Will Jerry Jones finally make a run at Sean Payton?

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Last week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made reference to opportunities that may arise next week when discussing his coaching staff. Well, next week is here.

Some insist that Jones was referring not to coach Jason Garrett, but to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. The fact that the Cowboys fired Linehan last week would tend to undermine that argument, however.

The context of the discussion and the broader circumstances point to Garrett. And the speculation in some circles has led to Saints coach Sean Payton as being the person to whom Jones was referring when he mentioned an opportunity that could arise next week.

It’s next week. And Payton is available. If, of course, the Saints are willing to part with Payton. And if, of course, the Cowboys are willing to compensate the Saints. And if, of course, the Cowboys are willing to compensate Payton. And if, of course, the Cowboys are willing to absorb the scrutiny and the fine that would flow from blatant defiance of the spirit or letter of the Rooney Rule.

Still, the nagging sense that Jones will eventually make a run at Payton won’t go away. That’s why it makes sense to continue to keep an eye on Dallas, at least for the next week or so.

41 responses to “Will Jerry Jones finally make a run at Sean Payton?

  1. He’s staying in New Orleans. He applied for Packers’ HC job many years ago but was turned down, no other better situation for him than New Orleans.

  2. Why would Sean Payton leave New Orleans where he still has brees & a litany of other pieces for that d-bag organization where the QB isn’t capable of throwing the ball 15 yards down the field accurately?

  3. Can’t imagine a situation where the Saints would let him walk and he has a good thing going in New Orleans where he’s beloved.

    The Cowboys have had such a long dry spell and he’d be brought in as a savior and would be under pressure to deliver quickly or the firing rumors would start soon.

  4. remember that one year you thought peyton manning was going to coach/gm the titans because of some tangential connections between the parties involved? remember how you wrote about it every day?
    that’s what this feels like. it’s never going to happen.

  5. He wouldn’t leave the Saints, especially with Brees coming back, plus who the hell wants an owner who masquerades as a GM looking over their shoulder?

  6. And if, of course, the Cowboys are willing to absorb the scrutiny and the fine that would flow from blatant defiance of the spirit or letter of the Rooney Rule.
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    So if you circumvent the Rooney Rule you just have to pay a little bit of money? Sounds like NFL equivalent of a rolling stop. We have seen how effective this rule is and it’s embarrassing. Does anyone really take it seriously?

  7. Don’t see it. Too many obstacles for it to make any sense. Plus, Payton isn’t unhappy in N.O.

  8. Sean Payton isn’t going to take a sock puppet job. And Jerruh is never going to let his HC be in charge.

  9. Coaches are not sold for cash; they are dealt for immediate draft picks which Dallas does not have. Without a #1 (see Amari Cooper), no deal is possible.

    Oh, use a 2020 draft pick you say? Nobody does that either because of the uncertainty of wehre that pick will be. That is far into the future, so the Saints would demand additional comppensation. Dallas cannot mortgage two first round drafts in a row.

  10. I can’t see Sean Payton leaving the Saints under any circumstances. I can’t see him wanting to coach anywhere else …. and while he is under contract I can’t see the Saints letting him coach anywhere. I predict he will coach the Saints for sure as long as Brees is still there and then probably a couple more years trying to see if lightning can strike twice and he can have another Hall of Fame quarterback fall into his lap.

  11. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    January 22, 2019 at 10:40 am
    Why would Sean Payton leave New Orleans where he still has brees…

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    Because Drew Brees is ancient and as he demonstrated this offseason, Sean Payton thinks that money is a more important motivating tool for winning than anything else.

  12. Sean Payton, assistant HC under Parcells, the one that got away from Jerry due to bad timing.

    If Parcells would have retired one year earlier, after 05, instead of 06, Payton would have taken over Dallas instead of Wade Phillips, instead of going to NO.

    Romo & Witten would likely retired with a ring, the roster would be so different today as well.

    That ship sailed long ago, oh well clap on.

  13. There has never been a head coach to win SBs with multiple teams. Something to think about.

  14. I don’t think Payton would leave for Dallas where he would have to deal with daily meddling/drama from Jerry Jones. Remember how he saddled Parchells with T.O. ? The Cowboys are Jerry’s toy, and he LOVES to play with it. He LOVES the media listening to his every word, and the attention that goes with it. He’s never going to change…….

  15. Jerry will be consulting with his former quarterback, Tony Romo to see if he can predict if Sean Payton will become his next head coach.

  16. Payton will not be a puppet to JJ. Payton wants to do it his way and not have anyone looking over his back. JJ WILL NEVER win a Super Bowl until he steps down from the gm position and let some one else run the team.

  17. Jerry Jones gave total control to Bill Parcells, to those who think he would not relinquish control……just fyi

  18. Payton is a great coach, but also a major tool — I can’t imagine combining him with the Cowboys, who so many already can’t stand as it is.

  19. Jerry….Please, please get Sean Payton ! He lives in Dallas in the off season anyway. Getting rid of Linehan was a good first step….now take it to the next level and get Payton

  20. Some background information is needed here to educate the casual fan that this is more than just speculation.

    Payton worked in Dallas under Parcells and was believed to be the heir apparent once Parcells retired. For instance, he interviewed for other jobs- and accepted the HC position for the Raiders. But Jerry loved him and paid him big money to stay. However, Parcells stuck around and Payton ultimately accepted the Saints HC gig. This makes Payton the ‘one that got away’ from Jerry. Payton is credited for bringing in Tony Romo away from the clutches of Denver after conclusion of the draft.

    Also note that Payton still lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and commutes to New Orleans during the season. Payton’s kids go to school in Dallas. So it’s where Payton has established ‘roots’.

    Finally – A head coach salary does not count against the cap. So Jerry can pay him whatever he wants to lure him away. Tom Benson has passed on, leaving ‘new’ ownership in NO, and rumors have circulated that Sean Peyton could be had at the right compensation.

  21. Couple of thoughts…

    They gonna fire Kitna, too? I mean, why hire Kitna in the first place if the idea is to send Garrett out the door?

    I can see a day where Payton will be ready to leave New Orleans, but he’s got unfinished business there after the last two years, and he still has Brees for another year.

    My guess is he stays.

  22. You people are delusional. You all make matter of fact statements as if you know anyone actually involved. How do you know Payton is happy? You do not… None of us know. Either this will happen or it won’t but nothing any of you say matters or is even remotely important. We have know idea.

  23. He does not want to leave NO, but greed rules and as he and agent want $$$, so the Dallas narrative will now become fake news front and center. I hope media doesn’t overplay the obvious agenda regarding why this Dallas connection is making headlines, but obviously they will.

  24. The real question is does Sean Payton really want to coach the Cowboys? If he doesn’t, nothing else matters. If he’s interested, then what will it take to get him.

  25. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    January 22, 2019 at 10:40 am
    Why would Sean Payton leave New Orleans where he still has brees & a litany of other pieces for that d-bag organization where the QB isn’t capable of throwing the ball 15 yards down the field accurately?
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    Why would Payton leave:

    1) he’s an NFL head coach with a Super Bowl ring, most college or NFL coaches want challenges, they have success some place, retire suddenly only to resurface elsewhere and ready to go at it again
    2) he’s worked for the Jones family before, they have an established rapport. Years ago a story circulated about Payton and other Saints personnel taking a bottle reserved for Jerry and Cowboys personnel at some restaurant, Payton left Jerry a note about the bottle, they clealry get along
    3) listening to The Ticket from Dallas, their hosts have said previously and more recently after Florio’s first article about this that Payton has made no secret about his desire to coach the Cowboys and Jerry has made no secret about his desire to have Payton coach the Cowboys
    4) like it or not, the Dallas Cowboys despite their ongoing drought are still the biggest room in Vegas by NFL standards, that was what Parcells aaid when he came to town and everyone wants to play in the biggest room in Vegas
    5) compare the stadiums, the practice facilities and the owner’s willingness to spend whatever it will take to win, clear advantage to Dallas
    6) Payron had a residence in Dallas for awhile even after he took over the Saints, he still may

    All that being said, the moves with Kitna and possibly Moore after Linehan exited sets it up to put everything on Garrett for next season, Brees is back next year, Payton will be back next year and when Garrett fails next year Jerry may make his move. Or, because it’s Jerry, maybe he pushes it all to the middle and does it now because he is in his 70s.

  26. dragonfly99 says:

    He’s staying in New Orleans.
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    Don’t be too sure. He moved his family to DFW in 2011. They live near the Cowboys practice facility.

  27. Jerry will hire himself as head coach because that is one area that he doesn’t control day to day. We know Jerry is an megalomaniac with a personality he thinks everyone loves and will do anything to please him. Jerry, be humble before you are humiliated.

  28. As long as Brees is still playing, I think Payton will be in NOLA. However, after Drew retires, all bets are off. Coach genuinely likes Jerry and the feeling is mutual. Coach likes the DFW area and that’s where his family is. So yea, I think he’l eventually coach the Cowboys. He just won’t do it until Drew retires.

    I will leave one trump card though, and that will be Gayle Benson. If Rita had gained control of the team, then yea he’d be outta NOLA as soon as he could make it happen. Loomis would probably leave too. But Gayle is a very different person, that by all accounts loves her people. She might be able to convince him to stay.

  29. If Payton goes to Dallas, then two of the biggest ayeholes in football will be in one place.

  30. Jerry can pay Romo 10 mil a year and give up zero draft picks. Romo is going to call a superbowl and then try to win one as a head coach.

  31. Yea, Parcells had total control over Jerry. That’s why he left so fast. Payton is not a yes man. No matter how drunk Jerry gets.

  32. SP is not going to Dallas. Jerry Jones is too much of a control freak to give SP control of the roster. If by some small chance SP does go…he’ll be gone in a season or 2

  33. “And if, of course, the Cowboys are willing to absorb the scrutiny and the fine that would flow from blatant defiance of the spirit or letter of the Rooney Rule.”
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    Essentially, does the Rooney Rule mean that a team can only trade for a minority coach? Put another way, is there a Rooney Tax associated with every trade for a non-minority coach?

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