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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Articles tagged: Sean Payton

Jerry Jones to try ‘anything possible’ to bring Sean Payton to Cowboys?

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will almost certainly look to make a flashy hire if he decides not to bring back head coach Jason Garrett next season, and it sounds like his top choice for the job is under contract with another NFC team.

Jon Machota of The Athletic listed several candidates that Jones could target when the season ends, and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is among them. While Payton signed a five-year contract extension at the start of the season, Machota expects Jones to “try anything possible” to get the 55-year-old coach to Dallas.

Payton worked on the Cowboys’ staff as an assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach from from 2003 to 2005. He maintains a close relationship with the Jones family, and there were reports that Jones was talking with him years ago before he signed a previous extension with the Saints. The rumors have persisted since then, and it would not be a surprise if Jones explores a way to land Payton now that he has essentially confirmed he is ready to move on from Garrett.

It would take an awful lot, however. There’s no reason the Saints would want to part with Payton, and the Cowboys would have to surrender multiple high draft picks even if New Orleans had interest in a deal. With the Saints in the middle of another Super Bowl chase and Payton having signed a new contract just months ago, the thought of the coach in Dallas seems farfetched.

Nothing can be ruled out with one of the most prestigious head coaching jobs in sports, but there’s another huge name the Cowboys are eyeing that seems like a more realistic possibility for them.

Sean Payton did NOT want to talk about officiating after Saints’ loss

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The New Orleans Saints suffered a very difficult loss in Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, and the impact of the loss showed in Sean Payton’s postgame press conference.

One major controversy in the game came on a fake punt play, in which Saints receiver Tre’Quan Smith was clearly held by Tarvarius Moore of the 49ers. However, pass interference cannot be called on a punt play, which meant no penalty was called — and no challenge was allowed.

That left Payton furious. When asked about it after the game, he immediately shut down all questions about officiating.

That call didn’t cost the Saints the game — they gave up 46 points and failed to get off the field late in the fourth quarter on a key 4th and 2 play.

Given the team’s history with pass interference calls, it’s easy to see why he just wouldn’t entertain the conversation after a difficult defeat.

Sean Payton takes shot at referees over pass interference review

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Sean Payton took a shot at the NFL officials over a pass interference review at the end of Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers that went against his New Orleans Saints.

The Saints and Panthers were tied at 31 late in their game and Carolina had a 3rd-and-goal from the five. They threw an incompletion but challenged in hopes of getting the call overturned due to pass interference. Their hopes were answered as the NFL called pass interference on a replay review, giving the Panthers a fresh set of downs.

Perhaps “ball don’t lie” prevailed, because Panthers kicker Joey Slye missed a chip shot field goal to end the possession and give New Orleans the ball. The Saints drove and kicked a field goal to win it 34-31.

After the game, Payton zinged the officials.

“New York” is a reference to the NFL’s replay center in New York, where challenges are reviewed.

The irony in the league deciding to overturn a pass interference call against the Saints, in New Orleans, and for a call like that, was so strong, especially since the rule came into effect because of an egregious call that went against them.

Saints coach Sean Payton gets engaged to girlfriend Skylene Montgomery

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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton pulled off quite the ruse in order to propose to girlfriend Skylene Montgomery on Friday.

According to Nell Nolan of NOLA.com, Payton proposed with the aid of Saints owner Gayle Benson. The coach had originally invited Montgomery to what was billed as an anniversary toast for Benson and her late husband Tom, complete with a fake invitation on Benson’s part. Friends and family were invited believing it was an early birthday party for Montgomery.

The surprise engagement party even featured a custom cake for the couple.

Montgomery is a former Miss West Virginia. She and Payton will be sticking around New Orleans for a while after Payton signed a five-year contract extension with the Saints in September.

Sean Payton signs five-year extension with Saints

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Sean Payton is further extending his New Orleans Saints tenure.

Payton has agreed to a new five-year deal with the Saints, as first reported by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. He had been slated to enter the final year of his current deal in 2020.

Payton is in his 14th season with the Saints, including the one he was suspended for. The 55-year-old has a 119-74 record and a Super Bowl to his name.

It seems like a long time ago when the Saints were plagued by persistent rumors of Payton’s potential departure. About three years ago, there was widespread speculation that both sides were looking elsewhere. Things have changed since — Payton recommitted with a new contract and the organization has become a high-level contender again. Now it seems like he’d be quite happy to be in New Orleans for the rest of his career.

Sean Payton regrets playing sick Teddy Bridgewater in preseason game

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Teddy Bridgewater started the New Orleans Saints’ second preseason game Sunday and turned in a very discouraging performance that his coach is taking the blame for.

Bridgewater went just 5-of-12 for 40 yards and an interception in a 19-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, with backup Taysom Hill rallying New Orleans to a win. Coach Sean Payton, however, took the blame, stating Bridgewater was sick and probably shouldn’t have stayed in as long as he did.

Bridgewater won’t see much of the field in 2018 unless something disastrous happens to Drew Brees. However, for a guy who was pursued as a potential starter during the offseason, seeing him off that much was jarring. At least there’s a decent explanation.

Sean Payton wastes no time recruiting Zion Williamson to Saints

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Like LeBron James, Zion Williamson is the type of freak athlete who could probably excel at just about any sport he tried to play. He certainly has the body type to match up with opponents on the football field, and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has taken note of that.

When the Pelicans landed the top spot in the NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday night, it seemed like only a matter of time before someone began recruiting Williamson to play two sports in New Orleans. Payton got in on the fun on Wednesday.

Williamson is listed at 6-foot-7, 285 pounds. For comparison, Rob Gronkowski is 6-foot-6 and weighed about 265 pounds when he was playing for the New England Patriots. There is obviously a lot more to excelling at a professional sport than physical makeup, but you get the point.

If you remember, one former Saints player said years ago that he believes LeBron would break records in the New Orleans offense. Payton was in charge of that offense then and still is now. What do you say, Zion?