Sports Illustrated reporter Peter King is saying that the chances of Bill Parcells taking over as interim coach for the New Orleans Saints are slim to none. Earlier reports from ESPN were saying that suspended coach Sean Payton had spoken with the coaching legend about coming on board while Payton served his one year suspension.
King had seen Parcells this week and asked him if “he had the bug to return to coaching.”
“Do I have the bug? I don’t think so.” Parcells said.
King reports that it is way too early to tell if Parcells would consider coming back and that even if he wanted to the chances of him taking over the Saints were very slim.
Parcells told reporters,
“Sean Payton and I know each other well. He has sought my counsel about his situation with the Saints. He has told me a little bit about the team, about the situation they’re in, and about the players. But that’s it.
ESPN, citing several unidentified league sources, reported that Payton and Parcells have had numerous discussions, but there’s no indication a move is imminent or likely.
Sean Payton may appeal his suspension to the commissioner. He was suspended for organizing a “bounty” system where players were given bonuses if they crushed selected players.
Payton was the Dallas Cowboys’ assistant head coach under Parcells from 2003 to 2005.
No one is saying if Parcells would even be approved by Saints management if he wanted the job.
Bill Parcells last coached in 2006 with the Dallas Cowboys. He has a career record of 172-130-1, including two Super Bowl titles.
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