The Denver Broncos aren’t playing in the playoffs, but they could still have a disastrous weekend.

Denver is currently viewed as the frontrunner to hire Sean Payton. The Broncos would need to work out a deal with the New Orleans Saints, who still own Payton’s rights, but it appears Denver is in a good spot to hire the coveted head coach.

There is one thing, however, that could complicate matters.

If the Dallas Cowboys lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night, there’s a decent possibility that Jerry Jones will fire Mike McCarthy.

And if the Cowboys end up needing a new head coach, it seems likely that Jones would make Payton, a former Dallas assistant, his top target.

Sep 29, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, center, talks to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett before their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Payton was the assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach for the Cowboys for three seasons before getting hired by the Saints ahead of the 2006 season.

It’s no secret that Jones likes Payton. And this is his best chance to bring him to Dallas. If the Cowboys make another early exit in the playoffs, I wouldn’t be shocked if he fires McCarthy and goes all out to land Payton.

Now, that doesn’t mean Payton will go to Dallas (working under Jerry Jones can be a challenge, and Payton likely wouldn’t have the roster control he desires). But it would certainly make the situation with the Broncos a bit more tenuous.

Hiring head coaches can be a gamble. But you know what you’re getting with Payton. He’s a proven head coach who has won a Super Bowl and brought consistent success to a franchise that was struggling when he arrived.

The Broncos wouldn’t be guaranteed to win a Super Bowl with Payton at the helm, but he would at least give them a chance every year.

And that’s why the Broncos better hope the Cowboys win on Monday night. The last thing they need is Dallas in their way.

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