1. Dallas Cowboys
Sean Payton dropped a jewel during his formal press conference announcing that he would officially step down as the New Orleans Saints head coach.
The Cowboys just finished year two of the Mike McCarthy era and it’s resulted in zero playoff wins. It wouldn’t be shocking if the ‘Boys stumble next season and Payton becomes available that the two link up in 2023.
With Payton now out of the coaching game, when he decides to return, there’s a good chance that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would be willing to part ways with McCarthy. In our opinion, Payton is the far better coach, and sticking with McCarthy would be a grave mistake.
If Payton is fully recharged and ready to go, he could have the Cowboys job whenever he wanted. For a franchise that has spent the past few decades doing anything they can to return to championship glory, Payton is likely to land in Dallas when he’s ready to return.
While Saints fans hope Payton doesn’t return to the league if it’s not to don black and gold, there’s a chance he wants to take a year or two off to pursue something else and then come back to coaching when he’s ready.
If he does, these three teams make a lot of sense to land Payton in the unforeseeable future.