Jerry Jones spotted in New Orleans, says he’s not pursuing Sean Payton, per report

Dec 27, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Dallas Cowboy
Dec 27, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Dallas Cowboy /

Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, was spotted in New Orleans Tuesday night, however, reports say he was not there to pursue New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Jerry Jones’ airplane was spotted at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport Tuesday evening.  Less than a couple of hours later, the Dallas Cowboys owner was seen out in the city enjoying his night.

Pictured above is the the plane at NO Lakefront Airport, and Jerry Jones at the world famous Piano Bar at Pat O’Briens in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  That’s a friend of mine to the left.  Some people jumped to premature conclusions and assumed that was New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton — it’s not.

Despite speculation, Jerry Jones said he was not there to pursue Payton.  Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate did an awesome job and caught up with Jones Tuesday night.

With Sean Payton’s future in New Orleans up in the air after turning in three 7-9 seasons in the past four years, rumors have taken off, of course.  Payton met with Saints general manger Mickey Loomis earlier this week and has a press conference this afternoon.

Schedule to address the media around 1:00 PM CT, we will know more about his position with the team today. Regardless, change needs to happen somewhere within the organization,whether it be coaches or other staff members.

Want my personal opinion?  Sean Payton should stay at least another year.  He has a young and growing team, particularly on defense, that was setback by injuries all season.  The Saints still managed to turn in the NFL’s top offense, thanks to his brilliance.  Finding a good defensive coordinator to pilot that historically bad unit could do the trick.  Even an average defense could have put this team in playoff contention.  We’ll see what happens.