​Rumors have occasionally swirled of late that ​​New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton may be headed to the ​Dallas Cowboys in the not-too-distant future if and when the team moves on from Jason Garrett


Saints fans needn't worry, though. Payton shot down the whole thing in a way that ought to get Who Dat Nation hooting and hollering.

​​“The plan is to remain in New Orleans," said Payton. "Hey, I’ve got fleur-de-lis tattoos that can’t be erased.”


With Garrett not considered likely to return once his contract is up and legendary Saints quarterback Drew Brees entering the final stages of his illustrious career, Payton joining the Cowboys made too much sense-- at least until now.


Over his 12 years as the head coach in New Orleans, Payton has amassed a 118-74 record, an 8-6 playoff record, and a Super Bowl victory.

He's guided the Saints to the playoffs in back-to-back years after a three-year drought, but he's failed to make it back to the Super Bowl in both tries. He's trending in the right direction, though. In 2017, the Saints were eliminated in the divisional round. In 2018, the NFC Championship game. Maybe 2019 will be their year once again.


At least Saints fans know they can rest easy now. Payton seems determined to coach the Saints or coach no team at all.