NFL Rumors: Andy Reid, Jon Gruden, Sean Payton Stories Not True

Jim MancariCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2011

Amidst all of the Super Bowl hoopla yesterday, rumors swirled about possible high-profile personnel movements in the NFL.

In today’s age of social media, if a rumor is whispered, millions of people hear it.

Coaches Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles and Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints were mentioned in rumors that would have shaken the foundations of their respective organizations.

This morning on Philly2Philly.com, published reports claimed that former NFL head coach and ESPN Monday Night Football’s Jon Gruden would be replacing Andy Reid as Eagles’ head coach sometime this week.

It has been rumored that Gruden is seeking an NFL coaching job and was a candidate for the Cleveland Browns’ job before they appointed Pat Shurmur.

The Eagles released the following statement in response to the rumors:

“Early this morning we have received several inquiries regarding the rumors regarding Andy Reid and Jon Gruden. This was simply a rumor and there is no basis to it at all. It is simply not true.”

Reid is the NFL’s longest tenured coach and is still under contract, which makes the rumors seem even more unreliable.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter shot down the rumors this morning, claiming he heard from three sources who would know about the situation. The responses were an emphatic “ridiculous,” “impossible” and “no,” in regards to the rumors.

The site that reported the information has had no history of releasing breaking news and has now lost all credibility.

In other NFL rumor news, Sean Payton of the Saints was rumored to be leaving New Orleans to accept the general manager position with the Dallas Cowboys.

There are so many things wrong with the rumor that I don’t know where to start, but I’ll try.

First off, Payton is a coach, not a general manager. Why would he be leaving the sidelines to head to the luxury suites?

There has never been any talk about Payton wanting to someday become a front office administrator, so these rumors have no backing.

Next, are the Cowboys that desperate to try to improve their image by attempting to lure one of the NFL’s good guys to Big-D?

Even so, isn’t Jerry Jones the current general manager in Dallas? Though there have been reports that Jones is thinking about stepping down, he enjoys having total control over his franchise.

Payton is signed through the 2012 season and is just one year removed from achieving Super Bowl greatness with the Saints. Words cannot describe his impact on the team, and the Saints would be wise to keep this guy around.

The Saints shot down these rumors quickly by releasing the following statement:

“Coach Payton is the Saints head coach; he is not going to the Dallas Cowboys in any capacity.”

Maybe Payton’s appearance as an analyst during the Super Bowl television coverage heightened the rumors, but it seems Payton will be staying put in New Orleans.

There you have it, folks. While rumors tend to pop up very quickly, they also tend to be quelled rather quickly, especially if the rumors have little substance to them at all.

Still, keep your eyes open for any developments regarding these situations in the coming weeks.

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