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WhoDat!656 03-27-2012 10:42 AM

Haters gonna hate
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- There are so many things wrong with the Bill Parcells-to-New Orleans rumor I don't know where to start. But let me try.

First of all, reports indicate that Saints' coach Sean Payton spoke with Parcells about having him replace Payton while he serves a one-year suspension, which is OK by league rules but not OK by common sense. I guess that's another way of saying what part of this is New Orleans owner Tom Benson missing?

He should squash this report and squash it now.

I mean, Payton just disgraced your club by incurring one of the worst penalties in NFL history. So now you're going to trust him to name his own replacement? Someone tell me that Benson isn't that stupid, na´ve or both. Having Payton make that decision is like trusting Bernie Madoff make your next investment.

It's dumb, dumb, dumb. It's also Benson's call, not Payton's, and if the Saints' owner doesn't know it I suggest he consult the commissioner who just whacked his club.

"It's not my decision," said Roger Goodell. "The Saints are going to have to make that decision. [And] there's only one person who signs the checks."

In case you're wondering, that's you, Tom.

Second, if the report is accurate what does that tell you about what Payton thinks of his current staff? Not much, that's what. I mean, he had an ideal replacement in offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, who called plays last season during and after an injury that sidelined Payton. He also has defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, last year's head coach in St. Louis.

I'm not saying Spagnuolo should be the choice here. In fact, I'm saying he shouldn't. He has no history with the Saints and doesn't know the players. But Carmichael does, and he's a logical successor. Overlooking him for Parcells might ... no, should ... create fissures within the coaching staff, with damaging repercussions.

"He's going to lose that coaching staff," said one league source. "Basically, it shows his coaches that they don't have his support."


Third, Payton can't just tell the Saints to hire Parcells. He can make a recommendation, which seems clear. But the Saints would have to adhere to the "Rooney Rule" and interview at least one minority candidate before making a decision. If Parcells were to wind up with the job, what would that tell you about how the Saints did business here?

Uh-huh, that the whole thing was a fraud and that the Saints reached a decision the moment Payton hung up with Parcells ... if, in fact the two spoke -- and people tell me they have.

Fourth, Parcells is on the short list for the Hall of Fame, and there's a feeling that sooner or later he's admitted. But if he takes this job ... or any job ... it's later, and I mean way later. As Steve Perry, the Hall of Fame's president and executive director, pointed out Monday, the clock on Parcells would be reset -- meaning he goes to the back of the class, not eligible for induction until five years after his latest return to coaching.

Parcells, who turns 71 in August, reportedly is borderline-obsessed with making the Hall of Fame, and I get that. Football consumed the guy's life, and making the Hall of Fame would be the crowning achievement of an extraordinarily successful career.

But do this, and look what happens. You circumvent coaches on the Saints' staff. You challenge the "Rooney Rule." And you not only postpone your chances of entering the Hall of Fame for at least another five years; you run the risk of permanently damaging your chances.

This isn't just a stupid idea. It's a preposterous one. Here's hoping it goes away, and goes away quickly.

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RaginCajun83 03-27-2012 10:59 AM

Another clueless reporter ..... bringing in someone else makes perfect sense, Carmichael can concentrate on keeping the greatest offense rolling and Spags can work on repairing a defense that needs all the coaching and attention it can get

Seer1 03-27-2012 10:59 AM

Not that I'm in anyway on board with Parcells taking over as HC, but who is this Clark Judge character? Payton disgraced us? Really? Why isn't this Judge guy making a positive contribution to society by pedaling gas and slurpies at some convenience store?

saintfan 03-27-2012 11:09 AM

Some people are just stupid. This person is one of those people.

Mardigras9 03-27-2012 01:37 PM

I like it, he molded Payton and doesn't put up with any crap. Great choice for this year only.

st thomas 03-27-2012 01:57 PM

bla, bla, bla. he don't know green peas from baby turds. i can say what if pete did'nt want the head title so he can concentrate on keeping the O rolling. like someone mentioned above. spags starting a new defense needs all attention to that. what if benson asked payton to make the call on a interim. just clueless in palm beach.

WhoDat!656 03-27-2012 03:05 PM

Judge, Peter King, Mike Florio, Skippy 'Clueless' Bayless and the rest of the usual suspects are getting their collective panties in a bunch because the Saints, once again, are out-smarting everyone.

I am beginning to believe that Loomis knew that the Saints were going to be busted and lose draft picks, so that is why he traded our 2012 pick to patricheats for Ingram!

skymike 03-27-2012 05:41 PM

The HOF argument, I can see, but the rest of this is hooey.

this is a perfect gig for Parcells, and a great way to go out in style.
it works for Payton, because he is a protege of Parcells, and also because he
wont getting replaced permanently, as Parcells isnt going to want the job full time.
too many hours.
This works for the front office, because Tuna's name will ensure our rabid enthusiasm.
I love it.

TheKillerBs 03-27-2012 06:27 PM

Srgt. Hulka 03-27-2012 07:55 PM

It must be a good idea if it pisses all the reporters off this much!

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