Saints Squelch Payton ‘Super Rumor’
Inquiries Prompt Team To Set Record Straight
METAIRIE, La. — In a nod to the power of social media and the hype that surrounds the Super Bowl, the New Orleans Saints on Sunday took steps to squelch a fast-spreading rumor that Head Coach Sean Payton was set to leave the team. On bulletin boards and in postings on Facebook and Twitter, Saints fans fretted through the weekend that Payton had been lured to join the Dallas Cowboys franchise as president and general manager. The furor grew as the clock ticked down to Super Bowl XLV — taking place at Cowboys Stadium in suburban Dallas. Though no major media outlets reported the chatter, it gained enough traction to earn a pointed response from Saints management. “Sean Payton is the coach of the New Orleans Saints,” spokesman Greg Bensel said in a statement. “He will not be going to the Dallas Cowboys in any capacity.” Payton does have a past relationship with the Cowboys organization. He served as an assistant coach there from 2003 to 2005 — his last job before joining the Saints in 2006. He has been in Dallas over the past week working in a broadcast capacity related to the Super Bowl.