Sean Payton Won't Talk About Coaching Cowboys, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistOctober 3, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03:  SiriusXM host and NFL Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkenton (R) broadcasts live from Radio Row during Super Bowl XLVI Week in Indianapolis with guest Sean Payton at the JW Marriott on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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The Dallas Cowboys are 2-2 and only one game out of first place, and yet things feel worse. How much worse? Well, enough so that there's already chatter from fans about who the team's next head coach might be.

Only in Dallas. And maybe Philadelphia.

A natural candidate is Sean Payton, who's suspended from the Saints right now for his starring role in the bounty scandal and who was the quarterbacks coach in Dallas before getting his head-coaching gig in New Orleans.

On Tuesday, Payton dodged a question regarding the possibility of coaching the Cowboys.

"I'd rather answer a bounty question," he said at an event in the Dallas area, according to the New Orleans Times Picayune. "Right now my focus is on staying with New Orleans and really getting back on the sidelines."

Yet if the 'Boys continue to struggle, I'd imagine the Payton-Dallas questions won't be going away.


Here's what else is being talked about in the league's most popular division:


Dallas Cowboys

From Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News: Mike Jenkins took his turn at safety for parts of Monday night's game against Chicago.

Jerry Jones isn't overreacting, per Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.


New York Giants

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News hopes the Giants learned Sunday night in Philadelphia that greed isn't always good.

From Paul Schwartz of the New York Post: The pressure is building on rookie receiver Rueben Randle to step up.


Philadelphia Eagles

From CSN Philly: LeSean McCoy says his feud with Osi Umenyiora is over.

Alex Lee of the Philadelphia Daily News writes that Brandon Hughes made the most of a big opportunity with Nnamdi Asomugha down Sunday night. It'll be interesting to see if Hughes gets more reps now going forward.


Washington Redskins

Marke Maske of the Washington Post notes that the Redskins are seeing modest signs of improvement from their defense, which is a great sign when you consider that Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker aren't around.

And from Rich Tandler at Real Redskins: Injury concerns have been diminished in D.C. The glass truly is half full this week in Redskin Land.