YardBarker- New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said that the team never even considered trading coach Sean Payton.
“Here’s what I can tell you: I never had a discussion with another team. No one called me and I never called anyone else,” Loomis said Thursday, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s Evan Woodbery, adding that he had “not really” considered what an acceptable compensation package would look like.
“(Payton’s) first statement when he walked in the room was, ‘Hey, I want to be here. I want to be coach for the Saints,’ Loomis added of the team’s end-of-season meeting with the coach. “It never really went beyond that. Then it was just a matter of how are we going to approach this season, what are the things we need to do, and let’s get going.”
You know what the current landscape of sports journalism has turned into? High school. Just like in high school every story can be traced back to one iota of truth. News isn't even news anymore, it's just hearsay. I know the media has a job to do, but I am beginning to wonder if that job is to report or to entertain. If it's to report than the extent of the actual news regarding Sean Payton began and ended with, "Sean Payton might not be back in New Orleans next year". If it's to entertain then all the mentions of random destinations, loose connections, and made-up compensation packages makes sense. I know that simply saying that Sean Payton's future is uncertain is not nearly juicy enough for the general public. I know that it wasn't a forgone conclusion that he would be back with the Saints. I'm sure Mickey Loomis did his due diligence in seeing what he was worth on the open market, even if he says he didn't. However, for there not to be a single report saying that Sean Payton was likely to stay in New Orleans when the negotiations seemingly went so smoothly is a complete indictment of what a shitshow sports media has turned into. Personally, I blame Ian Rapoport.