The Saints are going to be without the services of Sean Payton, who has been suspended by the NFL for one season for his role in BountyGate. If you remember, Payton was on Parcells' staff as an offensive coordinator/QB coach/passing game coordinator blah blah blah. Payton worked with Parcells from 2003 to '05 before he accepted the Saints' gig.
According to this story, the scenario sounds like a long shot.
Parcells is 71, and said after he left the Cowboys following the 2006 season that he was done coaching. Of course, he said that after he left the Jets. He took a VP of football operations job with the Dolphins in 2007. He left that team in 2010 and has since returned to working for ESPN as an NFL analyst.
As many obstacles that exist for Parcells to return to coaching for just one season, primarily being it's a bad idea, I could easily see him contemplating this. Even though it may not be good for his health, and as much as he fights himself and his own temparment, the NFL is a part of him that he simply can't quit.
The irony is that for a brief period the relationship between Parcells and Payton was decidedly not good. The fissure? Former Dallas Cowboys safety Keith Davis.
Not long after Payton accepted the Saints job in 2006 the team made a play for Davis, who at the time was a reserve nickel defender but primarily was a special teams beast. Parcells was irked that his former assistant made a play on Davis without contacting him first. The Cowboys had to match the offer made by the Saints to keep Davis.
Parcells pulled a classic passive-aggressive sorority house stunt and simply would not talk to Payton. As are a lot of men who have worked for either Parcells, or his close friend Bobby Knight, they don't much care to get shut out. So they have to beg.
Later in 2006, Payton called Parcells to apologize. As Parcells noted in the press conference that season, "He was a man about it."
Basically, Parcells didn't want to get into a bidding war when one wasn't necessary.
Now the relationship is obviously pleasant.
Regardless, Parcells doesn't need to be walking into this situation. The Saints need to give this head coaching gig to a coordinator and let Payton use one of those untraceable phones from The Wire and text in plays during a game.
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