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Sean Payton Takes Mark Ingram and 5 Choices That Made Coaches' Families Happy

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIIMay 16, 2011

Sean Payton Takes Mark Ingram and 5 Choices That Made Coaches' Families Happy

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints looks on as he takes on the Seattle Seahawks during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty
    Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

    Not all coaches are the heartless, evil human beings we make them out to be.

    Rather, a lot goes into every decision that a coach makes—sometimes, emotion outweighs logic.

    Recently, news broke that an interesting coincidence around Sean Payton moving back into the first round for Mark Ingram was the urging of his 10-year old son, Connor.

    Following that news break, I've compiled the five personnel moves that made coaches' families happy.

Jim Garrett Signing Son Jason to the Cowboys

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles on January 2, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 14-13.  (Photo by Jim McIs
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Jason Garrett is now the Cowboys head coach, known for getting Dallas back on the right foot after the team stumbled out of the starting gate.

    In 1993, however, things were very different for the Garrett family.

    Jason's father, Jim Garrett, was a scout for the Cowboys from 1987-2004, and after the 1993 NFL Draft, the Cowboys needed a 3rd string quarterback.

    Jim signed his son, Jason, to assume the third-string role, making the Garrett family proud.

    Garrett stayed on the roster for six years.

Mike Shanahan Hires Son Kyle Shanahan as His Offensive Coordinator

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    ASHBURN, VA - JULY 30:  Head coach Mike Shanahan (R) of the Washington Redskins speaks with his son and offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan (L), during the second day of training camp July 30, 2010 in Ashburn, Virginia.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Image
    Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Despite a lackluster performance by his Redskins last year, Mike Shanahan has an impressive resume, including three Super Bowl victories.

    When Shanahan took over as head coach in Washington, he persuaded his son Kyle to join him as offensive coordinator.

    The younger Shanahan didn't turn down the opportunity, uniting father and son on the sidelines.

    Kyle Shanahan was the youngest offensive coordinator in the game when the Texans promoted him to the post at 28 years old, and now he's trying to replicate his past success in Washington.

Sean Payton Drafts Mark Ingram at Payton's Son's Request

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints looks on as he takes on the Seattle Seahawks during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty I
    Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    At ten years old, Connor Payton may be small, but he certainly has big convictions when it comes to who he wants on his father's team.

    Payton's son had told his friends at school that the Saints were interested in Mark Ingram, and when New Orleans drafted Cameron Jordan instead, the little Payton feared he'd be laughed at.

    Connor proceeded to text his father, urging the Saints coach to trade back into the first round for running back Mark Ingram.

    Payton obliged — though perhaps out of coincidence — and Connor was satisfied. Being that the Saints had a high-rated draft, give the ten-year old props for knowing what was in the team's best interests.

Raiders Draft Stefen Wisniewski, Nephew of OL Coach Steve

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  The Penn State Nittany Lions huddle up during the 95th Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi against the USC Trojans at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2009 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    Steve Wisniewski had a storied career as a Raider, and logged 13 great seasons as an offensive lineman for the team.

    Coming out of Penn State, Stefen Wisniewski was a middling line prospect with a mid-to-late second round grade on him.

    It only made sense that, with Stefen's uncle Steve still with the Raiders as the offensive line coach, the Raiders would draft Stefen to be an interior lineman.

    Oakland brought Stefen and Steve together, and are expecting great things from the former Nittany Lion.

Marty Schottenheimer Hires Son, Almost Brother

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    SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 14:  Head coach Marty Schottenheimer of the San Diego Chargers reacts during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New England Patriots held on January 14, 2007 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumen
    Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

    Here, we see the negative aspect of a coach listening to the demands of their family over the needs of the team.

    The Chargers, with a talent-laden roster and a talented coach, were in prime position to make a Super Bowl run.

    The team, however, lost a bunch of coordinators and coaches and head coach Marty Schottenheimer wanted to interview his brother Kurt.

    General manager A.J. Smith was against relatives on the same team, and even though Schottenheimer had already made a family-oriented decision by hiring his son Brian as quarterbacks coach, another Schottenheimer was just too much for Smith. It likely added to the tension between coach and GM, along with the reasons why Marty was fired.

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