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Brees calls Payton’s move to Dallas a “non-issue”

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After news broke on Super Sunday of Saints coach Sean Payton moving to Dallas, a stream of “nothing to see here”-style comments came from Payton, G.M. Mickey Loomis, and owner Tom Benson.

We’d yet to hear from quarterback Drew Brees.

But now we have.

Brees recently addressed the situation in an interview with Melissa Jacobs of ESPN.com.  “It’s a non-issue,” Brees said.  “I think everyone wants to immediately jump to conclusions and all of them are so untrue.  The first of which is his family and him are having problems.  No, that’s not the case at all.  The other one is he’s taking a job with the Dallas Cowboys.  No, not true either.  People want to immediately jump to conclusions as to why he’s bought a home in Dallas but most players and coaches in the league have a home base, a place where they’re either from or where they spent a lot of time before so they have a solid foundation.  There’s not a guy who’s more committed to his team and the city of New Orleans than Sean Payton.   I think he’s proven that.”

The non-issue could continue to be an issue unless and until Payton signs a contract extension with the Saints.  He pointed out this week that he’s under contract for two more years.  If he’s committed to the team for the long haul and if the team is committed to him, why not extend the deal?

Until that happens, plenty of Saints fans will be nervous about the possibility that Payton has two more seasons, max, as head coach of the team.

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23 Responses to “Brees calls Payton’s move to Dallas a “non-issue””
  1. Caldon says: Feb 12, 2011 9:08 PM

    But did we hear from Shockey yet? This isn’t over until we have

  2. goawayeverybody says: Feb 12, 2011 9:25 PM

    Thanks Drew for defusing the situation. Now can we all relax a little, my fellow Saints fans?

    Super Bowl XLVI Saints 38, Ravens 17.

    You heard it here first.

  3. pmars64 says: Feb 12, 2011 9:45 PM

    It wouldn’t surprise me if he doesn’t sign an extension. What more does he have to prove in NO? He’s done something that few ever do and that’s turn around a franchise long perceived as a loser, among the dregs of its league, and won a championship. That’s really hard to do. I’ve been a Saints fan for years, but despite winning the SB last year, there are more marquee franchises than this one. He’s made no bones about really wanting the Packers job first. I could see him wanting to go elsewhere and try to be the first coach to win SBs for two different franchises.

  4. hosmachine says: Feb 12, 2011 9:48 PM

    I dont really care if he moves to Nome Alaska as long as the team plays well and is prepared every week. Its not like hes gonna live there during the season. As far as him going to dallas who really wants to take over that train wreck seriously.

  5. hobartbaker says: Feb 12, 2011 10:02 PM

    Drew said if it was Walter Payton we were talking about, or even Peyton Manning, then it would be important. But it’s just Sean Payton.

  6. nickster2k says: Feb 12, 2011 10:07 PM

    I think everyone wants to immediately jump to conclusions and all of them are so untrue. The first of which is his family and him are having problems.

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    Why would anyone think that??? His wife and kids are only about 500 miles away for about 10 months out of the year while he’s chilling in “the Big Easy”.

    I’m sure everything’s fine at home.

  7. numb7r says: Feb 12, 2011 10:33 PM

    “He pointed out this week that he’s under contract for two more years. If he’s committed to the team for the long haul and if the team is committed to him, why not extend the deal?”

    2years is a lifetime in the NFL, and why extend him if there might not be a season. An extension implies a raise.

  8. rooster1975 says: Feb 13, 2011 12:33 AM

    After signing the closing documents on his Dallas-area mansion, Payton and his family were serenaded by their new neighbors, The Jonas Brothers, who sang a congratulatory song written just for the occasion. Immediately thereafter, Payton was whisked to a downtown Dallas studio to film a Public Service Announcement on behalf of the NFL to support the continued rebuilding of New Orleans. The PSA has not yet aired due to the uncertainty surrounding the impending lockout, but the script has been leaked:

    Hi. I’m Sean Payton, head coach of the New Orleans Saints football team. I just wanted to take a moment to share with you the great strides that New Orleans has taken since hurricane Katrina unleashed its fury on the city. Today, New Orleans is once again a vibrant city, and a desired destination. It’s a place where you can buy a home, raise your kids, and establish firm, deep roots for you family. But don’t just take my word for it, move your families here and see for yourself. Whether you are coming by car, rail, or airplane, New Orleans awaits you and your family with open arms. And if you happen to run across my family along the way, please bring them back here with you. Thank you.

  9. r0b1b0y says: Feb 13, 2011 12:42 AM

    1) the labor deal has to get worked out
    2) peyton manning gets his deal done
    3) brees does his deal at a notch below manning
    4) sean payton signs a deal that expires at the same time as brees’

    think this stuff through

  10. downsouth49er says: Feb 13, 2011 1:19 AM

    This is a non-issue like Brees said. A guy can’t coach for a team in one state and live in another state? What is Payton gonna do? Leave the Saints HC position for the Cowboys HC position? No the Cowboys have their HC!! Is he going to leave the Saints HC position for the Cowboys OC position? Not only do I believe Garrett will be calling his own plays, but leaving a HC position to be OC is just stupid. So what exactly is all the fuss about?

  11. wayupsouth says: Feb 13, 2011 8:05 AM

    I think part of the reason everybody’s freaking out is that it’s Dallas. Personally, I could give a rip where he lives. I just want ‘em to win. More importantly, they can’t win if nobody’s playing. If the boneheads with the league and the union don’t work something out, everybody’s going to have bigger issues than where Payton’s paying his property taxes.

  12. jimr10 says: Feb 13, 2011 8:09 AM

    Drew, the only exercise some people minds get is jumping to conclusions.

  13. ncoolong says: Feb 13, 2011 8:36 AM

    Payton wanted to live in Dallas and commute to New Orleans when he was first offered the Saints job, but Benson said he wanted someone to live within the post-Katrina city as a way to unify the team and the city.

    The fact he’s going to get his mail in Dallas is nothing more than Payton doing what he was going to do originally. I think it’s safe to say the man has earned the right to do it.

    He spent a portion of his autobiography on this topic, and made it pretty clear it isn’t anything against New Orleans, but the Dallas area is where his family wants to be.

    His contract extension is a separate issue. Even Super Bowl champions don’t necessarily get new deals when they have two years left. If this is 2012, and he’s going into the last year of his deal, this is more of a story.

  14. jf1339 says: Feb 13, 2011 9:10 AM

    nickster2k says: Feb 12, 2011 10:07 PM

    I think everyone wants to immediately jump to conclusions and all of them are so untrue. The first of which is his family and him are having problems.

    =======================

    Why would anyone think that??? His wife and kids are only about 500 miles away for about 10 months out of the year while he’s chilling in “the Big Easy”.

    I’m sure everything’s fine at home.

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    Maybe his wife has family or close friends that live in Dallas and since Sean puts in long hours she would rather be around them 10 months out of the year.

    And in all honesty, who really cares about this. If there are family problems, who cares?

  15. abninf says: Feb 13, 2011 9:16 AM

    He got the Saints, of all teams, a Lombardi. I think he’s entitles to move his family to a place they will be happy. Of course the PFT rumor mongering will continue.

  16. dewalt2990 says: Feb 13, 2011 9:19 AM

    In two years, if Garrett is doing well, you won’t have to worry about him leaving…for Houston maybe, but not Dallas.

  17. jc1958cool says: Feb 13, 2011 9:30 AM

    2 yrs there won’t be a problem! then he can coach and live in big D!

  18. Canyonero says: Feb 13, 2011 9:43 AM

    New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin moved his family to Houston, Texas.

    This is different…. how?

  19. turbodog1027 says: Feb 13, 2011 10:13 AM

    The only way this really stays a ‘non-issue’ is if the Saints offer and Payton signs a contract extension. Absent the extension, this will always be front and center.

  20. lgbarn says: Feb 13, 2011 11:10 AM

    Dungy coached Indy and lived in Tampa…still does. Who cares where he lives as long as he gets his team ready to play. As a Bucs fan, I hope they stink the joint up but that’s a different story.

  21. CKL says: Feb 13, 2011 12:15 PM

    Say what you will about Payton but he is a smart cookie. Anyone think if he really wanted to be the HC in Dallas he would openly move there first? Nope.

    And as another poster said he talks about it in his book. It’s a good book, I enjoyed it, and I am a Pats fan. Go read the thing before you jump on the dude.

  22. backindasaddle says: Feb 13, 2011 5:34 PM

    I hardly think you can blame Payton for not wanting his kids to go to school and grow up in New Orleans. Are we really going to try to blame him for recognizing the truth and doing what’s right for his family? What’s next?…are we going to force affluent people to send their kids to Detroit public schools? I wouldn’t want to live in New Orleans and you couldn’t drag me with bulldozer into Detroit. Both places are dumps and I recognize that. Don’t criticize me for speaking the truth and don’t even think about giving me crap for making certain my kids aren’t raised in such environments.

  23. brady2welker says: Feb 13, 2011 6:28 PM

    Drews wack nothen on brady saints fans wack too

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