Out of the blue came Bill Parcells’ name on Monday, with the former Giants, Patriots, Jets, and Cowboys coach linked to the Saints as a potential one-year replacement for Sean Payton, whose one-season suspension starts Sunday.
Supplementing comments given by Parcells in Jupiter, Florida to the New York Post and Newsday were direct communications with Peter King of SI.com.
Asked by King whether Parcells has the bug to coach again, Parcells said, “Do I have the bug? I don’t think so.”
It’s also sounding more and more as if Payton didn’t ask Parcells to take over the job for the 2012 season. “Sean Payton and I know each other well, and he has sought my counsel about his situation with the Saints,” Parcells told King. “He has told me a little bit about the team, about the situation they’re in, and about the players. But that is it.”
And that’s all it may ever be. As a source with knowledge of the situation told PFT, Payton won’t be hiring his replacement. The decision will be made by owner Tom Benson and G.M. Mickey Loomis.
Even if Parcells doesn’t have the bug to coach, the Saints could try to hire Parcells as a consultant, who would likely have a more active role during the eight weeks of Loomis’ suspension, which begins as of the first week of the 2012 regular season. For now, it sounds like the 70-year-old Parcells is a long shot at best to be patrolling the sidelines in the Superdome this year.