Payton may be low-hanging fruit for starved franchise
Posted Monday, Nov. 05, 201222 Comments PrintReprintsShare
ATLANTA -- Take heart, however, because a handsome prince sits poised to save the Dallas Cowboys' crumbling kingdom.
That was Sunday's published report, at least. And it had to be a lot more encouraging for Cowboys fans to hear than the 19-13 reality-check loss to the Atlanta Falcons that followed.
The rescuer-in-waiting is Sean Payton, a Saint of a head coach, which is sort of the problem.
A report Sunday by ESPN's Adam Schefter revealed that due to proposed clauses in Payton's most recent contract extension, he may not be the coach of the New Orleans Saints when his current Bountygate suspension expires.
Which could soon make him a coaching free agent, available to sign with any team, including a team whose ever-antsy 70-year-old owner may soon be looking for a new head coach.
That's the speculation, at least. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who always seems to have ants in his general manager pants, continues to stand by his man, he reaffirmed Sunday.
Jason Garrett is head coach of the Cowboys, Jones said unhesitatingly. Pay no attention, I suppose, to the 3-5 won-loss record, or to the team's fourth loss in its past five games, or to the circling media buzzards.