Remember this is just my opinion: Last season gave us a rarity in the NFL, with bounty gate and the voiding of Sean Payton's contract, a young, super bowl winning coach in his prime was available on the open market. That just doesn't happen too often, you've had the Parcells, Gibbs, and Vermeils but all those guys were past their primes. Not only was he available but he has ties to the Dallas area via his kids living in the area due to his divorce. I brought this up last year and most poo poo'd the idea, saying that he wouldn't leave New Orleans but think about this, if you were Payton wouldn't you first want to be in the same city that your children live in and secondly it's America's Team. If Payton never wanted to leave NO his agent wouldn't have put out the fact that his contract had language in it that tied him to the GM so the contract was voided. Why did it take him so long to sign the new contract after it was ready? I also have a theory on that too. He wanted the Dallas job and waited to see how the season played out but when JG and the Cowboys won 3 in a row in December I think that Jerry decided to stick with Garrett thus leaving Payton to resign with the Saints. When I say Payton was our only hope I mean he fits the criteria of the kind of coach that it takes to be successful in Dallas with the kind of management structure that's in place. The Dallas coach is going to have to have skins on the wall, i.e. super bowl success or going deep in the playoffs. He'll need that to stand on that when he and Jerry have differing opinions whether on players, strategies, or play calling. Jason Garrett just doesn't have that so when he was stripped of his play calling duties it wasn't much he could do. Could you even imagine that happening to Payton? The Dallas coach need to be charismatic and a dynamic coach who exudes enthusiam. Why? Because he needs to be the face of this organization. As long as Jerry's the face of this organization this team is going no where. Do you ever notice that JJ has more commercials than any of our players and coaches. The last time that JJ wasn't the face was when Parcells took over and that's when the culture started changing, although he didn't like it it was for the better. The Dallas coach needs to be offensive minded (like Payton) because that's what JJ sells to the public. Garrett"s first year as oc seemed like he was this offensive genius but since then I think that the league has caught up to what he's was doing. The Dallas players need to know that the buck stops with the HC not JJ and for that to happen this coach need to come in with a reputation that preceeds him. When JJ hired Garrett he was thought he was hiring the next Sean Payton but it hasn't quite turned out that way. Last season he had the opportunity to hire the actual Sean Payton and decided to stick with Garrett and I think that decision will haunt him for some time now. I posted this stat line a couple of weeks ago: Sean Payton age 49, 18 years of coaching in 9 different positions before 1st head coaching job. Jason Garrett age 47, 4 years of coaching in 2 different positions before 1st head coaching job. He didnt earn the job, he's under qualified.