Could imagine if we had a head coach of the Eagles who wasn’t wiling to have his family live here so he bought a house in New York or Washington D.C., so his wife and kids could live in a place that they thought was nicer?
That coach would be driven out of here with the quickness. Well what I just described is happening in New Orleans where head coach Sean Payton has bought a house in Dallas and moved his wife and kids there. He plans on visiting them each weekend during the season via private plane. Payton said it only take 90 minutes to make the trip.
Payton and his wife, Beth have such a distaste for New Orleans that Payton brought up the idea to Saints GM Mickey Loomis when he took the job.
“Mickey wasn’t keen on that at all,” Payton wrote in his book about the Super Bowl Championship season. “Whoever came would have to be all in, he said. It was essential that the New Orleans Saints’ head coach be as much a part of the team and the community as any player, any team official or any fan. This was not a job a head coach could just phone in.”
I know New Orleans hasn’t recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding but you’ve got to be kidding, if you think a city would put up with that. New Orleans is trying to convince people to come back and live in the city, but their head football coach isn’t willing to live there.
They should run the Paytons out of town on a rail if they think they’re too good for the people in the city. Did we hear Payton running around talking about how the team was playing for the city? Wasn’t he talking about the team taking on the personality of the city by fighting and refusing to quit?
He wouldn’t even have attempted this if they hadn’t won a Super Bowl, but I think the people are going to turn on him. The people in New Orleans are kind of like the people in Philadelphia. If you have a problem with their city, you’ve got a problem with them.
There will probably a head coaching job opening in New Orleans if they don’t play well next season.