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Parcells, Payton play coy after playing golf


As the Saints face the imminent suspension of their head coach for a full season and amid reports that coach Sean Payton wants his mentor, Bill Parcells, to take the reins, both men are suddenly tiptoeing around the topic — which could mean that there’s a lot more to the possibility of Parcells taking the job than anyone realizes.

We played golf,” Parcells told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News.  “We really didn’t talk about the job.  They told me they would be in touch.”

“There’s really nothing new to date,” Payton told Alex Marvez of  “More than anything, we just played golf.  It was a great chance to visit with him and see how he’s doing.”

In other words, possibly, the Saints need to interview at least one minority candidate if the interim hire is going to come from outside the organization, so they’d better throw some water on this talk until they find someone who won’t think that it’s a sham.

“[T]he specifics in regards to him coaching, and I’ve read a lot of the reports, that would be something that [G.M.] Mickey [Loomis] and I and our owner and Bill would deal with at a later time,” Payton separately told Myers.  “Right now it’s been more as an advisor, as a parent.  That’s kind of really what he’s been to me.”

That’s fine, but it cuts against the multiple reports that Payton wants Parcells, and that Parcells may be warming up to the possibility.  Parcells told Myers that he couldn’t say what he would do because he has received no offer, and Parcells didn’t rule out the possibility of replacing Payton during Payton’s suspension.

And so it’s possibly only a matter before Parcells is referring to someone on the Saints roster as “she”.

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63 Responses to “Parcells, Payton play coy after playing golf”
  1. jaggedmark says: Mar 27, 2012 9:51 PM

    Parcells will NOT be the HC of the Saints this year. #WriteItDown

  2. urfinished says: Mar 27, 2012 9:51 PM

    Holy journalistic leaps…really…

    In other words, possibly, the Saints need to interview at least one minority candidate if the interim hire is going to come from outside the organization, so they’d better throw some water on this talk until they find someone who won’t think that it’s a sham.

    At least you through in “possibly”.
    Just put in the guy with the most familiarity with the offensive play calling and be done with it.

  3. jetslag44years says: Mar 27, 2012 9:53 PM

    Even getting the Tuna to New Orleans will Not make me respect the Saints

  4. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 27, 2012 9:55 PM

    In his most rent mugshot, Payton is shown being escorted from the Ye Olde Links clubhouse as an undesirable.

  5. uslim2nun says: Mar 27, 2012 9:55 PM

    Would love to see the Tuna back on the sidelines!!! He cracks me up with those looks he shoots at the players he “cant trust out there” …….. I would hate to be on the other end of that stare

  6. laramtime says: Mar 27, 2012 9:57 PM

    Ya, jump on that minority interview….Sham

  7. shovelface55 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:59 PM

    Parcells’ 2012-2013 gameplan
    Let Drew Brees do what he does
    Pay my players to kill their players

    ..Sounds like at least 10 wins

  8. nfl fan says: Mar 27, 2012 10:02 PM

    Who kept score – did Payton cheat?

  9. tedmurph says: Mar 27, 2012 10:02 PM

    One more curtain call for the Tuna. Get your popcorn ready.

  10. halen11 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:02 PM

    I am so totally outraged by everything that does!

  11. apage53915 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:03 PM

    Don’t worry I’m sure Payton is telling the truth.

  12. 4oledc says: Mar 27, 2012 10:04 PM

    At the 11th hole, the caddy went low on Parcells’ knee and made $2,000

  13. ascensionparish says: Mar 27, 2012 10:05 PM

    I know a Mexican guy at work who’d gladly interview for the job. His name is Jose Paytonez.

  14. saintsly says: Mar 27, 2012 10:07 PM

    Ha, This is just eating the media up. I can imagine what’s going thru Goodells mind………

    ” That Damn Payton” is getting under my skin !!

  15. thejuddstir says: Mar 27, 2012 10:08 PM

    I’m thinking Payton s feeling a little “insecure”about his future with the Saints. If a coordinator or someone else comes in to be headcoach and does well, Benson might look at it as an opportunityt to cut the leash on Payton and his huge salary; whereas with the Tuna, Payton knows he’s a mentor of his and that the Tuna would only hold down the job until Payton were to come back . The drug addicted cheating Payton is worried about being eased out in New Orleans should the interim headcoach do well. Gotta have someone he trusts to hold the job for him.

  16. tfbuckfutter says: Mar 27, 2012 10:11 PM

    Parcells counts as a minority candidate…..

    Judging by the breasts he’s had for the last 30 years, he is clearly a woman.

  17. genericuser8888 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:14 PM

    Parcells in New Orleans. (maybe.)
    Tebow to the Jets.
    Manning to Denver.
    Sean Payton as an announcer for Fox or ESPN.
    RG3 and Luck in the NFL.

    Gonna be one heck of a season!!!

  18. coreyg10 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:15 PM

    Just let him know he’ll probably get robbed if he moves to New Orleans. That place is scary

  19. bucrightoff says: Mar 27, 2012 10:16 PM

    Hopefully no bounties were placed on the beer cart girl

  20. tduhe1 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:20 PM

    BRAVO! Great move if this happens! I’m going to laugh my &$@ off if our Saints make it to the Superbowl this year. Nothing that Moron Goodell does to the Saints organization can prevent us from being winners. All you haters out there enjoying rubbing it in on us just wait until The season, and we will see who gets the last laugh.

  21. seattlenative12 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:21 PM

    Did Payton bring Vilma to protect him?

  22. redstar504 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:21 PM

    Got to love Sean Payton this guy always finds a way to pull something out of nothing. I think the Tuna in NOLA would be great provided he is a coach in a figurehead fashion. I would hope he would let Pete Carmichael and Spaggs do their things on their sides of the ball and limit himself to the classic head coach big picture decisions (running meetings, key 4th down decisions, personnel decisions). Just going to have to watch how it goes not forgetting that the Tuna is famous for flirting with teams and pulling out at the last second a la Tampa Bay.

  23. Manbearpig says: Mar 27, 2012 10:22 PM

    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*

  24. ep2404 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:24 PM

    This may turn out great for the Saints after all….

  25. hey804 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:24 PM

    After all the hoopla and shenanigans concerning the Saints are over and the season starts, Goodell’s punishments will have succeeded in dropping them from a top 3 contender into a top 5. Brees will sign and they’ll be fine.

  26. InFact says: Mar 27, 2012 10:26 PM

    In the FOX booth, Payton has his first salvo ready while announcing a Saints’ game:

    “The defense seems a little soft.”

  27. thesportsguy52 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:27 PM

    Payton actually paid Parcells to ‘handicap’ himself. Ha..haha..ha. What, too soon?

  28. mybrunoblog says: Mar 27, 2012 10:29 PM

    Payton promised Parcells $10k if he shanked one onto some spectators who had gathered to watch the coaches play a friendly round.

  29. captaintriumph says: Mar 27, 2012 10:35 PM

    Peyton should be banned from all contact with the team and anything associated with the team.

  30. habsman says: Mar 27, 2012 10:37 PM

    Payton should be a pretty good golfer by this time next year.

  31. mrcogburn says: Mar 27, 2012 10:39 PM

    If the money is green, Bill’s in. The man is shameless.

  32. gotampabay52 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:41 PM

    Hate the saints but this roomey rule is so racist just bring a black coach to do any interview knowing parcells cant take the job until a black man sits with gm and owner horrible forget bounty how about racism as a white man jts just not right fix that goddell

  33. willsco16 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:41 PM

    No Seinfeld reference ?

  34. jonny42671 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:41 PM

    I’m sure he remembers the days if the Paper bags. It’s going to be hard to tell if the fans will be warring the bags again because they will be terrible AGAIN or because they are ashamed and embarrassed that they are a part of something that is so TAINTED and not deserved?

  35. willsco16 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:43 PM

    No Seinfeld reference?

  36. blowpackblow says: Mar 27, 2012 10:47 PM

    Payton probably cheated at golf too.

  37. vikingdoode says: Mar 27, 2012 10:47 PM

    if Benson fires him does he have to pay him? But real question shouldn’t the owner be making the decision to hire whom he wants?

  38. detsportsdude says: Mar 27, 2012 10:48 PM

    Plaeezzze….Tuna’s don’t play golf, they go fishing

    (rimshot) thank you, don’t forget to tip your waitress.

  39. fu7ur3pr00f says: Mar 27, 2012 10:48 PM

    Parcells coaching The Saints and Drew Brees. Facing off against The Falcons and Arthur Blank who he left at the altar back in ’08.

    Peyton Manning with the Broncos.

    Andrew Luck under center in Indy.

    Washington mortgaging their future on RGIII.

    The Tebow/Sanchez/Rex Ryan fiasco extraordinaire.

    Going to be an exciting season in the NFL.
    Get your popcorn ready.

  40. bobby4413 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:55 PM

    Maybe the Big Tuna can win a playoff game this century.

  41. ivibaileyivi says: Mar 27, 2012 10:56 PM

    Parcells could come in and be damn skippy for the AINTS, but hes no fool with that mess Paytons cheating A@* created. Mark my word right now i BET charma/DE will take Brees out this year you watch the shots the league will be taking at him. Brees wash your hand with the AINTS and dont sign that Franchise tag, go play for a Franchise who has CLASS and DIGNITY!! In the NFL your are all like close brothers/family… Who hurts there own family??? __________ you fill in the blank. ITS DISGUSTING WHAT THEY DID!!

  42. xtb3 says: Mar 27, 2012 10:57 PM

    Parcells has thorobred horses. Fairgrounds Racetrack is there.

  43. dynaco says: Mar 27, 2012 11:14 PM

    He’s a quitter and hasn’t won anything since his early days with the Giants.

  44. westclaims says: Mar 27, 2012 11:21 PM

    Take note of who wrote this article…The Tuna is in. He will coach the Saints.

    So and so at PFT would never let anyone else there write this.

  45. letmesetyoustraight says: Mar 27, 2012 11:23 PM

    Wow, another post deleted. All I did was make an observation about MF’s video and how peeved he looked. Don’t take these so serious, Mike.

  46. jonny42671 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:29 PM

    Who kept score? Did Peyton cheat? That’s hilarious! Great post!! Lol

  47. ivibaileyivi says: Mar 27, 2012 11:41 PM

    Hey Sean Payton my buddy can get you an application at Applebees for a dishwasher. I can already see it.. And the 2012 dishwasher of the year is…… SEAN PAYTON. Your a moron your franchise is a now a joke. I lived in New Orleans and been to many games and never seen so many rude, pathetic, disrespectful fans at the games. Been to many stadiums and by far with out a doubt you idiots deserve yourselves. Things happen for a reason and Katrina hit that state for a reason…

  48. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 27, 2012 11:48 PM

    Please! No more pictures of that kid from “Malcolm in the Middle”. I’d rather see the entire PFT collage of Parcells’ manboobs on a golfcart

  49. drgfri says: Mar 27, 2012 11:52 PM

    Maybe they just aren’t the type to kiss and tell….

  50. saintsfan65 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:54 PM

    I love to see all of these saints haters just shows how nervous y’all turds are getting lol. Who Dat baby !!!!!!

  51. fusion3450 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:02 AM

    i love that i see more and more people saying their posts are not showing up or being deleted. i knew i wasn’t going nuts

  52. sfsaintsfan says: Mar 28, 2012 12:32 AM

    Actually it is this:

    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints

    And soon to be this:

    2012 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints

  53. nowillrepeat says: Mar 28, 2012 12:49 AM

    What if the minority candidate is Tony Dungy?

  54. geauxjay says: Mar 28, 2012 6:36 AM

    It’s AMAZING how Bill Parcells stole the spotlight five minutes after Tim Tebow gave it up.

    It’s almost like they have the same agent or something pulling the strings at ESPN.

  55. weswelkerspornstash says: Mar 28, 2012 7:31 AM

    Is John Gruden plan B?

  56. doubleogator says: Mar 28, 2012 8:03 AM

    Coreyg10, New Orleans is scary? Pleeze, get a life, New Orleans is one of the greatest cities in the USA, what scared you? too much fun?
    One more thing the Rooney rule is out dated, coaches are hired on merit, not color….

  57. SaintsSBCHAMPS2012 says: Mar 28, 2012 8:14 AM

    This would b a nightmare for all the pansies out there. saints 11-5 whether Parcells coaches or not

  58. saintsfan4ever says: Mar 28, 2012 8:35 AM

    I was listening to a sports announcer on a video on one of these websites & he was talking about how convenient it would be for our Saints head coach to get Parcells to replace him for the year.
    How if one of the assistant coaches took the Head Coach job for the year, and did really well with our Saints & won the Superbowl for example — then it could possibly mean that Benson may say “goodbye” to Sean Peyton & keep whoever coached as the new H.C. …
    So, I’m wondering: What are the possibilities of something like that happening? Peyton losing his job?? I’d really hate to see it, but after all that’s happened, I don’t know if I’d be too surprised… This is a really “iffy” one for me! I just hope that whoever we get as our HC for the year brings us to WIN the Superbowl & shut up all of these people criticizing us!!

  59. musicman495 says: Mar 28, 2012 8:46 AM

    Manbearpig says: Mar 27, 2012 10:22 PM

    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*
    It wasn’t clever the first ten times you posted it.

  60. gbmickey says: Mar 28, 2012 8:47 AM

    Saint fans appear a little delusional thinking Parcells who has been out of touch with coaching for how many years now? Will come in and things will be similar to what they were is laughable. As someone mentioned earlier he hasnt been relevant since he was with the Giants. A one year gig for a guy who is seventy something and out of touch. Doesnt appear to be a match to me. Cant wait for the first few times things dont go his way and he even questions why he is even doing this or when a player disrespects him.

    The only title the saints will be winning after a spirited fight with the jets will be the most laughable franchise.

  61. musicman495 says: Mar 28, 2012 8:53 AM

    saintsfan4ever says: Mar 28, 2012 8:35 AM

    So, I’m wondering: What are the possibilities of something like that happening? Peyton losing his job??
    I think this is at least part of the reason Sean Payton (Peyton is the Manning kid) is exploring this – if Carmichael or Spagnuolo did a great job this year, they could be promoted and Payton might be out. The beauty of this for Payton is that Parcells has no interest in the job long term. Payton trusts him totally in this case.

  62. mogogo1 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:29 PM

    Payton likes Parcells for job security purposes…but what would the Saints get out of it? Parcells hasn’t coached in years and he’s not familiar with the Saints. He’d be a lame duck sideshow. From the team’s standpoint, promoting somebody internally would seem to be a no-brainer. It’s amazing how little leadership that organization has beyond Payton.

  63. cowboycjn says: Mar 28, 2012 3:46 PM

    QUOTE: “so they’d better throw some water on this talk until they find someone who won’t think that it’s a sham.”
    – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    The media and especially you are the one writting things that make things such a sham. Your articles are nothing but opinions and speculation, can you ever report on facts and truth for once. Print newsworthy information, something we can trust instead of all the gossip you keep making stories out of – oh forgot this is called job security.
    I thought people had to have some jouralism training to write stories to print for the public to read.

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