we all saw with your scoreboard when your new stadium opened….didnt really think about a football being kicked in the air when yall put that plan together. so to conclude I seriosuly cant fathom how some of you ppl are taking lightly or even making fun of Katrina… its not a joke and its not a football issue. Peoples lives were lost and our state and national goverment failed us (do you not realize how scary that is when your national goverment stands by why your city is dying??) and you scum bags make jokes about this? Why not poke fun at people who were stuck in the twin towers…. noooo that would just be unamerican.. its the same thing american people died on a massive scale when they shouldnt have and could have been prevented. So if ur from TX, MN, or anywhere else in the world shut ur mouth ab Katrina bc you cant even begin to understand what we have gone through every single day since that storm hit…. have a shred of dignity. This is a post ab Sean Payton…. it goes too far when the Katrina JOKES roll in

  80. packmanfan says: Feb 14, 2011 7:08 PM

    Yeah, so?

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