NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has indicated the appeal process will move swiftly. From a distance, it appears unlikely to go Payton's way, so what is the point?
Payton, conversely, has been somewhat of a defiant figure through the entire process, irking the league at the NFL Annual Meeting by failing to address NFL owners and coaches.
Payton is a coach first, determined to buy his team an ounce of breathing room as they plan for the season ahead.
A week -- even a few days -- gives Payton and his coaching staff time to put the house in order before he descends into the wilderness. More time to reach consensus on an interim head coach, crystalize draft philosophy and form strategy for what should be a most unusual 2012 season in The Big Easy.