Bill Parcells to Coach the New Orleans Saints?

on March 26 2012 2:52 PM
Bill Parcells is 70 years old and has not coached for six years, but he could be the next head coach of the New Orleans Saints.
Bill Parcells is 70 years old and has not coached for six years, but he could be the next head coach of the New Orleans Saints. REUTERS

Bill Parcells could be returning to an NFL sideline this fall according to reports out of New Orleans.

Sean Peyton, a disciple of Bill Parcells and his assistant coach in Dallas from 2003-2005, has reportedly asked the Big Tuna to fill in on the Saints sideline during Peyton's yearlong suspension after the bounty-for-injuries scandal.

Parcells, who is 172-130 lifetime as a head coach, with two Super Bowl titles, has not coached since he retired from the Dallas Cowboys after a 9-7 season in 2006, the third retirement of his career.

Parcells has been out of football since 2010 when he retired as the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins.

One of the major obstacles to Parcells taking the position could be the Hall-of-Fame. The 70-year-old is eligible for induction this coming offseason, however, if he were to take another coaching job that clock would be reset five years, according to the Hall's by-laws.

According to ESPN, Peyton reached out to Parcells after he was unable to reach an agreement with his current staff about who should take the interim role. Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. wants to stay in his current position and defensive coordinator Tony Spagnola is brand new to the team after he flamed out as head coach of the Miami Dolphins last season.

No decisions have been made yet, but Parcells would bring a great deal of continuity and experience to a team that was poised to be a Super Bowl contender again this season until the extreme punishment from the NFL robbed them of most of their leadership.

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