Originally written November 10, 2012 on Silver and BlueBlood:
Sean Payton: Heir to the Cowboys Throne? “Sean Payton to coach Dallas Cowboys.” No one would be surprised if that was the leading headline in the coming NFL off-season. Since the NFL voided Payton’s contract with the New Orleans Saints, speculation about Jerry Jones setting his sights on the former Cowboys assistant has run rampant. And why not? We have seen it before. Jerry experiments with puppet coaches. He coaches from behind the scenes until the franchise sinks into three straight 5–11 seasons. Then, in desperation, he hires himself a real man, a real coach that will demand real authority. Namely, Bill Parcells. Parcells restores sanity and order and builds a viable NFL roster and then goes his merry way, leaving Jones to hire another man just happy to be here and more than willing to let Jones call all of the shots that really matter. Enter Wade Phillips. Phillips falls short, as he always does and always will as a head coach. So, Jones hires a young man with a good pedigree, ...
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