Goodell Won’t Stop Bill Parcells From Coaching Saints
If Bill Parcells does decide to return to coaching and step in to take over the New Orleans Saints NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will not be the monkey wrench in the wheel.
Goodell commented that Saints management are the ones who will be responsible for deciding who the interim coach will be. The Saints’ current coach Sean Payton is currently appealing a one year suspension for the Saints bounty program that existed for more than three years.
Goodell said at the opening of a store in New York featuring new team gear,
“At the end of the day, these are management decisions that Tom Benson has to sign off on. He’ll get recommendations, from Sean and (general manager) Mickey (Loomis), I’m sure, and others, and make his determination. If it ends up being Parcells, and they’ve gone through the full process, that’s their decision. They need to make those decisions.”
Parcells, Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis all played golf together this week. It is rumored that Parcells is seriously considering coming out of retirement to coach the Saints.
Goodell said about Parcells,
“Bill’s a great coach, and he will add a lot of personality and intrigue, and he’s as competitive as they get. I’m sure he’ll do a great job.”
The NFL is also expected to meet with Payton and Loomis regarding their appeals of their suspensions.
“From our standpoint, we want to hear if there’s information we’re not aware of,” Goodell said. “We’ll take that into consideration and we’ll deal with it from there. When rules are violated for three consecutive years and they deny it, there are going to be consequences. That’s the way it works.”