Cowboys Make Final Decision On Sean Payton
The Cowboys have made a final decision on Sean Payton.
Coming into the season Jason Garrett was viewed as something of a lame duck coach. His contract is set to expire at year’s end and Jerry Jones offered no indication of wanting him back.
Through 14 games the Cowboys are 7-7 and sit atop the NFC East, barely.
Given the amount of talent on the roster and the sheer dollar amount Jones will have to pay out during the offseason, the team should be among the best in the league.
Instead it’s a middling group that will likely get bounced in the opening round of the postseason.
Barring a miraculous Super Bowl run akin to the kind the New York Giants have put together in the past, there is no conceivable way Garrett returns as head coach.
So who replaces him?
One popular name often linked to Dallas is New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
Payton has history with the Cowboys, so they constant linkage makes sense.
Payton served as an assistant coach for Dallas under Bill Parcells. He left the team for the head coaching job in New Orleans after the 2005 season.
According to Ian Rapaport, Payton used the Cowboys as leverage to secure a giant deal from the Saints last year.
From @NFLGameDay: If the #Cowboys move on from coach Jason Garrett, Sean Payton isn’t an option… but last offseason, through back channels, they made it known they were interested in him if he was interested in them. That helped Payton land a massive contract extension. pic.twitter.com/zTiAEyAThm
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 15, 2019
“Through back channels, they made it known they were interested in him if he was interested in them,” Rapoport reported.
“That helped Payton land a massive contract extension.”
So what does that mean for the Cowboys’ odds of bringing Payton in now?
It means there is no viable way for that to happen. According to multiple reports, the Cowboys will not part ways with draft picks and money an in attempt to trade for Payton’s services.
Dallas will have a new head coach next year, but his name will not be Sean Payton.