Saints devising plan for 2012 head coach

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Now that the NFL has upheld the one-season suspension of Saints coach Sean Payton, the Saints must come up with a plan for replacing Payton from April 16, 2012 until the day after Super Bowl XLVII.

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the Saints are now devising that plan, with owner Tom Benson and G.M. Mickey Loomis ultimately deciding the course of action.  Payton will have input in the process, but the decision will be made by Benson and Loomis.

The biggest question is whether the Saints will promote from within, or whether they will hire someone not currently connected to the team.  The Saints are prohibited from hiring anyone currently under contract at another NFL franchise.

Former Giants, Patriots, Jets, and Cowboys coach Bill Parcells told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News that Parcells knows “absolutely nothing” about the situation, and that he hasn’t spoken to the Saints in over six days.

If the Saints hire Parcells, they must first comply with the Rooney Rule.  They may do so by interviewing a minority candidate currently on the staff.  Per the source, the Saints have not yet commenced the process of interviewing any candidates.

Although Payton’s suspension begins on April 16, the Saints may wait to hire a replacement.  Assistant head coach Joe Vitt, whose suspension doesn’t commence until Week One of the regular season, could preside over offseason workouts until a final decision is made.

53 responses to “Saints devising plan for 2012 head coach

  1. @talkintrashallday says: Apr 9, 2012 4:49 PM

    Fan 1: “you still got your paper bag?”
    Fan 2: “I NEVER leave it behind.”
    Sean Payton: “Got an extra one?”
    —————–

    Saints will still win the cupcake NFC South.

  2. There is only one reason that Peyton wants Parcells to coach……Because he is scared to death of losing his job. He knows Parcells will only coach the one year.
    What would happen if Pete Carmichael were named interim coach and the Saints went to the Super Bowl? Do you really think the Saints would bring Peyton back even if they are promising it right now?
    I would be furious if I was a Saints assistant right now. One of those guys deserves to be promoted from within the orginization. You screwed this up coach Peyton. Time to man up and name one of your assistants head coach. If you dont get your job back next year that is Karma.

  3. Is the next Saints related story going to be about who blew up the bathroom and didn’t cop to it? Benson is furious and out for blood; bounty no problem, leave stains on the pot…you’re gone!

    Seriously though, how many Saints stories can you crank out in one day? There really is no meat on this bone…

  4. Heard the taints* were thinking of hiring Brock Lesnar as headcoach and Cold Stone Austin to be defensive coordinator….they don’t want to get away from what has made them successful…..cheating.

  5. If they plan to bring Peyton back they will promote from within for continuity reasons. If they bring somebody new in it will mean the end of Peyton. I would hope they fire him.

  6. Brees and Payton are connected at the hip. Media and company are making a big deal out of nothing in terms of an interim coach. Parcells will get the job and empower the dysfunctional and emotional fan base to carry this team through adversity, which is what they need to take them all the way to a home dome super bowl.

    Stranger things have happened in the big easy.

    Commish set this one up by giving an excessive punishment to a fan base by taking their coach away for entire year.

    The Who Dat Nation thanks the Commish for creating much needed adversity.

  7. Doesn’t make sense to wait to hire an interim HC this summer with Vitt running the show till then — how would the HC gain any familiarity if he’s an outsider?

  8. @talkintrashallday says: Apr 9, 2012 4:49 PM

    Fan 1: “you still got your paper bag?”
    Fan 2: “I NEVER leave it behind.”
    Sean Payton: “Got an extra one?”
    —————–

    Saints will still win the cupcake NFC South.

    ——-

    Really? I’m a Saints fan and think this is far from certain. The Bucs have gotten better, Cam Newton & the Panthers are worrisome and the Falcons do well, at least during the regular season. I actually think the NFC South is one of the tougher divisions in the NFL. And Sean Payton not being on the sideline is not exactly a plus.

  9. If Parcell’s is offered the job and accepts, he is now 6 years from the NFL Hall of fame. I would pass if I were him.

  10. stampede101 says:
    Apr 9, 2012 5:00 PM
    Wait I’m confused…I thought Loomis was suspended? How can he be working…on anything Saints related?

    If you had been paying attention, you would have read on numerous other stories on this matter, that Loomis suspension doesn’t start until after the preseason.

    Then again, your post did start with with: “Wait I’m confused”

  11. stampede101 says:Apr 9, 2012 5:00 PM

    Wait I’m confused…I thought Loomis was suspended? How can he be working…on anything Saints related?

    ——————————-

    another typical hater not knowing facts but just wanting to talk trash

  12. As long as Иew Orleans was a mediocre team, no one cared. Once they became a force in the ИFL; the pitchforks & torches came out.

  13. Wonder how their defense plays when they’re not instructed to end a man’s career, pathetic.

  14. I love how some people will start off threads with “I’m a so-so fan but”. Come on now you’re not a fan of the Saints or any team you start a thread like that with but just pretending to be one. Anyway head coach or no head coach the Saints are still the creme of the NFC South and one the top teams in the NFL. The core talent is still there or will be there and pieces have been added to improve the team.

  15. I love hearing all these people sayin that the saints aint gonna do anything this year. Hate to break it too yall but saints will be the first team to make it to the superbowl in their home dome. Who dat Two dat!!

  16. I dislike the Saints and their entire smug coaching staff. However, Goodell is doing them completely dirty. There’s no reason that these suspensions couldn’t be staggered so that the entire 2012 season doesn’t become a complete waste.

  17. Payton is starting a new company which plans on having a vendor selling Coach Payton masks at the Saints’ games. He should make up any lost $ this coming season.

  18. mvp43 says:
    Apr 9, 2012 5:16 PM
    If Parcell’s is offered the job and accepts, he is now 6 years from the NFL Hall of fame. I would pass if I were him.
    ———————————————————-

    At least he should wait to see what players get suspended what kind of Defense he would have.

  19. Saints D sucked when they won the SB and years following through last year. Brees played with Carmichael calling the plays for 6 games last season and they destroyed the now SB champs in one of those games and pretty much dominated all others too. If anyone here thinks their season is over now, he or she is an idiot.

  20. @bayoubauer – Actually I hadn’t been paying much attention. But thanks for answering my question anyway.

    @fusion3450 – relax yourself…and stop being so sensitive.

  21. gatherspeed says:
    Apr 9, 2012 5:55 PM
    Why do they have to obey the Rooney rule? Any coach (outside or inside the organization) , would be an interm coach, would it not?

     0 0 
    I believe GOD-ell has already ok’d Parcell in this situation without the need to adhere to Rooney rule (nfl radio about a week ago).

  22. I am totally confused by the whole Rooney Rule.. Why is it when a team fires its coach midseason and names an interim coach they dont have interview anybody, they just name a guy HC till the season is over. Now the Saints HC is suspended 1 year and will be back next April 16th or so, but they have to abide by the Rooney Rule.. It makes no sense to me

  23. Wasn’t the Rooney Rule put to give minority coaches a chance to gain experience with the interview process?

    Seems like the NFL is preventing many candidates that opportunity by blocking the Saints from interviewing someone already on another teams staff.

    Not to mention, this isn’t a permanent position.

    Like everything else lately, the league is making a mockery of the process.

  24. Who gets to throw the red flag this year… such a critical 7 month task.

    If our Defense can just act like one… NFL better look out.

  25. Saints fans have got to be the only people on the planet crazy enough to believe that having their head coach, GM, and a couple players suspended somehow makes their organization better because it creates adversity.

    The 49ers did great in the face of adversity when they lost their owner and president back in the late 90’s. They only had their first losing season in 17 years. But the Saints will be different…because they’re the Saints.

  26. jaltreality says:
    Apr 9, 2012 5:14 PM
    @talkintrashallday says: Apr 9, 2012 4:49 PM

    Fan 1: “you still got your paper bag?”
    Fan 2: “I NEVER leave it behind.”
    Sean Payton: “Got an extra one?”
    —————–

    Saints will still win the cupcake NFC South.

    ——-

    Really? I’m a Saints fan and think this is far from certain. The Bucs have gotten better, Cam Newton & the Panthers are worrisome and the Falcons do well, at least during the regular season. I actually think the NFC South is one of the tougher divisions in the NFL. And Sean Payton not being on the sideline is not exactly a plus.

    @jaltreality

    Couldn’t agree more. I logged into say this exact same thing. I’d keep my eyes on those Panthers next season and yes, the Falcons are always tough, at least during the regular season. I think this really hinges on if/when Brees signs, more than anything, regardless of who the coach is. JMO

  27. Goodell might have delayed Paytons absence until the 16th so that whoever is hired as coach will be less than 1 year even if only by a few days. This will make whoever coaches an interim coach.

  28. There is one local coach that can fill the spot and lead the aints to the superbowl with his creative playcalling and he might just bring one of the all time greatest middle linebackers with him. Muddogs Coach Klein and Bobby Boucher. Mama says Dat would be some fffffun to watch foosball!

  29. Getting real tired of hearing about the Saints.

    Yes they cheated. Yes the circumvented the salary cap, along with evading taxes. Yes their championship is tainted.

    Now what will happen down the road, when players leave the Saints giving up more and more info the championship will be tainted even further. Hopefully knowledge that Drew Brees knew about it will come forward as well. That would open a whole new ball of wax. And would almost certainly keep him out of the HOF.

    In my eyes if Sean Payton won 5 superbowls he would never get in the HOF.

  30. Whenever Parcells leaves a team, that team is in disarray for a few years afterwards.
    C’mon Benson, hire the Tuna! Dig that hole deeper for the Taints!

  31. I am so sick of hearing how the Falcons cannot win in the playoffs. It is really stupid. How have the Saints done in the playoffs the last two years?

    How many playoff games did they win last year? None.

    What about the year before?
    None.

    Didn’t they even lose to the only playoff team with a losing record?
    Yes.

    How many of the teams that knocked them out went on to win the Superbowl?
    None.

    As 2009 gets further and further away the Saints fans may want to close their mouths. You have not done anything special lately.

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