I've said it before, and I'll say it again. To say the least, Sean Payton has not done his best work coaching the New Orleans Saints this year. That is for a variety of reasons. A lack of talent, a high volume of roster turnover, injuries, etc, etc. Still, the point remains he hasn't done a good job. If he leaves the Saints following this season, a decision that will likely be made by him, the rest of this year will go a long in way in showing whether or not that is a decision that could benefit both parties. I don't want to say whether or not it could or should happen, because I think there is a lot of football left to be played before it's even remotely close to becoming a major concern.
With that said, of course he is willing to listen to offers. He's a football coach. A football coach with strong ties to the Saints franchise and the city of New Orleans, but a football coach nonetheless. If you are surprised to hear that he's open to hearing out potential employers than you would probably also be surprised to hear that the NFL is a business. Guess what guys? Loyalty only goes so far. I love my kidneys, but I'm "open to listening" to offers if the price is right. I love my manhood, but I'm open to throwing on a dress and getting fake tits if you want to fatten my wallet, make me the focal point of award ceremonies, and give me a TV show. I love my country, but if you offered me enough money, power, and respect I would rule Zimbabwe with a cigar behind my ear and big fat smile on my face. Shit, I'll even listen to an ex-girlfriend if it means sex might be on the table. It might not always be financial, but every one has a price. Sean Payton refusing to listen to those potential prices would be a disservice to himself and his family. If the Dolphins step in and offer Sean Payton an insane contract and free reign over their entire operation then he would be stupid not to take it. That doesn't mean they will and it doesn't mean he will, but of course the potential for it is out there. However, let's not act like Sean Payton already has one foot out the door, because if last night is an indication then that is far from the truth...