In The Mist Of A Horrible Season, There Is Hope.

Posted November 06, 2012

Imagine Eagles fans this guy working the sidelines next season for the Eagles! Thanks to the NFL for voiding his contract Sean Payton is now free to sign with any team at the end of the season. Maybe it's a long shot, but it's no less of a long shot than the Eagles turning around this season and winning a Super Bowl. Of course the Cowboys ans Saints will also be teams in play, but the Eagles also could be an option for Payton. Several teams could be interested in Payton's services. Here is a list of them.

The Saints

Why he would stay: He's got Drew Brees and an offense that can score points with any team in the league. He's already won a Super Bowl there and the Saints have done good by him.

Why he would leave: Joe Vitt seems to be bringing that team back to some respectability so maybe the Saints may not be as willing to bring him back. He and the Saints may want to distance themselves as much as possible from the bounty controversy. His hands are all over that mess. Secretly I am betting the NFL wants to separate these two parties.

The Cowboys

Why he would go: From 2003-2005 Sean Payton was the offensive coordinator for the Cowboys. He has a home in the area and still has a solid connection with the team. The glamor of playing for the Cowboys would certainly be appealing for Payton as he would have a owner willing to do about anything to help him win.

Why he would pass: Coaching for the Cowboys has it's drawbacks. The owner is far too meddlesome when it comes to football operations. The owner is the GM, and the owner refuses to stay out of the way. Money may not be an object when it comes to wooing Payton to Dallas, but Jerry wanting to make draftpicks for him will be.

The Philadelphia Eagles:

Why he would come: A little know fact about Payton is from 1997-98 he was the Quarterbacks Coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles gave him his first NFL job so there is a history there and that also means Jeff Lurie has a connection there as well. Albeit probably a small connection. If the Eagles do fire Reid and if they still believe they have an abundance of talent they best option would be for the Eagles to go into the direction of a qualified coach and not an inexperienced one. Sean Payton in Philly would not only be able to get paid whatever he wanted, but he would also be able to take full power over player and personnel decisions. His owner would not be a factor in meddling in football operations. It also (from an Eagles perspective) would be a great move by ownership to get the fanbase excited about the team again.

Why he would pass: Philly is a long way from Dallas. With he and his wife going through a divorce it will be a long way from his children as well. It would be a difficult situation to deal with and I'm not sure if he would be able to do it. I don't know if there is enough money to throw at him to make this happen. Another reason why he might not be here is how long it takes the Eagles organization to do anything. They may take too long to aggressively go after him. They may try to even play their bargaining role too far and lose out to another team.The team is also devoid of a legit quarterback. Payton knows he needs one to win.

The Washington Redskins:

Why he would go there: Dan Snyder has been willing to back off and allow his football people to do their jobs without meddling. Synder has the money to bring Payton in and would also be willing to give him control. Having a weapon like RG3 at his disposal would be more than intriguing.

Why he wouldn't go: There is no guarantee the Redskins will fire Shanahan at the end of the season. He will most likely get a pass since he has a rookie quarterback. Like Philly D.C. is a ways from Dallas and as such he would have to deal with the fact of being so far from his family. 

Between these 4 teams I would say Payton percentage of choosing would be 55% Saints, 25% Cowboys 15% Eagles 5% Redskins. The Eagles aren't out of the hunt, but could pull out a surprise move and woo Payton out of New Orleans.

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