Many things in sports are fun to think about: for example, what if Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson and Plaxico Burress all joined the same team? And then Donavon McNabb also joined that same team, imagine that. Well, Sean Payton returning to Dallas to coach the Cowboys is one of those fun things to think about. Arguments can be made for why Payton should leave New Orleans for Dallas and why he should stay.
Reasons why Sean Payton would stay in New Orleans: Payton has an elite, top 5 quarterback in Drew Brees, he won’t have to ride the Tony Romo rollercoaster, he works for an owner in Tom Benson that does not interfere with football activities, Payton won’t have to deal with Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones and his nonsense, he won a Super Bowl with the Saints and Payton will have the opportunity to return after “Bountygate” and redeem himself and the Saints and try to win another title. There is no better way to stick it to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell than by winning another Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints.
Reasons why Sean Payton would leave New Orleans and return to Dallas: he owns a house in Dallas and lives there in the offseason, Payton has a great relationship with Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones, he likes Tony Romo and is the part of the reason why Romo choose to come to Dallas after being undrafted and Payton would be presented with the opportunity to become the first head coach to win a Super Bowl with two different teams. By succeeding in Dallas, Payton would accomplish what his teacher, Bill Parcells, could not accomplish and win a Super Bowl for Jerry and his Cowboys despite all of Jerry’s madness as an owner.
In the end, I believe one major reason will keep Sean Payton coaching in New Orleans and that is Jerry’s ego. Payton returning to Dallas to be the head coach makes all the sense in the world, but unfortunately that does not triumph over Jerry’s ego. When Jerry has convinced himself of something he sticks to it no matter what; like his belief that he can succeed as the owner and general manager of the Cowboys without Jimmy Johnson (that third Super Bowl the Cowboys won in the 90’s was because of the team Jimmy built or mostly built if you want to give Jerry a little credit). Jerry Jones is going to stick with his handpicked head coach in Jason Garrett and Jerry will ride that ship to rock bottom, which the Cowboys don’t seem too far from. And from Payton’s point of view, why would he even think of returning to Dallas knowing that Jerry will have input in the everyday football activities?