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WhoDat!656 04-11-2012 07:54 PM

Bill Parcells: I didn’t want to coach, I did want to help Sean Payton
Bill Parcells said Wednesday that his decision not to coach the Saints during Sean Payton’s suspension was simply a matter of knowing that he wants to remain retired — and he said he never really wanted to coach again, although he did want to help Payton in any way he could.

Parcells said on ESPN that he never really wanted to be the interim head coach of the Saints for the 2012 season, but he did consider it because he considers Payton such a close friend.

“In my mind, I didn’t really feel an inclination to do that,” Parcells said. “My real feelings were about his welfare.”

Parcells reiterated his past comments of not feeling the itch to coach.

“I’ve been out quite a while now and I have another life and I’m pretty happy with that,” Parcells said.

Parcells said it upset him to hear about the bounty program overseen by former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, but he believes Payton is a good man who doesn’t deserve to lose his team over the matter.

“I was certainly — like a lot of people in the NFL — saddened by the news of what precipitated some of this activity here, the bounties and those kinds of things,” Parcells said. “I do have a very high regard for the coach of the Saints, Sean Payton. I like him very much personally, we worked together for three years in Dallas, we correspond on a frequent basis. My initial thoughts were just concern about him.”

Because of that concern, Parcells said, he spoke to Payton as soon as the news came down that he was suspended for the 2012 season.

“I talked to him very soon after the announcement came out,” he said. “We went back and forth about a lot of subjects, and one of them was coaching, and we just kind of broached that.”

But in the end, Parcells has decided that he’s staying put in retirement.

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LBCutta 04-11-2012 08:36 PM

Glad he was honest with the organization

Rugby Saint II 04-11-2012 09:51 PM

Yep, no sense in being half hearted as a coach. You've got to give a lot of time and energy. The Tuna just wants to kick it around the crib. I'll bet he's got nice digs.

Marlboro Man 04-12-2012 01:15 AM

Why go blow it out your arse cat food.

UK_WhoDat 04-12-2012 05:57 AM

Fair enough

Supertek 04-12-2012 10:55 AM

I don't blame Him either nice to hear from Him. If I could take it easy in retirement I would too.

dueceloose 04-13-2012 12:30 AM

So instead of Big Tuna we got Sloppy Joe

mikesaintfan 04-13-2012 12:39 PM

how about a media representative to field the questions after each game? id love to see that

jeanpierre 04-13-2012 01:35 PM

Yeah, I guess at 70+, it'd be hard to get up with Drew & Da Krewe before the game...

...but those press conferences would have been priceless for Saints Fans!!!

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