Payton part of Tuna's helpers in Dallas

Updated: February 9, 2010, 5:09 PM ET
By Matt Mosley | ESPN.com

Before Sean Payton became the most beloved NFL head coach of the past 20 years, he toiled in the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys organizations. Former Giants coach Jim Fassel was so smitten with Payton's offensive mind and laminated chart that he stripped him of play-calling duties in 2002.

After the season, the Giants provided Payton with a two-week period to search for a better job. They didn't want to fire him, but they weren't in a hurry to restore his play-calling duties. Payton ...

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