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RockyMountainSaint 03-28-2012 04:05 PM

Parcells: I might return to do friend Payton a favor
Parcells: I might return to do friend Payton a favor

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- If Bill Parcells decides to come out of retirement for a third time to coach the Saints this season, it will be for one reason only.
"If this guy says to me, 'Bill, I need you to do this,' " Parcells said in an interview with Newsday Wednesday afternoon. "That's what friends are supposed to be for."
"This guy" refers to Saints coach Sean Payton, who is very close to Parcells and is considering whether to ask the former Giants, Patriots, Jets and Cowboys coach to fill in for him during his suspension for the 2012 season. Payton was suspended for not putting a stop to the Saints' prohibited bounty program, which the NFL said was used extensively from 2009-11 as an enticement to knock opposing players out of games.
Parcells, 70, said he has turned down two head coaching opportunities since retiring from the Cowboys after the 2006 season, but this one is different.
"The thing with this one, it's a little more personal to me, because this is one of my guys," Parcells said.
Parcells met with Payton and Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, who has been suspended for the first eight games next season, on Tuesday near Parcells' home in Jupiter, Fla. Parcells said the Saints' head coaching job was not discussed specifically, and that he believed Payton wanted him to get to know Loomis. The two had not previously met.
"We literally did not talk about that job at all [Tuesday]," Parcells said. "The only thing he told me is, 'You're going to like this situation . I know a few of their players, just a couple. I think Sean wanted me to meet Mickey Loomis. I didn't know him very well."
Asked if the two got along, Parcells said, "It's hard not to get along playing golf. There wasn't too much contentiousness out there."
Parcells said he doesn't expect an immediate resolution of the situation, citing a potential appeal that would be filed by Payton. He has until Monday to file the appeal, but it might be filed sooner. If the Saints do want to hire Parcells for the 2012 season, they would first have to conduct an interview with a minority coaching candidate to fulfill the Rooney Rule requirement. The rule was put in place several years ago to promote diversity hiring.
"I think there are a few more things to be settled before they would be ready to move on from where they are," Parcells said. "I don't know whether they're going to appeal or not. [If they did], that would take a little time. I don't know exactly how long."
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said this week that if Payton did appeal, it would be an expedited process. Goodell said, however, that Payton would be allowed to continue working for the Saints until the appeal is heard. No decision on a coaching hire would therefore be made until Payton hears if the suspension is upheld.
Parcells said he was aware that returning to the sidelines would push back his eligibility for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a finalist this year, but was not selected. Hall of Fame rules require a coach to be out of the game for at least five seasons before being eligible; returning, even on an interim basis, would re-start the clock for Parcells.
Parcells said he wasn't worried about his Hall of Fame status.
"That's not even a factor right now," he said. "I can't live my life worrying about something that might never happen. I have to be honest with myself. I don't know if that's going to happen or not. Why would you live your life worrying about something that's not going to happen? Don't assume that I don't think that's important to me, because it is. But I'm not making any personal decision based on that."
For now, there is no offer.
"I would have to know a lot more than I know now," Parcells said. "They said they'd be in touch."

|Mitch| 03-28-2012 04:11 PM

That's just enough to strike fear in the rest of the NFL

saintfan 03-28-2012 04:22 PM


It's hard not to get along playing golf.
Clearly Parcells has never played golf with the group of guys I play with. LMAO

saintsfan1976 03-28-2012 04:29 PM


SmashMouth 03-28-2012 05:17 PM


Originally Posted by saintsfan1976 (Post 393473)

It sure feels like it.

neugey 03-28-2012 05:31 PM

Payton - "If I make this birdie putt then you're coaching Bill!"

Euphoria 03-28-2012 05:37 PM

Yeah I can't see how THE BIG TUNA will not be coaching the Saints now.

Sounds like its a done deal just a matter of crossing the t's and dotting the i's.

Danno 03-28-2012 05:40 PM


"The thing with this one, it's a little more personal to me, because this is one of my guys," Parcells said.
Love it.

Marlboro Man 03-28-2012 06:10 PM

"That's what friends are supposed to be for."

See what it's like to have friends Goodell??

WhoDat!656 03-28-2012 06:50 PM

I am concerned that it will be so blatantly obvious that the Saints are going to hire Parcells no matter what, that the 'minority' candidate may file a grievance against the Saints.

Other than getting an all-expense paid trip to New Orleans for a few days, why bother going to a job interview that you know you aren't going to get?

When there is an announcement that a minority coach candidate is in New Orleans for an interview, that will be all the confirmation we need that Parcells is going to coach the Saints!

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