Granted, it wasn’t thousands of people. But I bet if a serious organization happens it could be. This is one of just a few things Goodell should keep in mind before he decides to just yawn after hearing Payton’s appeal and rubber stamp “Denied” on it.
Those outside of the Saints fan-base don’t see the problem with the suspension for Payton and feel the team will be fine with an in-house candidate such as offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. or Bill Parcells coaching in his absence.
But what Goodell and others need to see is that for the fans, it is more than losing Payton as the head coach for the year. It would be about the potential disconnect from the city of New Orleans itself.
A reminder isn’t needed about the rumors that were flying when at the end of last season Payton purchased a second home in Dallas.
Fans went berserk wondering why he would want to move his family away from their beloved city and also paniced thinking he could possibly be gearing towards being the head coach for the Dallas Cowboys.