After the bounty scandal broke just a few weeks ago, the Saints knew they would likely face some serious penalties for their actions. But the severity of those penalties laid down by commissioner Roger Goodell certainly couldn't have been anticipated.
A full-year suspension for head coach Sean Payton, as well as suspensions for assistant coach Joe Vitt (six games) and GM Mickey Loomis (eight games) were both harsh and unexpected. But while the Saints prepare for the upcoming season sans many of their primary football decision makers, it appears that a Hall of Famer may be in line to assist in the process.
Bill Parcells, the two-time Super Bowl winning coach, is rumored to be a potential candidate to replace Payton at the helm of the Saints for at least part of the 2012 season. The addition of Parcells, who is also close friends with Payton, would definitely help to ease the void left during the current coach's absence.
Parcells is 183-138-1 in his career during stints with four different franchises — Giants, Patriots, Jets, Cowboys — winning two Super Bowls in three appearances in the big game. Most recently Parcells spent two years as the excutive vice president of football operations with the Miami Dolphins.
An extremely competitive man in nearly all facets of life, Parcells has always seemed to have that itch for another return to the sidelines but never saw the right fit available. This could well be that perfect situation.
The downside of a Parcells' comeback is that the recently elected member of the 2012 NFL Hall of Fame would have to relinquish his acceptance and wait another five years before being eligible for induction again. Parcells is also 70 years old and will be 71 by the time the season starts in early September. Even with all of his energy and passion for the game, Parcells may be best suited for more of a consulting role with the team.
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