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Sean Payton's decision drawing scrutiny

Posted on: February 8, 2011 8:52 pm

Posted by Andy Benoit

On Monday, Saints head coach Sean Payton moved his family to Dallas. On Tuesday, the city of New Orleans reacted. Jeff Duncan of the Time Picayune captured it well:S. Payton (US Presswire)

Payton is nobly respectful of his family and the demands his job places on them, and he values their happiness more than most head coaches I've met. If he's making the move to appease and reward them for their commitment, then his intentions are understandable and admirable.

But that doesn't make it the move right, and it will be far from popular.

Judging by the initial reactions from Saints fans around town, Payton will need to muster all of his considerable persuasion skills to sell the locals on it.

Understandably, Saints fans feel a sense of betrayal and skepticism.

After all, he's not moving the family to his summer home in Watercolor, Fla., or closer to his family's Midwestern roots.

He's moving to Dallas, a town Payton admittedly loves, where his former boss and deep-pocketed pal Jerry Jones operates the hated Dallas Cowboys.

Other pro sports head coaches have maintained dual residency during their careers (most notably Colts head coach Tony Dungy keeping his family in Tampa), but as Duncan points out, those coaches kept families in cities where they had been fired. Thus, there was never any chance of the coach returning there.

Payton wanted to live in Dallas when he first joined the Saints in 2006, but as he wrote in his book Home Team, “(GM Mickey Loomis) wasn’t keen on that at all. Whoever came would have to be all in, he said. It was essential that the New Orleans Saints’ head coach be as much a part of the team and the community as any player, any team official or any fan. This was not a job a head coach could just phone in.”

Dallas is a nine-hour drive from New Orleans, so don’t expect Payton to make many weekend trips home. This move is more for Payton’s family than for Payton himself.

Loomis is on board this time. He said Tuesday, “Sean and I have discussed his decision to move his family to Dallas and like with any personal decision, it is important that he does what is best for his family.”

Payton has said he won’t commute back and forth – he’ll spend the majority of his time in  the Crescent City.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 5:43 am

Sean Payton's decision drawing scrutiny

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:15 am
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Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 11:08 am

Sean Payton's decision drawing scrutiny

The Metroplex has some killer tornadoes every know and then.  As far as the kids go, you have to go to private (like the Mannings) schools.  Isidore newman is 18K a year (which is probably cheap by Manhattan/LA standards).  If thats one positive about Texas, even the inner suburbs of Dallas/Houston,  there doesnt seem to be the degree of middle class leakage to catholic and private schools.  

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:56 am

Sean Payton's decision drawing scrutiny

Smart guy. Would you want to house your family in a city that is below sea level and has already been destroyed once by a hurricane if you didn't have to and they didn't want to live there? New Orleans is a great place to visit, wouldn't want to live there.

Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 9:03 am

Sean Payton's decision drawing scrutiny

 More breaking news:Payton had toast with cream cheese on it.

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:40 pm

Sean Payton's decision drawing scrutiny

How does this make him a "self-absorbed, egotistical jerk"? Is there some missing piece of info I didn't get from the article? His wife obviously prefers to be in Dallas and doesn't want to have sex with him as much as anymore. Do you know her or something? LOL.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:51 pm

Sean Payton's decision drawing scrutiny

He can't say it but it's pretty clear that wife is calling shots here. Doesn't like New Orleans.

Since: May 23, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 9:18 pm

Sean Payton's decision drawing scrutiny

Wait, sean payton's a self-absorbed, egotistical jerk? shocking!

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