Bill Parcells Unlikely To Coach New Orleans Saints Following Sean Payton Suspension
Bill Parcells is not likely to coach the New Orleans Saints as Sean Payton serves out his full season suspension stemming from the teams former bounty program.
According to insiders Bill Parcells wants to stay retired and despite talks with his good friend Sean Payton he hasn’t decided to take the one season coaching position. In the meantime the Saints are still searching for an interim coach to take over the franchise from 2012-2013.
At this time Saints spokesman Greg Bensel is declining to comment, as is Parcells’ agent Jimmy Sexton.
The Saints could choose to stay “in-house” and hand the job off to Joe Vitt, the teams assistant head coach who will only serve a six-game suspension without pay. Also a possibility is offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., offensive line coach Aaron Kromer and the teams new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
Vitt and Carmichael would both be acceptable options after the two men took on extra responsibilities for the New Orleans Saints last season after Payton suffered a broken leg. Vitt took on the teams linebackers last season while Carmichael began calling plays. In fact after he returned to full strength Sean Payton allowed Carmichael to continue calling plays for the teams final 10 regular seasons games as the team went 9-1 during that period, capturing various NFL offensive records along the way.
Vitt isn’t slated to start his six-game suspension until the regular season begins which could give him plenty of time to get the teams offense and defense in order before handing the position off to Carmichael.
If the New Orleans Saints want to be really inventive they could put both Vitt and Carmichael in the drivers seat, allowing them to co-manage the team until Sean Payton returns for the 2013-2014 season.