Bill Parcells wasn’t at the NFL owners meetings to address talk that Sean Payton approached him about filling in as Saints coach during Payton’s suspension, but he was in Florida and he was asked about the report.
Parcells was at the Mets-Cardinals spring training game in Jupiter when he was asked by David Lennon of Newsday about whether or not he’s spoken to Sean Payton since news of Payton’s suspension came down. Parcells confirmed that he did speak to Payton “back when it first happened.” Lennon asked if Payton spoke to him about taking the Saints job on an interim basis and Parcells said “not really” and said that “everything is hypothetical right now” when asked if he would be interested in such an arrangement.
The Associated Press also has a quote from Parcells at the baseball game, although it is a more flat “no” to the question of whether or not Payton has spoken to him about the coaching job. Jay Glazer of FOX reports that the two men will meet later this week in Florida to discuss the job.
We’ll obviously be hearing a lot more about this in the days to come, but it doesn’t sound like the Tuna has ruled out a return to the sideline at this point.