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Parcells as interim Saints coach still seems strange

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It’s easy to understand why Saints coach Sean Payton would want Bill Parcells to serve as the team’s interim head coach during Payton’s suspension.  With a one-year-only outsider stepping in, the chances of Parcells later stepping on Payton’s toes would dramatically decrease.

And while it seemed unthinkable that Parcells would take the job when the news first broke on Tuesday that Payton had talked to Parcells about it (especially since Parcells dramatically downplayed the possibility), a strange sense of momentum seems to be building toward the move.

Peter King of SI.com has offered up five reasons why Parcells would say “yes,” even though in his comments to King from Monday it seemed that Parcells was poised to pass.  But there are still potential complications and other warning signs that would make an obvious quick fix seem like a long shot.

For example, Parcells is a firm believer in surrounding himself with his guys.  The closest connection on the Saints’ staff comes from defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who spent two years with former Parcells assistant Tom Coughlin in New York.  Parcells surely wouldn’t be as comfortable with brand-new personalities, some of whom may not be enthusiastic about taking a knee and kissing the ring.

Also, if the Saints go outside the team for an interim hire, they must comply with the Rooney Rule.  But since, as Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday, the Saints can’t hire someone who is currently under contract with another team, the Saints would have to find a minority candidate who currently is out of the NFL and who would willingly participate in a sham interview at a time when everyone knows that Parcells is the guy.

The better approach would seem to be hiring Parcells as a consultant and assigning him to help G.M. Mickey Loomis with football decisions, since Loomis doesn’t have the classic personnel evaluation background.  This would also allow Parcells to take the reins completely during the eight-game suspension Loomis will begin to serve once the regular season begins.  (This approach also would presumably not re-set his Hall of Fame clock to zero, given that the five-year period ran even when he served as V.P. of football operations in Miami.)

Parcells’ potential involvement gives rise to a separate problem.  It’s widely recognized that Parcells does whatever Parcells well wants to do, and if he wants to communicate with Payton via a pair of bat phones and/or walkie talkies and/or tin cans on a string, Parcells is damn sure going to do it.  Unless the NFL plans to continuously monitoring everything Payton says and does, there will be no way to stop it.

I talked a little bit more about the topic, or perhaps said some of the same things, during Tuesday’s PFT Live.

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41 Responses to “Parcells as interim Saints coach still seems strange”
  1. coreyg10 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:19 PM

    Why doesn’t everyone just agree…..the Saints suck, nobody likes them, their trashy city, or their arrogant fans. Go back to wearing bags.

  2. sdisme says: Mar 27, 2012 8:25 PM

    Rooney Rule – Curtis Johnson. Never mind he decided to stay at Tulane. – Next

  3. saints25 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:26 PM

    @coreyg10<<<< NOBODY LIKE A WINNER

  4. stadanko says: Mar 27, 2012 8:31 PM

    “if he wants to communicate with Payton via a pair of bat phones and/or walkie talkies and/or tin cans on a string, Parcells is damn sure going to do it.”

    Your Viking homerism has you coming up with at least one outlandish conspiracy theory a day involving the Saints. Sorry you’re still butthurt, Mike.

  5. mungman69 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:31 PM

    How about Jerry Jones as GM/

  6. tweeter75 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:36 PM

    Parcells did such a great job as V.P. of Football operations in Miami, I hope he takes the job with the Saints. He pretty much helped run that organization into the ground.

  7. jaltreality says: Mar 27, 2012 8:36 PM

    To satisfy the Rooney rule, they wouldn’t have to go far. Why not just interview in-house? I’m sure someone working for the Saints as a coach, be it Travis Jones, Henry Ellard, Carter Sheridan, hell even Charles Byrd, would be up to helping out their organization.

  8. stonecld33 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:40 PM

    Parcells may quit halfway through the season and go back to being an analyst if the season starts to tank.

  9. pgui88 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:41 PM

    It doesn’t really matter who the coach is going to be. It will still be Payton’s playbook called by Carmichael and Spags on defense. And still a very good team.

  10. jackshine says: Mar 27, 2012 8:45 PM

    Affirmative Action shouldn’t be mandated by the governmemt,
    or corporations within her.

  11. textexington says: Mar 27, 2012 8:46 PM

    Packers > Saints. Aints just became remotely relevant cuz God felt bad about drowning all those moon crickets in New Orleans.Cheaters never prosper.Go Pack Go!

  12. randygnyc says: Mar 27, 2012 8:50 PM

    Won’t do it. He won’t risk not being alive for his enshrinement and denying his family those memories.

  13. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 27, 2012 8:55 PM

    coreyg10 says:
    Mar 27, 2012 8:19 PM
    Why doesn’t everyone just agree…..the Saints suck, nobody likes them, their trashy city, or their arrogant fans. Go back to wearing bags.

     ——

    I’m guessing a Vikings fan.

  14. coreyg10 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:08 PM

    ^^^^^^^^^ im guessing a person that lives in public housing, and is using library internet. Wait????, is everyone in NO like that? Surely not

  15. jkffootballguy says: Mar 27, 2012 9:09 PM

    Denny Green will take an interview.

  16. patfic15 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:21 PM

    Rooney Rule- insult to black coaches everywhere.

  17. jvw1982 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:28 PM

    Hey Dolphin fans…..that organzation was already in the ground and buried long before Parcells left the Cowboys…..you can’t blame that awful mess on him…….

    This would be a good move by all parties….give Parcells some talent and they will win some games……

  18. citizenstrange says: Mar 27, 2012 9:52 PM

    I honestly don’t get the fascination with Parcells. It’s been like 35 years since he won a Super Bowl and 25 years since he won a playoff game.

    He did NOT win a playoff game as the Cowboys head coach and made the playoffs twice in nine or 10 years with them.

    He is what he is. A couple of lucky Super Bowl wins and he’s been riding that chicken for 40 years now.

  19. jerryd1 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:54 PM

    Might do OK cooking with someone else’s groceries.

    The groceries he bought in Miami, he said was Canton-ese … but it gave them the Mudville trots.

    He took the money, ran, & still talks big … even though it was a FAIL by anyone’s measure.

    After all, Parcell’s said … “You are what your record is.”

  20. saintsvstheworld says: Mar 27, 2012 10:02 PM

    Saints fans can spot a viqueen a mile away…how many times do we have to smoke dat ass before you shut up! Not that we want you too…its so cute. I love watching you tube footage of viqueen whines when porter picked the old man off…classic. never gets old! Lmao!

  21. Manbearpig says: Mar 27, 2012 10:23 PM

    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*

  22. saintsvstheworld says: Mar 27, 2012 10:32 PM

    Wow…look! One got through!

  23. zampft says: Mar 27, 2012 10:34 PM

    Parcells likes the attention. I seriously doubt it will happen.

  24. detsportsdude says: Mar 27, 2012 10:45 PM

    Maybe Wayne Fontes could make a NFL comeback? He’d finally have a quarterback worth a damn!

  25. jason1980 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:15 PM

    I love how the Saints scare you folks over here, and for good reason. Geaux SAINTS!!!!!

  26. cuda1234 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:25 PM

    Parcells and Tebow should get together somewhere. They both love the attention and neither has won anything in the NFL in Tebow’s lifetime.

  27. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Mar 27, 2012 11:35 PM

    saintsvstheworld says:
    Mar 27, 2012 10:02 PM
    Saints fans can spot a viqueen a mile away…how many times do we have to smoke dat ass before you shut up! Not that we want you too…its so cute. I love watching you tube footage of viqueen whines when porter picked the old man off…classic. never gets old! Lmao!

    every fan hates your team. smoke someone while not cheating and don’t act like your team has won plural superbowls.

  28. dablitz2 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:56 PM

    Ok, the Rooney Rule needs to go. It is ridiculous that it would get in the way of a situation like this. We get the point and every team with a true vacancy would interview a minority candidate, even without the rule.

    It is just stupid that they have to interview a minority candidate for this and even more stupid that they would be fined if one did not want to do it. It is time the media speak up about this stupidity.

  29. sfsaintsfan says: Mar 28, 2012 12:13 AM

    Parcells will do it.

    More than anything else, he will do it just to piss people off.

  30. fusion3450 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:17 AM

    we are hated because we are at the top and others are envious and want us to fall. too bad. its still our time. oh look. i see some piece of crap had to make a katrina reference. so typical. its like a broken record with you haters.

  31. rajbais says: Mar 28, 2012 12:43 AM

    Of course it’s strange because he declines as he goes to his next team!!!!!!

    Our stupid lemming country falls for ESPN’s crap when it pretty much says what a great coach he was when he had Bill Belichick every time he had anything magnanimous for him!!!!!!

    Parcells = overrated, abuser of the non-guaranteed system!!!!

    He had NO mind like Bill Walsh or Belichick!!!!!!

    Why did those two WIN 6 combined Super Bowls?????

  32. rajbais says: Mar 28, 2012 12:44 AM

    Tip: just reluctantly hire Gary Gibbs!!!

  33. nardointhenati says: Mar 28, 2012 1:44 AM

    Bring in Tony Dungy. He has the touch of class this organization needs right now and a knowledge of how to handle a HOF QB.

  34. brewdogg says: Mar 28, 2012 3:24 AM

    Is it too much to ask for consistency from Saints fans? For example, if you are going to intentionally pollute the English language with French crap, shouldn’t it be New Eauxrleans? Oh, right, it’s New Awlins…. Well, what about regular stuff then? For example:

    jason1980 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:15 PM

    I love how the Saints scare you folks over here, and for good reason. Geaux SAINTS!!!!!

    Shouldn’t this be:

    I love how the Saints scare you feauxlks over here, and feauxr good reason.

    No? Well, I guess I just don’t get the whole illiteracy thing then. Dat’s all, I’ll geaux now.

  35. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Mar 28, 2012 4:02 AM

    I would be shocked if Parcells wants anything to do with this disgrace that is the saints.

  36. lawyermalloy says: Mar 28, 2012 5:43 AM

    While the Rooney Rule has no bite to begin with, I don’t believe it is appliciple when a team is simply bringing in a coach on an “interim” basis until the head coach comes off of suspension AND the proposed “interim” has the unique background of having the same philosophy as the suspended coach from years of coaching together

  37. cuda1234 says: Mar 28, 2012 7:25 AM

    The Rooney rule, by definition, is racist. MLK dreamed of a day when people would be judged by the content of their character, NOT the color of their skin. The Rooney Rule does just the opposite.

  38. musicman495 says: Mar 28, 2012 8:41 AM

    textexington says: Mar 27, 2012 8:46 PM

    Saints just became remotely relevant cuz God felt
    bad about drowning all those moon crickets in New Orleans.
    ————————–
    Stay as racist and classy as you have always been. Perhaps you can laugh it up after someone you know or love is killed in a natural disaster.

  39. mn62980 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:25 PM

    textexington says: Mar 27, 2012 8:46 PM

    Saints just became remotely relevant cuz God felt
    bad about drowning all those moon crickets in New Orleans.
    ————————–

    To the person deleting posts: the term “moon cricket” is a racial slur. Do me a solid and delete this. I wouldn’t want people to think that all fans of a certain team were racist a-holes.

  40. mn62980 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:41 PM

    coreyg10 says:
    Mar 27, 2012 8:19 PM
    Why doesn’t everyone just agree…..the Saints suck, nobody likes them, their trashy city, or their arrogant fans. Go back to wearing bags.

    _____________________

    Just to clear this up, the fact that your girl flashed everybody on Bourbon St. doesn’t make New Orleans trashy, that makes her trashy.

    That’s why we keep all of the tourists down in the quarter: to keep you away from the parts of the city we actually care about.

  41. tatum064 says: Apr 6, 2012 7:54 AM

    textexington says:
    Mar 27, 2012 8:46 PM
    Packers > Saints. Aints just became remotely relevant cuz God felt bad about drowning all those moon crickets in New Orleans.Cheaters never prosper.Go Pack Go!
    ================

    Moon crickets? You’re a pathetic excuse for a human being or football fan. That was a tragedy of epic proportions. Your state deserves the Koch Bros. and being discount double-checked out of the playoffs by the G-Men.

    Loser.

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