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One year ago today New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton woke up cradling the Vince Lombardi Trophy, went to a press conference and reiterated how much winning the Super Bowl meant because of the symbiotic relationship between rebuilt team and rebuilding city.

Soon after he released a best-selling book, ďHome Team,Ē that chronicled his love for and inspiration he drew from the Gulf Coast as he powered the Saints to the championship.

Then along came Monday when word leaked via ESPNís Ed Werder that Payton was moving his family out of Louisiana and to the tony Dallas suburb of Westlake. They will now maintain two residences, according to the Times-Picayune.

How often Payton will actually go to Texas isnít known. Anything more than during the bye week would raise questions. During the season, coaches donít take hours Ė let alone days Ė off.

Itís what makes the move both understandable and inexplicable at the same time.

The most germane question is: How will the Saints players react? Will they see a coach now free of family obligations and wholly focused on football while heís around them? Or will the back-and-forth jetting distance Payton from them, causing them to look at the soon-to-be sixth-year coach and wonder whether or not heís in it for the long haul?

Coaches loathe distractions. They fight to avoid even the subtle signs of decreased commitment, authority and accountability.

Thatís the risk here. So, too, is the inevitable speculation that heís on his way to working for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has far deeper pockets Ė not to mention a willingness to dip into them Ė than Saints ownership.

Payton is a former Cowboys assistant coach and a desirable commodity in the NFL whether he works on the sidelines or the front office. Dallas is breaking in a rookie head coach in Jason Garrett, and the organization is managed, not particularly well, by Jones himself.

Rumors of Payton to Dallas (professionally, not physically) had swept through the Super Bowl rumor mill this past weekend. It forced the Saints to issue a statement declaring, ďSean Payton is the coach of the New Orleans Saints. He will not be going to the Dallas Cowboys in any capacity.Ē

Sure, for now.

If Garrett struggles, or the Cowboys continue to make so many poor personnel decisions that even Jones realizes he needs a true football mind in the GM role, then Payton is the obvious candidate for either or both positions.

He may have been anyway, but uprooting the family to the Cowboysí neighborhood just adds to the perceived inevitability. Itís one less hurdle to switching jobs.

Paytonís wife and two children Ė a daughter born in 1996 and a son born in 1999 Ė will be settled into the community and school. ESPN said the Paytons have always considered retiring in North Texas. Sean is rich enough to contemplate not working, but heís also just 47. He was very good last week as a guest analyst on ESPN, but few think heís ready to walk away from competitive football forever.

Payton wonít be the first coach to live away from his family. At best these guys are absentee husbands and fathers, especially during the season. Many sleep in their offices and when they do go home, itís long after the kids are asleep. They then head back to work before anyone is awake.

In a transient business, others just leave the wife and kids behind and rent efficiency apartments during the season. Itís part of the job.

Doc Rivers has coached Ė quite successfully Ė the Boston Celtics since 2004. His family never left Orlando, where his old job had rooted them. Tony Dungy coached the Indianapolis Colts while his family remained in the Tampa area. Those are different dynamics, though, the living arrangement understood upon hiring. This is a bit unusual, a mid-tenure switch.

Payton is the typical, maniacal, workaholic that the NFL demands. No one is questioning his work ethic (nor will they).

So if the wife and kids are happy in Dallas, then whatís the difference?

Thatís what heíll have to first explain, and then prove, to his players. Many Saints fans also will be wondering. Moving the family is one thing. Moving them to Dallas, home to the hated Cowboys, is another.

In the end, the devil will be in the logistics and, in turn, the wins column.

This can be a competitive positive, allowing even greater focus on winning football games. Whatever guilt there is about getting home at a reasonable hour is gone. Itís truly 24/7 football now, at least as long as he isnít flying to Dallas during the season.

The possibilities remain great for the Saints, which is why it would be ridiculous to suggest Payton is giving up on his current deal. Yes, New Orleans is coming off a dispiriting playoff loss to the lowly Seattle Seahawks, but Super Bowl champions rarely succeed the following year. In the last 11 seasons just one team (the 2005 New England Patriots) reached even the conference championship game.

The potential to win next yearís Super Bowl is there. Drew Brees(notes) is back. The running game should return to health. The magic of the Superdome should roar on.

In a league as competitive as the NFL, though, you step out of the status-quo box and half the league starts buzzing.

Sean Payton did that by making a family decision in a business that rarely cares about actual family.

Continued winning will be the only acceptable solution. Of course, in the NFL, thatís always the case.

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Old 02-09-2011, 01:24 PM   #2
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Jones isn't going to recognize he needs a 'true football mind'. Sean Payton, or anybody else, as GM of the Cowboys is media speculation born from the need to write something sensational. Not, I repeat NOT going to happen.

As for Garrett, he's Jerry's hand picked coach. He has been being groomed for that position for a long time, and I'm willing to bet he's going to do fairly well. The Cowboys have plenty of talent but have lacked motivation. Jason will bring that. They will go as far as Tony Romo can carry them. You can all believe that Garrett will be the head coach of the Cowboys for the next several years, and Jerry will continue to function as GM until he's dead. Take my word for it.

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Jones isn't going to recognize he needs a 'true football mind'. Sean Payton, or anybody else, as GM of the Cowboys is media speculation born from the need to write something sensational. Not, I repeat NOT going to happen.

As for Garrett, he's Jerry's hand picked coach. He has been being groomed for that position for a long time, and I'm willing to bet he's going to do fairly well. The Cowboys have plenty of talent but have lacked motivation. Jason will bring that. They will go as far as Tony Romo can carry them. You can all believe that Garrett will be the head coach of the Cowboys for the next several years, and Jerry will continue to function as GM until he's dead. Take my word for it.
i'll take your word for it saintfan. hand picked your right and romo thats the million dollar bust if u ask me.
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Sean Payton did that by making a family decision in a business that rarely cares about actual family.
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:55 PM   #5
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You are probably right Q and the new house looks great. The only concern is that SP is a Disciple of Duane Charles Parcells or Bill as we know him. Parcells personal life was a train wreck.
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