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Bill Parcells: I didn’t want to coach, I did want to help Sean Payton

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Bill Parcells said Wednesday that his decision not to coach the Saints during Sean Payton’s suspension was simply a matter of knowing that he wants to remain retired — and he said he never really wanted to coach again, although he did want to help Payton in any way he could.

Parcells said on ESPN that he never really wanted to be the interim head coach of the Saints for the 2012 season, but he did consider it because he considers Payton such a close friend.

“In my mind, I didn’t really feel an inclination to do that,” Parcells said. “My real feelings were about his welfare.”

Parcells reiterated his past comments of not feeling the itch to coach.

“I’ve been out quite a while now and I have another life and I’m pretty happy with that,” Parcells said.

Parcells said it upset him to hear about the bounty program overseen by former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, but he believes Payton is a good man who doesn’t deserve to lose his team over the matter.

“I was certainly — like a lot of people in the NFL — saddened by the news of what precipitated some of this activity here, the bounties and those kinds of things,” Parcells said. “I do have a very high regard for the coach of the Saints, Sean Payton. I like him very much personally, we worked together for three years in Dallas, we correspond on a frequent basis. My initial thoughts were just concern about him.”

Because of that concern, Parcells said, he spoke to Payton as soon as the news came down that he was suspended for the 2012 season.

“I talked to him very soon after the announcement came out,” he said. “We went back and forth about a lot of subjects, and one of them was coaching, and we just kind of broached that.”

But in the end, Parcells has decided that he’s staying put in retirement.

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56 Responses to “Bill Parcells: I didn’t want to coach, I did want to help Sean Payton”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 11, 2012 4:13 PM

    In other words, “I’m staying as far away from that clusterbleep as I can.”

  2. medtxpack says: Apr 11, 2012 4:14 PM

    Not a huge Tuna fan for the messes he leaves at teams but you can tell from his quotes he has mastered handling those questions from the media as a good coach should.

  3. mdd913 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:14 PM

    *cue hateful rhetoric from usual dork mob*

  4. cheers4ablumpkin says: Apr 11, 2012 4:17 PM

    He’s a good man

  5. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 11, 2012 4:18 PM

    So we won’t be seeing him stuff that massive gut into another pair of khaki shorts? Sweet mother.

  6. ronin36 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:20 PM

    But.. stay tuned..

    I still maintain the Saints will hire him as a “consultant”.

    Maybe for only the draft and/or thru pre-season.

    That way, he’s not officially coaching. And the Saints can skirt around the Rooney Rule.

  7. steelerer says: Apr 11, 2012 4:20 PM

    Tomorrow will be another story on how we cant trust what hes saying.

  8. jimmyburn69 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:23 PM

    Lets be real. The only reason why he didnt jump on this is because he didnt want his HOF counter to start over.

  9. jason1980 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:28 PM

    We’ll see what a cluster beep it is when the Saints roll over their opponents this season. And you know what, all of the loud mouth squeaky wheels around here will be nowhere to be found. I for one, can not wait to say, told ya so! Schadenfreude abound, but reality will conquer.

  10. genericuser8888 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:29 PM

    So, he doesn’t want to coach, but that does not mean he would not fill in for Loomis as GM during his suspension.

    I would not totally rule out Parcells participating in some fashion. Consultant, temporary GM for few weeks, etc.

  11. mark921129 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:32 PM

    mdd913 says:
    Apr 11, 2012 4:14 PM
    *cue hateful rhetoric from usual dork mob*

    Interesting that comments about such huge scandal can be construed as ‘hateful rhetoric from usual dork mob’.

    The whole Saints fan base wants this swept under the rug, while ridiculing everyone who is appalled by the actions of an entire organization. Bottom line is YOUR team opened itself up to this ‘hateful rhetoric’.

    …get used to it, cause it’s going to ramp up when the players suspensions are announced.

  12. Manbearpig says: Apr 11, 2012 4:33 PM

    mdd913 says:Apr 11, 2012 4:14 PM

    *cue hateful rhetoric from usual dork mob*
    _______________________

    Cue the same tiresome “cue the” comment.

  13. Manbearpig says: Apr 11, 2012 4:33 PM

    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*

  14. saints4evah says: Apr 11, 2012 4:35 PM

    Please do stay retired Coach Parcells…Dave Megget, sit back down…we don’t need Parcells to drag our offense down with his 1982 style of play calling. HE left his last three teams in shreds and just couldn’t seem to make up his mind as to what he wants, and we don’t need that distraction…i thinks the Saints are going to have plenty on their plates without having to conform to ego of a Parcells type…We want Chucky!!! One season with Gruden tutoring the D, while he can finally have a top shelf QB for his innovative style, and it could get interesting. But who needs a head coach from outside? We have a core group of fine coaches and a field general in Drew Brees once he gets his contract in Mickey’s last move before his suspension. Vilma and shale will be gone for one reason or th e other, and our FA’s Chamberlain, Hawthorne, and Lofton will step up huge for us with Martez ready to breathe fire…all we need to pull together, listen to their team leaders and we have a Super Bowl contender despite the withch hunt and Goody-boy’s punishments for our departed DC’s big stupid mouth, and this season we will be more than ever dangerous, and hungry. All the hate in the world can’t match our love of our team, so come on September!!! WHO DAT!!!

  15. daysend564 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:38 PM

    All these shenanigans with the coaches plus Brees is in the final four for the Madden cover.

    This year’s outlook is ominous

  16. bobhk says: Apr 11, 2012 4:42 PM

    Most likely Tuna was borderline bounty enabler.

  17. musicman495 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:45 PM

    Manbearpig says: Apr 11, 2012 4:33 PM

    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*
    ————————————-
    Cue the same meaningless, repetitious asterisk comment.

  18. catquick says: Apr 11, 2012 4:46 PM

    give him some money Tuna!

  19. metrocritical says: Apr 11, 2012 4:47 PM

    Why use any energy commenting on this story by bashing Bill for past actions? Why would he want to give up a peaceful lifestyle to step in a mess and cost himself another five years before HoF eligibility? At his age, I would think he’d like to enjoy post NFL life and savor the HoF induction process while healthy and so would any other rational person. And if he took the job, you angry cynics would say it was all about ego and money.

  20. fredmartin121 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:51 PM

    saints4evah, You show your football ignorance, like a lot of folks without historical perspective, talking about Parcells dragging the offense down. Do some basic homework. His team set the record for passing in the mid-90s before it became in vogue — and despite the squad having a great runner. Without Parcells, Sean Payton wouldn’t even be a head coach. (Do more homework.) And the Saints probably wouldn’t have a SB title. Even if you don’t like Parcells, don’t start rewriting history or twisting facts. There’s a reason six of the last 12 SBs were won by his ex-assistants. There’s a reason teams keep coming after him even in his 70s.

  21. mdd913 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:51 PM

    mark921129 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:32 PM
    Interesting that comments about such huge scandal can be construed as ‘hateful rhetoric from usual dork mob’.

    The whole Saints fan base wants this swept under the rug, while ridiculing everyone who is appalled by the actions of an entire organization. Bottom line is YOUR team opened itself up to this ‘hateful rhetoric’.

    …get used to it, cause it’s going to ramp up when the players suspensions are announced

    ——————————————————————

    Oh please, you don’t actually think I’m naive enough to believe that people are “appaled by the actions of an entire organization” because they actually care about player safety or any of this crap.

    All these hateful comments are simply a continuation of the Katrina backlash, sour grapes and outright bigotry that Saints fans have been hearing for several, several years on sites just like this one. This controversy is certainly a convenient outlet for those of your ilk, but the hateful rhetoric those like you espouse is certainly nothing we haven’t experienced multiple times over and well before any of this bounty stuff happened.

  22. fusion3450 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:55 PM

    Manbearpig says:
    Apr 11, 2012 4:33 PM
    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*
    ————————-

    i’ve seen you put this on here like 20 times. all you can come up with idiot? it don’t matter what you think. they won the superbowl. i can prove it. i have a pic i took of the trophy. want to see it? so shove your ******’s up ur *ss. freaking crybaby

  23. fusion3450 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:55 PM

    Manbearpig says:
    Apr 11, 2012 4:33 PM
    2009 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*
    ————————-

    i’ve seen you put this on here like 20 times. all you can come up with idiot? it don’t matter what you think. they won the superbowl. i can prove it. i have a pic i took of the trophy. want to see it? so shove your ******’s up ur *ss. freaking crybaby

  24. mdd913 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:57 PM

    Those of us with enough brains to see the big picture (which apparently precludes about 90% of PFT posters) can see right through your transparent motives.

    Meanwhile, you go on like a bunch of old spinster harpies about things like “class”. As if you actually possessed any yourself.

    Keep in mind, every time you post some ridiculous notion like this on PFT, every Saints fan who reads it is getting a big kick out of your clueless mob mentality.

    Hopefully someday you grow the brains to understand the way the world really works. Until then, keep on fighting that good fight that you fight so well. You’re an important person doing important things. Really.

  25. ramjam28 says: Apr 11, 2012 5:07 PM

    I think he just didnt want to be called a Big Easy Tuna..

  26. gameproper says: Apr 11, 2012 5:10 PM

    Michael Irvin “almost threw up”

  27. purplehayseuss says: Apr 11, 2012 5:15 PM

    Bill, you’re so concerned that you participated in this circus to help Payton buy some time before his suspension begins? I see.

    And you “Our love of our team outweighs the hate” -ers:

    Your team created the hate. Coaches, administrators, players. You LOVE that? Or are you as deluded as Brees and have your heels dug in so deeply that you can’t see the onrushing train? D0 you LOVE Darren Sharper, too? He’s gone and done and won’t shut his mouth. He was on the 09 team. Is he pure as the driven snow? His smack talk with Shiancoe a while back indicates otherwise.

    And that’s all just blather. The New Orleans Saints will hurt this season – reaping their sewn seeds.

  28. hazebronso says: Apr 11, 2012 5:17 PM

    We want Chucky!!! One season with Gruden tutoring the D, while he can finally have a top shelf QB for his innovative style, and it could get interesting.
    ——————————————————

    Wow a few years on MNF and people think this joke can coach!

  29. baronvonmonocle says: Apr 11, 2012 5:25 PM

    No, Bill. You just wanted attention. As usual.

  30. truthhurtstoo says: Apr 11, 2012 5:31 PM

    “All these hateful comments are simply a continuation of the Katrina backlash, sour grapes and outright bigotry ”

    What on earth are you talking about? The comments are condoning the support from stupid Aint’s fans over a proven bounty program, period. No one cares about a past hurricane… if you did you would move out of the soupbowl of a town of yours.

  31. cantonbound13 says: Apr 11, 2012 5:34 PM

    Why would he coach? He’s still being paid by the Dolphins to do nothing.

  32. devikesfan says: Apr 11, 2012 5:42 PM

    “Parcells said it upset him to hear about the bounty program overseen by former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, but he believes Payton is a good man who doesn’t deserve to lose his team over the matter.”

    You’re wrong Big Tuna- a good man doesn’t accept money from a convicted felon to use for paying bounties.
    A good man discontinues a questionable practice when called out about it, and doesn’t lie to the league.
    Any other person in any other career field would be fired for such actions- and possibly go to jail.
    Sean Payton DOES indeed deserve to lose his team!

  33. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Apr 11, 2012 5:47 PM

    Oh please, you don’t actually think I’m naive enough to believe that people are “appaled by the actions of an entire organization” because they actually care about player safety or any of this crap.

    All these hateful comments are simply a continuation of the Katrina backlash, sour grapes and outright bigotry that Saints fans have been hearing for several, several years on sites just like this one. This controversy is certainly a convenient outlet for those of your ilk, but the hateful rhetoric those like you espouse is certainly nothing we haven’t experienced multiple times over and well before any of this bounty stuff happened.
    ________________________
    Katrina backlash? I did not give a rats azz when Katrina happened and I do not give one now either. The Saints are just a fing disgrace.

  34. thingamajig says: Apr 11, 2012 5:48 PM

    Bill Parcells: I didn’t want to coach, I did want to help Sean Payton

    Translation: Sean wanted me but Tom Benson refused to give the final O.K.

  35. mlmeier says: Apr 11, 2012 5:51 PM

    Never been a fan of Parcells—perhaps it’s residual hatred from his time in Dallas. Nevertheless, he handled this about as well as anyone could given the circumstances.

  36. genericuser8888 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:03 PM

    As if Drew Brees needed a reason to run up the score, I think this scandal gives it to him. We’ve yet to see him play with a chip on his shoulder, and suspending his best bud for a year gives him that.

    After this season, the new slogan will be “Offense wins championships”.

  37. mackie66 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:20 PM

    Think Parcells should go do to the Saints what he did to the Dolphins. Take millions of dollars from the Dolphins to turn them into the NFLs laughing stock. Parcells hired his cronies, Tony Sparano, and Jeff Ireland. Parcells played GM the first three yrs and strapped the Dolphins with oft injured players, and castoffs from the Cowboys.
    Hope he does as well for the Saints.

  38. souldogdave says: Apr 11, 2012 6:28 PM

    too bad he still dyes his hair.lmao

  39. eknirb says: Apr 11, 2012 6:31 PM

    until the Saints name a guy—-Tuna is still in play. Never say never say never say never….

  40. mdd913 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:32 PM

    Thanks to the usual cavalcade of braindead morons for proving exactly my point. Predictable to the last.
    Not that i would expect actual intellligent thought. People like you guys are the exact reason goodell has targeted and packaged this story the way he has. He wants the public to be all outraged and clucking and self superior so they dont see everything thats going on right under their noses. How does it feel to have your strings pulled like a dime store puppet? Oh nevermind, you dont have two brain cells to rub together enough to understand that you are being totally played.
    I hate what roger goodelll is doing to the game, but i must admit he is brillaint at manipulating the the idiot masses. Otherwise all you who care to truly be outraged would be looking at yourself as fans to see how your dollars have helped propagate the nfls culture of violence, or look at the bigger picture, or do anything else except wag your fingers at one franchse whose total sphere of influence amounts to less than 1 percent of a giant multinational corporations hundred billlion dollar revenue stream.
    What a bunch of sheep.

  41. thehawg says: Apr 11, 2012 6:34 PM

    Bill is throwing his chips on the table to see if anybody will “raise”.

  42. TheWizard says: Apr 11, 2012 6:53 PM

    I believe this guy fancies himself playing the media like a fiddle to fill the black hole that is his ego.

    Of course, I could be wrong.

  43. devikesfan says: Apr 11, 2012 7:35 PM

    mdd913 says:Apr 11, 2012 6:32 PM

    Thanks to the usual cavalcade of braindead morons for proving exactly my point. Predictable to the last.
    Not that i would expect actual intellligent thought. People like you guys are the exact reason goodell has targeted and packaged this story the way he has. He wants the public to be all outraged and clucking and self superior so they dont see everything thats going on right under their noses. How does it feel to have your strings pulled like a dime store puppet? Oh nevermind, you dont have two brain cells to rub together enough to understand that you are being totally played.
    I hate what roger goodelll is doing to the game, but i must admit he is brillaint at manipulating the the idiot masses. Otherwise all you who care to truly be outraged would be looking at yourself as fans to see how your dollars have helped propagate the nfls culture of violence, or look at the bigger picture, or do anything else except wag your fingers at one franchse whose total sphere of influence amounts to less than 1 percent of a giant multinational corporations hundred billlion dollar revenue stream.
    What a bunch of sheep.
    ——————————————————-
    You might want to brush up on the rules of spelling and grammar before calling others idiots.
    Back on topic- the Taints have no one else to blame for this.
    If you’re one of the NO fans that keeps parroting the “all the other teams do it” line, then produce the evidence and send it to Goodell.
    Bottom line, the NFL has the evidence against the Taints, and acted accordingly. And the culprits (Williams, Payton etc) have admitted as much.
    I never bought into the theory that the Taints’ SB win was gift wrapped for them by the NFL as some sort of feel good post-Katrina story.
    But, I’m willing to bet that the NFL didn’t appreciate the Taints organization taking advantage of whatever good feelings there were for that team and resorting to dirty tricks to ensure a win.
    Whatever “hate” the Taints fans are experiencing nowadays can be considered payback for their, and their team’s, arrogance post-2009.

  44. deathtoromo says: Apr 11, 2012 7:55 PM

    Why is he so in demand at this point?? Anyone seen the Dolphins lately?

  45. purplehayseuss says: Apr 11, 2012 8:09 PM

    mdd913 says:
    What a bunch of sheep.

    ***

    So let me get this straight.

    Goodell is hammering the Saints wrongly because I spend money supporting the NFL. And Goodell is wrong because the Saints represent such a teeny molecule of that outrageous money.

    So the teams that represent bigger portions of that outrageous mountain of money should be punished, NOT the Saints?

    The Cowboys, Packers, Redskins, Steelers, Raiders, Bears, etc that logically hog the bigger slices of the evil money pie must be punished!!

    Is that what’s REALLY going on, sir? I’m too stupid to understand, apparently. I’m too busy being self-important and snobbish. I have looked into my mirror. I see myself. Should I be seeing Darth Vader? Adolph Hitler? Dick Cheney?

    You claim to be above me in my dullness. Yet you only rant about some sort of outrage that only you ‘understand’. Help me ObiWan Kenobi. You’re my only hope. Baaaa.

  46. mdd913 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:49 PM

    And Goodell is wrong because the Saints represent such a teeny molecule of that outrageous money.

    ——————————————————————–

    No, Goodell is wrong because he is foisting off the sins of an entire league on one scapegoat. Because he is a raging hypocrite pretends to eschew violence in the sport while the league makes money hand over fist because of that very violence. Because he cares not one whit about player safety until it begins to impact his bottom line in the form of litigation.

    You are beyond naive if you can’t see that he is manipulating the flow of information for his own interests. Funny how he didn’t burn any evidence in this case. Guess that’s what happens when the offending team is not owned by super buddy Robert Kraft.

    Of course, actually presenting the evidence is another matter altogether, seeing as how the NFL has actually not done anything of the sort.

    Good thing he has people like you to swallow his spiel hook, line and sinker without giving a second thought to what is really going on.

  47. kodakinvegas says: Apr 11, 2012 8:55 PM

    Jason19&0. Hhahahahahahahaha, such vivid Saints fan. Get your garbage bags ready dude, you’re gonna need em unless you use the new popular dual stage plastic that also serves as an umbrella. Hahahahahahaja. Saints were dogs anyways, now their limp dead dogs

  48. patfic15 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:19 PM

    Cue the cue.

  49. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Apr 11, 2012 9:37 PM

    I’m glad he’s worried about someone’s welfare. Clearly former players didn’t carry the same concern

  50. ericf70 says: Apr 11, 2012 10:54 PM

    He doesn’t want to wait for the H.O.F. and he shouldn’t.

  51. gavriloprincip33 says: Apr 11, 2012 11:01 PM

    @ mdd913

    I won’t respond to your collective diatribe of insecurity and conspiracy theories but I will say this – seek medical attention soon because you clearly have issues…

    As for New Orleans the town, it is a dump which is exactly where you would expect to find the bloated rotting carcass of a fish…

  52. mdd913 says: Apr 11, 2012 11:23 PM

    The only issues I have are that stupid people are far too plentiful in this world. Your last comment only proves that you are one of them. Please feel free to go jump off the nearest tall building, thanks in advance.

  53. mdd913 says: Apr 11, 2012 11:26 PM

    And it’s not my fault you’re aren’t intelligent enough to understand the difference between “conspiracy theories” and the simple facts of the matter. I have only stated the latter.

    If you can’t come a level or two and debate this matter with some real intelligence and forethought, you aren’t worthy of my attention.

  54. purplehayseuss says: Apr 12, 2012 2:11 AM

    Good thing he has people like you to swallow his spiel hook, line and sinker without giving a second thought to what is really going on.

    ***

    OK, now I think I’m shorn. You’ve taken the scales from my teeny sheepy eyes.

    The entire Bounty fiasco is a ruse by Roger Goodell to prevent personal loss in the form of lawsuits. Ostensibly suits brought by players, ex- or otherwise claiming he’s taking away the manliness of the game. Roger Goodell is a Dictator, then.

    I see.

    This is all about Goodell. It has nothing to do with proof, including mass media confessions and apologies and suspensions of leaders of the Saints. And those confessions were…coerced? Whipped from the frothy lips of Williams and Payton and Loomis and Vitt? Confessions given in exchange for Goodell’s assurance that they’ll be protecting the NFL, and more importantly, Goodell himself, Dictator, from being sued for lots of money. Money that I pay into the NFL system, which is evil, and of which the New Orleans Saints have almost nothing to do except to be Whipping Boys for Evil Goodell, Dictator. Fallen on their Saintly Swords for the good of the league and Good People Everywhere. But the awful secret is out! You’ve solved it! Thanks! Baaa-aaa!

    This entire media circus for the past month is a huge cover-up of Goodell’s plan to Cover His Own Butt. So he won’t lose his personal stash of MY money. My sheepy brain was under the impression that the NFL Commissioner serves at the pleasure of the owners to protect the integrity of the game.

    Dude, you need the pill from Morpheus. Bad. Take it with some of this yellow Kool Aid. No, it’s lemon. I’ve got some wool for sale. It makes fantastic, warm hoods. You should try one. Here, let me help you get it over your eyes.

  55. mdd913 says: Apr 12, 2012 8:41 AM

    Like I said before, you’re going to need to come up a level or two and educate yourself on the facts of this whole matter before you presume to debate it.

    Until then, I won’t have anything further to say to you.

  56. djjasonpaul says: Apr 12, 2012 10:09 AM

    Tuna is playing you all, letting the Saint go through the motions and then the I’ll do it pops up. Saints need the big tuna..

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