Bill Parcells sent mixed signals on Monday about whether he’s interested in serving as interim head coach of the Saints during Sean Payton’s suspension this year, but he’s at least interested enough to meet with the Saints about it.
Parcells will meet today with Payton and Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis to discuss the role of interim head coach, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting.
With Payton suspended for a year and Loomis suspended for the first eight games of the regular season, the Saints would like to have a proven leader with experience taking a franchise to a Super Bowl overseeing things. Parcells certainly fits that mold.
The question is whether Parcells, who has said he became burned out from coaching late in his career, is ready to take on the job. He said on Monday that he doesn’t think he has the bug to coach.
However, getting handed a job that would last no more than 10 months — and a job in which he’d inherit a team that contended for the Super Bowl last year — might be enough to give him the bug. Payton and Loomis will attempt today to persuade him to coach the Saints for 2012.