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Stephen A. Smith Has Surprising Admission On Sean Payton

Stephen A. Smith looking on at the NBA Celebrity Game

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 14: Head coach Stephen A. Smith of Team Stephen A. looks on before the 2020 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Presented By Ruffles at Wintrust Arena on February 14, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

There might not be a person on television who enjoys tweaking the Dallas Cowboys more than ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. He's had a strong 10 days of trolling too after Dallas lost in the playoffs.

But if America's Team actually finds a way to land Sean Payton down the line, even Stephen A. would have to admit it would be a tremendous move. On Get Up this morning, Stephen A. said he'd have to ease off his criticism of the franchise.

"If Sean Payton were in Dallas, they'd actually have a shot. There wouldn't be a black cat running around that franchise," Smith said. "If Sean Payton were in Dallas. I dare say that I would view them differently, and I don't think you would hear me trolling them nearly as much as I do.

"I'll find a way. But it would have to diminish just a touch. Because Sean Payton, he's a hell of a coach."

Payton stepped down as head coach of the Saints on Tuesday after 15 seasons. He reportedly intends to stay away from coaching next season, but hasn't ruled out a return to the sideline.

That's why so many people are linking Payton to Dallas. He was an assistant with the Cowboys under Bill Parcells, and owner Jerry Jones has a well-known affinity for the offensive-minded head coach.

The Payton-to-Dallas in 2023 rumors are going to be around for a while.