Drew Brees defends the coach buying a house in Dallas
Sean Payton’s home away from the home team became quite a story in the past week when news broke that the New Orleans Saints coach was buying a house for his family in a Dallas suburb.
It would make for quite a workday commute, but Saints owner Tom Benson and general manager Mickey Loomis have signed off on the deal, and now quarterback Drew Brees says much is being made of nothing.
Brees, in an interview on ESPNW that the New Orleans Times-Picayune transcribed, said people shouldn’t be so fast to jump to conclusions.
“It's a non-issue,'' Brees said. "I think everyone wants to immediately jump to conclusions and all of them are so untrue. The first of which is his family and him are having problems. No, that's not the case at all. The other one is he's taking a job with the Dallas Cowboys. No, not true either.
“People want to immediately jump to conclusions as to why he's bought a home in Dallas but most players and coaches in the league have a home base, a place where they're either from or where they spent a lot of time before so they have a solid foundation. There's not a guy who's more committed to his team and the city of New Orleans than Sean Payton. I think he's proven that.”
Perception, though, becomes reality. The fact of the matter is if the Saints struggle at all in the next few years it could like Payton has one foot out the door, right?
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