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Parcells on whether he has the bug to coach: “I don’t think so”

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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

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.

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28 Responses to “Parcells on whether he has the bug to coach: “I don’t think so””
  1. jwil444 says: Mar 26, 2012 6:35 PM

    “but I can always be persuaded so long as the price is right, there is some begging involved, and I can leave for more money, somewhere else, after even further begging, from someone else. So, yea, probably not. But a strong maybe isn’t out of the question.”

  2. tfbuckfutter says: Mar 26, 2012 6:45 PM

    If Parcells says it then you KNOW it’s the truth.

  3. jedimasterbates says: Mar 26, 2012 6:46 PM

    That is why you lift all them weights.

  4. randygnyc says: Mar 26, 2012 6:47 PM

    Pay ton aired the trial balloon first, to gauge Parcells’ interest. If he was interested, looms would’ve quietly fulfilled the obligation under the Rooney rule, before the saints formally approached bill. This also gives the saints deniability for the in-house coaches.

  5. thepvyharvin says: Mar 26, 2012 6:48 PM

    Come on man! Why would Parcells want to coach Saints?? Their name is even misleading.They are the Sinners. Bounty on the Bayou boys is nothing he should want to associate himself with!

  6. mrbigass says: Mar 26, 2012 6:48 PM

    Please hire him as a consultant so he can leave a mess like he did in Miami! Yea!!

  7. jayquintana says: Mar 26, 2012 6:49 PM

    Sure, he’s an opportunist, but… who’s a better option for the Saints? Dick Vermeil?

  8. dolphinballs says: Mar 26, 2012 6:51 PM

    “Bug” is an appropriate term when speaking of Parcels. Certainly New Orleans could do better. Not a Saints fan, just a Dolphins fan. Caveat Emptor.

  9. zonedogz says: Mar 26, 2012 6:52 PM

    He will have to wait 5 more years again for HOF consideration if he coaches again. He would certainly have to parlay that into a lot of jack from Benson to consider it!

  10. trojan33sc says: Mar 26, 2012 6:58 PM ………………………….. LOL

  11. foosball11 says: Mar 26, 2012 7:00 PM

    If the Saints are interested, I hear Boba Fett is looking for work.

  12. zinn22 says: Mar 26, 2012 7:01 PM

    The problem for Parcells in agreeing to be a part of the Saints is he would have to wait another 5 years to get in the HoF. He was eligible this year but did not make it. Likely he has a good chance of making it in 2013. But if he joined the Saints he would have to wait until at least 2018. The HoF might be more important to him. If he had gotten in this year then he could have joined the Saints as a HoF coach already.

  13. mrslay1 says: Mar 26, 2012 7:02 PM

    If they could find a way to do this it would certainly be a good PR move. I can’t see him wanting to but for enough money It certainly will not hurt his reputation.

  14. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 26, 2012 7:03 PM

    “I have the coaching bug. Give me a call!”- Richie Kotite

  15. carolinacraig says: Mar 26, 2012 7:05 PM

    “He has told me a little bit about the team, about the situation they’re in, and about the players. But that is it.” – The Kingfish

    So basically, everything except where the bodies are buried and the recipe for Cafe du Monde’s beignets.

  16. monkeesfan says: Mar 26, 2012 7:20 PM

    This is the same Parcells who lied to the Falcons and the Buccaneers (twice) and who always said he was done when he would announce a retirement then would miraculously show up as a head coach.

  17. jimr10 says: Mar 26, 2012 7:21 PM

    A little confused here.. I was under the impression Tom Benson was the owner and historically the owner does the hiring..

  18. PriorKnowledge says: Mar 26, 2012 7:21 PM

    I am sure Parcells has consulting commitments to other teams. If so, he would have to drop all the other teams to coach the Saints. That may be hard to do. He might not get those consulting assignments back once the NO temp HC job is over. So in the long run, taking the NO gig may be a bad business decision.

  19. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 26, 2012 7:22 PM

    Well, whatever the bug Bill has, it isn’t causing diahhrea and sudden weight loss.

  20. fumblenuts says: Mar 26, 2012 7:30 PM

    Bring back Jim Mora Sr.


  21. whoknowsnothing says: Mar 26, 2012 7:50 PM

    Dennis Green, Brian Billick, and Jeff George are ready to fill in for a temporary position at Head Coach.

  22. letmesetyoustraight says: Mar 26, 2012 8:16 PM

    Once again Mortenson swings and misses. He continues to throw $#1t against the wall to see if it will stick. MF probably idolizes him. :-)

  23. opie333 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:30 PM

    What a bunch of crap! Lets all be a bunch of nosey Liberals! Lol

  24. jimmysee says: Mar 26, 2012 8:55 PM

    As part of the sanctions against the ‘Aints, the league should require Ray Rhodes be named head coach for the year.

    .. or Brad Childress.

  25. assassins14 says: Mar 26, 2012 8:56 PM

    I think its time for Da’ Coach to come back….Hell all thier draft picks are already gone so he can’t screw that up!

  26. youallrfools says: Mar 26, 2012 11:14 PM

    Why in the world would Parcells want to coach the B squad that’ll be playing in the big sleazy this year?

  27. rajbais says: Mar 27, 2012 12:04 AM

    He has had some form of decline with every subsequent team he went to!!!!!!!!!

    Giants: Super Bowl Champs
    Patriots: AFC Champs
    Jets: AFC Championship runner-up
    Cowboys: 0-2 in all their playoff games!!!!

    He will not make the playoffs with the Saints because HE will screw it up!!!!!!!!!

    I hate all these sycophantic Parcells media members!!!! They say bullcrap things like “he left behind great talent for his succeeding coaches!!!”

    Why didn’t PARCELLS do ANYTHING with that talent???? Because his touch wore off!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Parcells = OVERRATED!!!!!

  28. promickey says: Mar 27, 2012 7:07 AM

    Wow, Parcells has never won anything without Bill Belichick. Moreover the Dolphins and Cowboys are better without big pay check Bill, who leaves each franchise he is with for one reason or another.

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