Payton, Brees dynamic complicates coach’s status

AP

The report that Saints coach Sean Payton could/will be a free agent after the 2012 season raises plenty of interesting angles.

Here’s another one.

Quarterback Drew Brees will definitely need an explanation.

Brees signed a long-term deal with the Saints, surely under the impression that Payton will be back.  If he’s not, that will be a problem.

And even if Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t merit blame for an outcome that would result in Payton leaving, plenty of fans will blame Goodell — especially if Brees vents his frustration by pointing to the entire bounty fiasco as the first domino that resulted in Payton leaving town.

So, yes, things are going to getting very interesting as the end of the season approaches.