Jason Garrett aware of Sean Payton rumors

Jason Garrett

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Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett makes a point as he meets with reporters the day after his team lost in Atlanta.



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Posted on November 5, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 5 at 10:21 PM

IRVING — After Dallas lost to the Falcons on Sunday night, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones found the locker room door locked when he tried to go inside.

It was one of many disappointments that Jones faced that night.

"I'm very disappointed, even though I knew we had quite a challenge so as far as how we do each game from here on out," Jones said after the game. "We'll see how we play."

Earlier in the day, ESPN's Adam Shefter reported that the NFL had voided the contract extension of suspended Saints head coach Sean Payton, which would make Payton a free-agent.

Payton has good a relationship with Jones, and since he lives in Westlake, speculation about the possibility of Payton eventually ending up in Dallas went viral.

"Jerry is interested," said ESPN 103.3 host Randy Galloway on Galloway and Company. "He is absolutely interested, no matter how much he loves Jason Garrett. I like Garrett too, but Sean Payton? Come on!"

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he was told about the report when it began to make the rounds on Sunday morning.

"There are a lot of stories that circulate around our game, so certainly some people bring those kinds of things to my attention, but again, we were focused on what we need to do," Garrett said on Monday. "We had a heck of challenge last night in Atlanta against an undefeated team; that's where our attention was."

Of course, any talk involving the future of Sean Payton and the Cowboys wouldn't be an issue if Dallas was winning. At 3-5, the Cowboys aren't playing very well because they're making way too many mistakes.

"Obviously there is a tremendous amount urgency right now for our football team," said Cowboys tight end Jason Witten.

And that urgency that is beginning to launch lots of conversations about change.

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