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WhoDat!656 03-31-2012 09:00 PM

Pros, cons of Parcells to New Orleans
The Pros:

• Comfortable fit, adoring city: Parcells and Payton are two peas in a pod. Parcells genuinely wants to help his friend, and it's a manageable task because Bill's fingerprints are all over the Saints. The worst-case scenario for this team would be to go through a jarring change. Some new face with fresh, shiny ideas. The team was seconds away from the NFC title game. This is no time for divergent philosophies. Parcells would run the team as Payton did. He would play the role of trustworthy knight, riding in to save a disgraced franchise.

• Playoff-ready team seeking a leader: Anything the Saints accomplish next season is icing on the cake for the team. If Parcells guides them into the playoffs, it becomes a story line for the ages. Payton's legacy is damaged, but Parcells can do no wrong. As Lombardi pointed out, Parcells wouldn't be tasked with building a team. The team is here. Waiting to play. The role is enticing because Parcells waged war as coach of the Jets and Cowboys -- and oversaw the Dolphins -- with nothing close to Drew Brees at quarterback (we're assuming Brees will work through his contract situation with the team).

• Doing what he was born to do: Nobody is asking Parcells to step into a five-year contract. It's a quick-hit deal. If he's entertaining this, it's because he hasn't lost his passion or ability to teach players how to win football games. He commands respect. As Lombardi stated, this wouldn't be some frazzled substitute teacher waltzing in without a clue. Parcells is a legend, and players will respond.

The Cons:

• Hall of Fame clock: Many were surprised to see Parcells miss out on the Hall this year, and Gil Brandt believes induction is of great importance to him. If Parcells accepts a coaching role with New Orleans, his eligibility clock resets, pushing it back to five years and counting. Parcells is 70 years old. The Hall is a factor, but opinions vary as to how much this matters to him.

• Team falls apart: We don't have an answer yet on how the players involved with the bounty scandal will be disciplined. In addition, we don't have a read on how New Orleans will perform on the field amid changes. There's no reason to believe the Saints are about to stink up the joint, but what if Parcells takes over and the team unravels? A feel-good ride isn't guaranteed.

• Father Time: Coaches league-wide are working longer hours than ever before. These men have one speed. Parcells has learned to delegate, but with his reputation involved, he'll want to grind. Can he do this at age 70? Is it a job for a younger man?

The Unknown:

• His legacy: Parcells must weigh how this will reflect on a remarkable career. Parcells hasn't won a Super Bowl since January, 1991. If he takes this on, he'll be in command of a team considered title-ready. A losing season: Does it even affect what we think of the coach? A Super Bowl win: Do we just cast Parcells in bronze right there on the spot? Can he resist one more go-around? news: Pros, cons of Parcells to New Orleans

|Mitch| 03-31-2012 09:02 PM

Parcells, Brees, Carmichael; I just can't see a losing season happening...

Rugby Saint II 03-31-2012 11:45 PM

Put Rita in as head coach until Vitt comes back. Although, I love me some tuna!!!

Danno 04-01-2012 08:29 AM


Originally Posted by |Mitch| (Post 394143)
Parcells, Brees, Carmichael; I just can't see a losing season happening...

It can happen, but we'd have to suffer key or excessive injuries. If we stay relatively healthy and don't suffer excessive injuries at a key position, I also can't see anything less than a 10 win season.

We could set a Roger Goodell voodoo doll on the sidelines as our coach and still win 8 games if we stay healthy.

hagan714 04-01-2012 09:11 AM

let bill handle the media and keep them off the players back

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