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Sean Payton isn't the most well-liked coach in the league right now. The Saints' bounty scandal backlash could leave him jobless if New Orleans decides to value image over production.
Predicting the New Orleans coaching scenario after this season is almost impossible, but Payton has ties to Dallas. He was a member of Parcells' staff from 2003-2005 and was seen as the heir to the job before the Saints scooped him up in 2006.
In a recent interview, the Saints coach was asked if he'd ever like to be the shot-caller in Dallas, to which he said, "I’d rather answer a bounty question...Right now my focus is on staying with New Orleans and really getting back on the sidelines."
That doesn't exactly ring a bell of confidence in the heart of the Cowboys faithful, but those are the words Payton should be saying to the press if he wants to keep his current job.
If given the option between staying in The Big Easy or going back to his roots, he'd probably stick with his current gig.That said, he might not have the option if the Saints fire him sometime during or after this season.
If Payton was out on the streets, Jones would undoubtedly chat with him about returning to Big D. Payton lives in North Texas and there's plenty of familiar faces on the team from his days at Valley Ranch. Plus, Jones is one heck of a salesman when he needs to be.
Out of all the candidates so far, Payton is the likeliest to take the opportunity but only if New Orleans lets him go. If he was still under contract come the midway through the offseason, chances are he'll be sticking with the Saints.