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Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy Wants No Part Of Sean Payton Gossip

There's never a dull moment in the for the . recently had to address circulating rumors regarding his possible replacement in the form of the now-retired at the .

While speaking to the media, McCarthy spoke on recent speculation regarding his future, “It's a narrative I don't want to be a part of. I don't think anyone wants to be a part of it — on either side of the fence. In fairness to Sean, he's being asked the questions. Nothing good comes out of that.”

The gossip and hearsay began following owner 's comments after his team's elimination from the this past season. Rather than committing to McCarthy, Jones opted to elaborate on his , Dan Quinn, and how he'd be an ideal candidate if McCarthy wasn't around. Or as Jones put it, “Mike knows that someday somebody other than him will be coach of the Cowboys.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for the Cowboys head coach

In his own right, Payton would obviously be an ideal candidate for any NFL team. However, the fact that McCarthy is having to address such rumors isn't a good look either on several fronts. Most importantly, it certainly appears that McCarthy will be for his job this year. From an observer's standpoint, a playoff appearance might not be enough for Jones anymore.

While McCarthy was quick to point out that both he and Jones have a strong relationship, know that whenever Jones sets his eyes on something, he'll get it. Soon to be 80, Jones wants another , and he could've put to rest any sort of speculation, but that's not like him. Instead, his head coach will have to coach under the shadow of Payton rumors all year. This isn't going away any time soon.

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To be honest, neither do I.

Yeah, Payton has won a Superbowl. But, like McCarthy, he did so with an exceptional QB, in his case Drew Brees. He also put together a lot of mediocre teams and some seriously abysmal defenses.

Here, he wouldn’t have an exceptional QB. He wouldn’t even be able to use him like he did Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill. I get the distinct feeling that Dak is no longer interested in being a dual threat QB unless he absolutely has to in order to save his own backside. He doesn’t have the accuracy of Brees, or the running/scrambling ability of Winston or Hill. He can’t carry a deeply flawed team on his shoulders like Brees did too many times.

I’m not sure Payton is all that without Brees. He needs an intelligent field general at QB to execute his brilliant playcalls/plans. Without that, I doubt he’d do any better than McCarthy.

James Vargas

Spot on Lonewolf. Couldn’t have said it any better.

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