Parcells to Saints?

ESPN is reporting that Saints head coach Sean Payton has approached former NFL head coach Bill Parcells about serving as the Saints’ interim coach during his year-long suspension.

Payton’s suspension begins April 1.

Some may argue that the Saints have perfectly capable in-house candidates to serve in the interim head coach role (offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and offensive line coach Aaron Kromer), but I can see Payton’s thinking here.

Parcells could oversee the program, administer the day-to-day operations and deal with any in-season player transactions. Not only has Parcells been a head coach, but he has also served as a general manager and executive vice president of NFL clubs. Parcells could replace Payton for a year and, as a bonus, he could fill GM Mickey Loomis’ shoes for half the season while he serves his suspension.

Parcells presence would allow Carmichael, Spagnuolo and Kromer to focus on their respective positions without distraction. He would also command immediate respect in the locker room because of his lengthy and successful resume’.

Parcells’ last coaching stop was in Dallas with the Cowboys. In four seasons (2003-2006), he was 34-30 and 0-2 in the postseason. His career record is 172-130-1 with an 11-8 record in the playoffs. He won two Super Bowl rings as head coach of the New York Giants (1986, 1990) and led the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl appearance (1996).

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