Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones doesn’t disagree with the tough stance NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has taken with respect to the Saints’ bounty scandal, but that didn’t stop him from reaching out to Saints’ head coach Sean Payton, a friend from Payton’s days as a coordinator in Dallas.
Payton, who was in Dallas from 2003 to 2005 and crucial in bringing Tony Romo to town, was suspended for an entire season without pay for not being forthright enough in discussing the matter with the league.
"I just wanted to as a friend, as a real friend,'' Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. "I just wanted to give him a little love in whatever way you want to call it.''
In need of an interim head coach, Payton reached out to Bill Parcells this week--also a friends from their days in Dallas--to gauge the 71-year-old’s interest in returning to coach for one last season.
Jerry likes the idea.
"It would be outstanding for the Saints and the NFL,'' he said. "He's got the credibility to take it. If he came in and they didn't do as well as they're supposed to, he's got the credibility to live with that. And he's got the confidence and the reputation if he comes in and says well, 'it's Sean's team' to live with that.
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