The speculation in Dallas, that Sean Payton is still in the mix to become the Cowboys head coach in 2013, remains alive to some degree despite Jason Garrett having led Dallas to five wins in their last six games. But Drew Brees, the quarterback with whom Payton won a Super Bowl a few years ago, isn’t buying the rumors.
"I think everybody's making a much bigger deal out of this than it needs to be," Brees said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I know it's a big topic and that kind of thing, but we have enough motivation why we want to win this game. Is it more motivation that I know coach Payton is less than 20 miles away, watching the game on TV as opposed as a couple of hundred miles away? No.
“I guess it doesn't really make a difference to us. He's always with us, even though we haven't been to talk with him or communicate with him. That's been tough. That's been difficult. It is what it is. We've just tried to manage."
Of course, Payton has been suspended for the 2012 season as the result of the Saints bounty scandal. A couple months ago, it was announced that the contract extension given to Payton by the Saints in 2011, would be voided by the NFL--which got the ball rolling on the Payton-to-Dallas speculation in the first place.
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