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FOX would have a hard time getting access for Payton

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Forgotten, at least for now, in the looming suspension of Saints coach Sean Payton is the fact that FOX has expressed an interest in hiring him for 2012.  And that has sparked plenty of chatter about his possible value as a game analyst.

But here’s the problem.  With FOX handling the NFC package and with Payton proclaiming that he’ll be back coaching the Saints in 2013, what head coach in his right mind would invite Payton into practice or a production meeting?

Apart from the fact that Payton easily could take notes for use in 2013 is the possibility that Payton and the team’s interim head coach could communicate via an undocumented bat phone.  We’re not saying the Payton would violate the terms of his suspension; the point is that some coaches will fear that he may — and as a result they won’t want Payton anywhere near their teams.

If you think it’s paranoia run amok, you don’t understand how football coaches think.  Some coaches are still nervous about Brian Billick being present at practice, given that his brother-in-law is Falcons coach Mike Smith, even though there’s no reason to believe Billick would funnel information to Smith.

And so, if Payton is going to go into broadcasting in 2012, he’ll likely be relegated to a studio show, unless FOX is willing to have him work games without having an opportunity to prepare in the way that other game analysts do.  At FOX, it would mean adding another seat to the five-man table.

At ESPN, which has yet to show an interest in Payton, he could simply fill Bill Parcells’ seat.

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33 Responses to “FOX would have a hard time getting access for Payton”
  1. terripet says: Mar 29, 2012 10:58 AM

    this guy should of been kicked out of the leauge

  2. monsterscream says: Mar 29, 2012 10:59 AM

    Am I an idiot bcuz I thought the headline meant: (John) Fox would have a hard time getting access for Payton (Peyton Manning)?

  3. kd727 says: Mar 29, 2012 11:01 AM

    Yeah Payton, it’s going to be fun trying to get Rivera, Smith, and Schiano to break down their teams for you and take you behind the scenes. I’m sure they’ll welcome you with open arms, take you behind the scenes, take you through practice, go over their roster with you…oh wait, none of that will happen. No coach in the NFL will do that, much less division opponents. If Payton’s a smart man, he’ll lay low for a year and quietly reassume the reigns in 2013. However, I’ve also read that he’s quite the arrogant man as well, so I don’t bet on that happening.

  4. sfsaintsfan says: Mar 29, 2012 11:09 AM

    “Some coaches are still nervous about Brian Billick being present at practice, given that his brother-in-law is Falcons coach Mike Smith…”

    Billick and Smith are both so clueless that any “information” Billick passed on to Smith would probably be a net positive for the other team.

  5. dhgreen99 says: Mar 29, 2012 11:10 AM

    If he’s suspended, the NFL should block this hiring. What kind of message does it send that he cannot coach but his opinions on other coaches are “importatnt”?

  6. turtlehut says: Mar 29, 2012 11:16 AM

    And others, knowing that Sean Payton will lie to anybody (his owner, media, NFL, etc,) if he thinks it gives him any advantage, should not believe anything that comes from him.

  7. beavertonsteve says: Mar 29, 2012 11:19 AM

    I’m thinking ESPN could hire him for a weekly special where they track down players and coaches involved in Bountygate. Each week could be a new revelation with suspensions and fines looming. It would be like a crime show for NFL fans.

  8. erictheclown says: Mar 29, 2012 11:25 AM

    We’re not saying the Payton would violate the terms of his suspension; the point is that some coaches will fear that he may

    No way Payton would engage in anything underhanded.

  9. NancyNancy says: Mar 29, 2012 11:28 AM

    It should be that Payton cannot benefit at all from his suspension…meaning that he wouldn’t be able to make an income or profit from or during his suspension. If he wants to work at Walmart, fine; but he should in no way be able to benefit because of his suspension.

  10. fatfreddystubbs says: Mar 29, 2012 11:34 AM

    I know head-coaches like Payton are driven and competitive and he’ll no doubt miss coaching, but still, this guy sounds like he’s about to have the coolest one year “punishment” ever. Lots of golf, analyze NFL games.

    You really showed him Roger.

  11. dexterismyhero says: Mar 29, 2012 11:35 AM

    Hell the Saints got fined what $500,00. But they saved $5,800,000 by not paying their head coach. Winning!!!!!

    No way should he be allowed to work in TV doing NFL football stuff.

  12. bdawkins2 says: Mar 29, 2012 11:38 AM

    monsterscream says:
    Mar 29, 2012 10:59 AM
    Am I an idiot bcuz I thought the headline meant: (John) Fox would have a hard time getting access for Payton (Peyton Manning)?

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    No, you’re an idiot because you wrote “bcuz”

  13. dickc82 says: Mar 29, 2012 12:10 PM

    If he’s suspended, the NFL should block this hiring. What kind of message does it send that he cannot coach but his opinions on other coaches are “importatnt”?

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    I believe the league would be opening it self up to litigation if it tried to limit his opportunities to work outside of the NFL umbrella. I have seen a company try to go after guys they fire that have no compete clauses. I am sure there is no such clause in the coach’s contract. His agent would have made sure he would be available to the media after his gig was up.

  14. gotampabay52 says: Mar 29, 2012 12:11 PM

    Shouldnt be allowed to make any money in dealing with football shouldnt be allowed to watch football go hang with ur wife or sit in a chair watch religion channel

  15. olcap says: Mar 29, 2012 12:14 PM

    After the disregarding of rules, not only of the NFL, but rules that illustrate dignity, respect for others and responsibility for simply a respectable person to live by, do you seriously think there’s anything that is anathema to Sean Payton’s moral code?

    He’s a crumb, and has no ethics whatsoever.

  16. LSUSaint76 says: Mar 29, 2012 12:19 PM

    One other point also – the NFL can only police what goes on in the NFL. If Payton wants to go do broadcasting or be a greeter for Walmart, that’s between Payton and those prospective employers. The NFL can’t tell Payton not to accept certain jobs nor can the NFL tell other companies not to hire Payton. Common sense.

  17. LSUSaint76 says: Mar 29, 2012 12:30 PM

    Not sure what happened to my other post but I’ll make it again just a lot shorter and to the point – people can scream they want the lifetime ban all they want – but most of those people are the same ones that if Payton was available to coach their team, would pick him in a heartbeat. Yes what the Saints did is awful and they are getting what they deserve, but don’t pretend for a second that other NFL teams wouldn’t jump at a chance to get him if they had it.

  18. robert831 says: Mar 29, 2012 12:44 PM

    Ban this a-hole from all NFL related activities and media period. The Saints got off so easy, it’s crazy. I still can’t believe they didn’t take multiple first round picks.

  19. solgoode says: Mar 29, 2012 12:49 PM

    Sean Payton wouldn’t do anything dishonest and ethical. Just ask him.

  20. marvsleezy says: Mar 29, 2012 12:53 PM

    Goddell will call all the NFL’s “network partners” behind the scenes and let them know that he doenst want Peyton hired – They will do as they are told.

  21. wayupsouth says: Mar 29, 2012 12:54 PM

    The sanctimonious comments about what a bounder and cad this guy is were amusing two weeks ago…now they’re just old. There aren’t but 31 other teams that have engaged in this stuff at one time or another. If the guy just wasn’t paying attention, or he didn’t care, it’s part of the culture. He’s gonna do his time and move on.

    As for Fox, why the hell would he want to work for them? They disemboweled him on their website, friggin’ dragged him through the mud. Whether anyone thinks he deserved it or not is beside the point. I just don’t think he’d want to be involved with an organization that essentially made him out to be Satan incarnate.

  22. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 29, 2012 1:13 PM

    So it’s OK for Payton to work on TV? Can Gregg Williams do so as well? I don’t recall Manny Ramirez, during his suspensions, sitting in the FOX booth talking baseball with Buck and McCarver.

  23. dsimp724 says: Mar 29, 2012 1:14 PM

    If he does get the job I hope he puts a hit out for troy aikman

  24. adenaguy says: Mar 29, 2012 1:17 PM

    I’d never watch any channel where that tubesteak was talking.

  25. bayoubauer says: Mar 29, 2012 1:29 PM

    gotampabay52 says:
    Mar 29, 2012 12:11 PM
    Shouldnt be allowed to make any money in dealing with football shouldnt be allowed to watch football go hang with ur wife or sit in a chair watch religion channel

    Shut up and enjoy the bottom of the NFC south again, while we win it with our coach hanging with his wife, sitting in his chair, watching religion channel.

  26. doubleogator says: Mar 29, 2012 1:38 PM

    It’s amazing how many of you NFL fans can write “hate mail” about someone you don’t even know. Would it make you happier if we were more like some other countries and just took him out and stoned him to death? Sean Peyton probably has more class than everyone of you “haters and bashers” out there….

  27. chawk12thman says: Mar 29, 2012 1:41 PM

    NFL Network should hire him…..Then they could keep better tabs on his communications and goings on……wait, as demonstrated by Sapp’s rant…….never-mind.

  28. tombrookshire says: Mar 29, 2012 1:44 PM

    What could he learn in production meetings that he doesn’t already know or couldn’t see on film? Hell, it’s football, blocking and tackling. Get a life, coaches.

  29. roadtrip3500 says: Mar 29, 2012 1:45 PM

    The question really becomes, if Payton is suspended from the league, wouldn’t that prevent him from actually entering other teams’ facilities and stadiums? That would limit Payton to the Fox studio in Los Angeles… and they have too many guys to get a word in edgewise now.

  30. mdd913 says: Mar 29, 2012 2:22 PM

    ESPN should hire Payton as the lead commentator on a resurrected “Jacked Up” segment.

    Then Payton could analyze each hit and suggest ridiculous suspensions based on half-truth, innuendo, speculation and personal grudges.

  31. voodoo4409 says: Mar 29, 2012 3:17 PM

    I so enjoy the jealous comments from the haters…such losers on this board and likely in life….serving fries with the burgers at Wendy’s must not be very fulfilling for you….Geaux Saints….SB champs this year..fact…

  32. bayouboy82 says: Mar 29, 2012 4:27 PM

    I fully understand this what they are saying and I’m a saints fan. A coach would be dumb as hell to allow a coach that will most likely coaching in 2013 in their meetings and practices.

  33. olcap says: Mar 29, 2012 6:56 PM

    marvsleezy says:
    Mar 29, 2012 12:53 PM

    Goddell will call all the NFL’s “network partners” behind the scenes and let them know that he doenst want Peyton hired – They will do as they are told.
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    One can only hope!

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