Sunday morning, ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news that Sean Payton's contract extension with the Saints was voided because of a technical snafu Roger Goodell didn't like joining Payton's contract status with GM Mickey Loomis. Immediately, seemingly every NFL writer, reporter, and pundit began forwarding the scenario of Payton leaving New Orleans to coach the Dallas Cowboys. Why? Well, the Cowboys are America's Team after all. At least they used to be. And, Payton leaving New Orleans after BountyGate to rescue a Dallas Cowboys team in clear need of a savior is just too juicy of a story not to dream about. Besides, all the signs are there. Sean Payton used to coach in Dallas, he lives there, and he went to the same college as Tony Romo. They even played beach football together once!
It's been 24 hours since the Payton contract news broke, but the media is driving the narrative that he will/should/might coach the Dallas Cowboys next year. For years, the Payton-to-Dallas rumors have persisted, but they reached DEFCON 1 levels this weekend. It's like the NFL media is openly rooting for Sean Payton to coach the Dallas Cowboys just because of the sexiness of the story. We're one step short of seeing someone write "HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS" as a reason for Payton to leave New Orleans for Dallas. I've never seen a story so universally crafted by intense media speculation so quickly like this one...
"Payton is expected to become the NFL's most sought-after head coach after this season and there already is speculation in league circles that he could wind up returning to Dallas, where he worked as the assistant head coach from 2003 to 2005, during which time the Dallas Cowboys brought in quarterback Tony Romo, who attended the same college, Eastern Illinois, as Payton."
Adam Schefter - ESPN