Wednesday, 09 February 2011 17:54

New Orleans Saints Sean Payton, Dallas Story Should Move On

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Ed StatonSean Payton said he won't commute to Dallas.

The Saints said they knew the news that he was his family to Dallas wasn't going to go over well with the Who Dat Nation. But with his family in Dallas, he'll spend more time at the team facility.

"It's not a thing where you commute day by day," said Payton. "Your family comes for the weekend when you're playing games, and I'll go back to Dallas on the weekends of the offseason. We have our time as a family during the summer at our home on the beach in Florida."

Payton and his wife, Beth, said the family decided that his children should go to high school in Dallas and that he needed to "win more games at home."

Payton has two years remaining on his Saints contract.

"I know this, I hope when I'm finished as a coach this is my last spot coaching," said Payton. "And honestly, I don't see myself coaching 10, 15 more years. "My son is dying for me to be at his practice, and my daughter is dying for me to be at more of her events."

Payton estimates that flying on a private plane is 90 minutes door to door from his office at the Saints complex to the family's new home, which he believes allows him to remain committed to the Saints while his family is in the area where he plans to eventually retire. The family will live in a home the family is purchasing in the exclusive Vaquero Club, an upscale golf community that is home to numerous PGA Tour professionals as well as the Jonas Brothers.

"When my wife and I relocated our family from Dallas, we had always dreamed of someday settling there," said Payton. "We feel that now is the best time to do this. It's decision that I'm sure many families have to confront, and I don't know if there is any right or wrong decision -- just the best one you can make for your own family."

When the news broke that Payton was moving, I thought there was little reason for the Who Dat Nation to get bent out of shape about this development. But it seems that Payton and the Saints' brass are spending too much time trying to persuade us all that the move means nothing.


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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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