Sean Payton On Dallas Cowboys Rumor “None of that is true. It’s just not true. I understand that speculation.”February 9, 2011 – 7:00 am by Steven Cuce
The speculation began to swirl around the internet over the weekend regarding Sean Payton’s purchasing of a new family home in the Dallas area, with a rumor arising that the head coach of the New Orleans Saints was booking it out of the “The Big Easy” to take an upper management position with the Dallas Cowboys. Some even speculated Payton could possibly be a future replacement for new coach, Jason Garrett, in Dallas if he was to have an awful year this upcoming season barring an NFL lockout. Payton has been a big fan of the Dallas area dating back to his assistant head and quarterback coaching days (2003-05) in “Big D.”
It seemed as though the 31-17 Super Bowl XLIV title victory over the Indianapolis Colts last year is a distant memory now after hearing the speculation surrounding Payton. Although this rumor couldn’t be further from the truth it had many media members and Saints fans speculating what does the future hold for Sean Payton in New Orleans? Sean Payton put those rumors to bed today by explaining to everyone that his move to Dallas was just a “family” decision and it had nothing to do with his job. This comes as a relief to “Who Dat” nation who is looking for the Saints to reload after a disappointing 2010-11 campaign that saw New Orleans fall on the road to the Seattle Seahawks on Wild Card weekend.
Sean Payton joined WWL in New Orleans with Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia to discuss the whole situation regarding Payton moving his family to Dallas and this rumor that he is leaving the New Orleans Saints to take a position in the Dallas Cowboys front office, the time constraint he had mapped out to commute from Dallas to New Orleans to work daily, was he surprised about all the speculation regarding his coaching status with New Orleans after moving his family to Dallas and can he understand why the fans would get nervous over this family move to Dallas because the Cowboys are who they are and the Saints are who they are.
Coach we’ll let you have the floor. Tell us about this whole situation regarding you moving your family to Dallas and this rumor that you are leaving the New Orleans Saints to take a position in the Dallas Cowboys front office?
“Well it’s pretty simple and you know I understand…Listen I understand it more than anything else the news and how it works. But you know when we first came here from Dallas it’s been an area that we’ve always looked at settling in and someday retiring. The children are approaching high school. This is something that we made as a family decision. I made as a father and a husband. Beth and I spent a lot of time discussing it. This doesn’t impact my job or work at all at anyway here. Our commitment is getting back to that Super Bowl and winning football games. You guys understand our schedule more than anything especially in season…(Line Drop)”
Talk about out the time constraint that you have mapped out where you’ll be commuting to work each day daily from Dallas to New Orleans?
“A couple of things first. It’s hard to draw an analogy to commuting cause really it’s not a thing where you commute daily day-to-day. It’s something where your family comes in on the weekends when you’re playing games. I’ll get back to Dallas on weekends in the offseason. You know we have our time as a family in the summer down at the beach. You know I really look at it as…as far as the time management thing something that will be easy for me to handle. You know I’ll have more time in the office from the standpoint of in-season I won’t be trying to get back-and-fourth certainly on a day-to-day basis. It’s something I’ve looked at closely. We’ve looked at closely as a family. I think when people look at it initially they look to figure out how you’re doing it on a daily or every other day basis. That’s just simply not the case. They’re are executives that leave the country on Sunday or Monday, go to work all week then fly back on the weekend, so I’ll be able to work through that. That’ll be the easy part. The tough part always is being away from your family more than you would normally be if that were living right down the street, but I’ve got a pretty good handle on that. It’s something I mention. I don’t know where I lost you in the beginning [when the call dropped]. This is something we’ve made as a personal decision as a family especially how our kids are entering high school. I know this is an area of when it’s done and I’m finished coaching the initial speculation was you know is he going to the Cowboys or is he and his wife getting separated? None of that is true. It’s just not true. I understand that speculation. I understand how the news works especially when something starts in social media, so that’s where you’ll find me somewhere down the road and right now you’ll find me in the office preparing to win or with my family.”
Are you surprised how much this is being talked about regarding your move to Dallas?
“Well there’s not a lot of news right now. I think in the last three or four years that’s just kind of the way we’re driven. It’s also a reflection on how this team is to this community and listen we pride ourselves every season, getting ready to put the best product on the field and I think our five year track record speaks for itself. That being said certainly I appreciate the…and understand the role as being head coach of the New Orleans Saints and how important this team is to this community. This community has been just as important to me and my family.”
Can you understand why the fans would get nervous over this family move to Dallas because the Cowboys are who they are and the Saints are who they are? It would be no news if your family was moving to Florida as oppose to Dallas?
“Yeah listen and I understand that completely and you know what it gets back to that region in regards to us not so much as it relates to the Dallas Cowboys more as it relates to our family and where we felt an attachment from the very first year we lived there. You know for me my job is to coach this team and I’m under contract for 2 more years coaching this team and I know this: I hope when I’m finished coaching this is my last spot coaching. Honestly, I don’t see myself coaching 10-15 more years. My son is dying for me to be at practice and my daughter is dying for me to be at more of her events. It’s hard to explain the pull that this job and this career has. Listen we know going in, I knew going in how demanding it can be and when you’ve had success like we’ve had and you’ve won a Super Bowl those things get tougher-and-tougher. I want to win a Lombardi trophy for our family just as much as I want to win another one for this city. That’s what’s most important.”