King: Lurie Would Pursue Payton

Yesterday, Tim addressed the possibility of Sean Payton potentially being a target for the Eagles if they part ways with Andy Reid this offseason.

In case you missed the report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Payton’s contract with the Saints has been voided by the NFL. That means he’s basically a free-agent coach. However, Jay Glazer of reports that Payton “absolutely plans” on returning to the Saints in 2012.

So where does that leave us?

In his Monday Morning Quarterback column on, Peter King notes that Payton returning to the Saints is not a lock. If he was definitely going back to New Orleans, he would have signed a new deal by now, and this story would have never gotten out. King takes it a step further and looks at which teams could potentially be interested in Payton. The two he comes up with are the Eagles and the Cowboys:

If Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie fires Andy Reid at the end of the season, Payton, who coached quarterbacks in Philly in 1997 and ’98, would be intriguing to him, and I believe Lurie would try hard to get him. It’s a Lurie kind of move, trying to head off Dallas at the pass and take the kind of jump with a playoff-ready team that would give them a chance to break out of their recent malaise.

Lurie stated before the season that Reid’s Eagles needed to show substantial improvement in 2012 for the coach to keep his job. With the team at 3-4 going into tonight’s matchup with the Saints, speculation on who will replace Reid has already begun. And it will only intensify if the teams falls to 3-5.

My feeling is that Payton is still likely to return to New Orleans, but as others have pointed out, it doesn’t appear to be a lock.

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  • UncleCarm

    It would be very difficult, but I guess not impossible, for Payton to negotiate a new contract when he is not permitted to have any communication with the organization. This seems more like rumor than a possible reality.

    • Exactly. King is a pinhead and another fool who just keeps trying to progress a story. Payton isn’t going anywhere. Wayyy too much love for him in New Orleans.

  • Myke Lowery

    hope they consider Stanford HC David Shaw. he has worked in Philly once.

    • I want a proven guy, not a college maybe. For ever Harbaugh out there, there is a Spurrier

      • Myke Lowery

        true but a noone ever thought spurrier could coach a tough defense.

  • The Guru

    Of course they’d have to be interested in him. But if you’re Payton, would you leave Brees for Vick/Foles? Neither would I.

    • Septhinox

      So you would take Romo/Orton? huh? At least Foles has tremendous upside even if it’s unknown.

    • I don’t think he’s leaving New Orleans and this is just a huge story being made by the media.

  • ACViking

    Re: Hiring Sean Payton . . . A Waste of Time

    Since the first Super Bowl after the 1966 season, NO COACH has ever led TWO different teams to a SB title.

    In fact, only Don Shula, Dick Vermeil, Bill Parcells, Dan Reeves, and Mike Holmgren have led two different teams to the SB (with all but Reeves earning a ring with one of the teams).

    (Only Weeb Ewbank has led to teams to a league championship in pro football history: the 1958 & 1959 Colts pre-AFL and the 1968 Jets SB win over the Colts.)

    Add in the facts that (1) Drew Brees is not an Eagle, and (2) Payton’s family lives in Dallas and you get “no chance” he comes here anyway.

    Let’s see a new face . . . not a retread. This isn’t hockey, after all.

  • daggolden

    I know he failed once but I would take a STRONG look at Nick Saban. I want a defensive coach this go around. Jim Harbaugh took a underachieving team and made them a instant contender. Make this a defensive team. He can bring some of his Alabama players to. Bill Belichek didnt get it right his first time. I know he is locked into Alabama just speculating.

    • He’s under contract until 2015 and Saban walked away from the NFL for a reason, he’s worshipped in Alabama, he’s not going anywhere

  • Payton also would have to enticed to come to Philly and a great QB situation would help, but this isn’t the case in Philly.

  • GoBirds1

    Why would anyone with a football mind even consider the Eagles a ‘playoff ready’ team. King is a dope.

    If in fact Payton does become a FA, you might as well as put the Skins into the mix. Snyder with RGIII is as compelling as any of the other teams mentioned and I think Snyder has had about enough of the Shanahan& son act. GoBirds!