When ESPN reported that the NFL would void the multi-year contract extension given to Saints’ head coach Sean Payton during the 2011 season, thereby (barring a new deal between he and the team) making him a free agent at the end of the season on Sunday, the speculation that Jerry Jones could target Sean Payton as a replacement for Jason Garrett was inevitable.
After all, Payton knows the organization well. He was with the team from 2003 to 2005, played a large role in bringing Tony Romo to Dallas, and still resides in North Texas.
These rumors surely weren’t helped by the Cowboys’ performance against the Falcons later that night, a 19-13 road loss, and yet another frustrating, sloppy effort of the sort a lot of fans are coming to associate with the Garrett-led Cowboys.
But the Cowboys aren’t entertaining the idea at all, at least not publicly. Owner Jerry Jones delivered a longwinded vote of confidence in Garrett on Tuesday, and like his boss, Garrett made clear this week that he doesn’t want to talk about Payton, basically dismissing the idea as baseless chatter.
“There’s a lot of stories that circulate around our game,” Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Certainly, some people bring those kinds of things to my attention. But again, we’re focused on what we need to do. We had a heck of a challenge last night in Atlanta, trying to go play an undefeated team. That’s where our attention was.”
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