Bill Parcells Reportedly Wants to Coach the Saints

Bill Parcells has 172 career wins as a head coach.
Bill Parcells has 172 career wins as a head coach. Reuters

With Sean Payton suspended for a year, the Saints need a head coach for the 2012 Season.

Payton made headlines on Monday when it was reported that the he had approached Bill Parcells about coaching New Orleans next season.

According to Peter King, if the Saints really want Parcells, they'll get him.

The writer from Sports Illustrated told Michael Kay on ESPN Radio in New York, that if Saints owner Tom Benson offers Parcells enough money, he will return to football to coach the Saints.

Parcells is one of the most successful coaches in NFL history.

He led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles during his tenure as the team's head coach from 1983-1990. He also led the Patriots to a Super Bowl in 1996.

The coach has taken four different teams to the postseason in his career. Parcells hasn't coached since leaving the Cowboys after the 2006 Season, but was the Dolphins Executive Vice President of Football Operations from 2008-2010.

Parcells is close to Sean Payton, and says he might take the job as a favor to Payton.

If this guy says to me, 'Bill, I need you to do this,' Parcells told Newsday. That's what friends are supposed to be for.

If he decides to take the Saints job, it won't happen soon.

I don't know what the end result will be and whether or what in fact (the Saints) want to do, Parcells told USA Today. None of this has been discussed or decided. We're a long way off.

Two months ago, Parcells surprisingly was not voted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. The coach will turn 71 before the regular season starts.

Sean Payton won't be able to return to the Saints until 2013. He may choose to appeal the ruling, though it's unlikely to be reduced.

The suspension officially begins on April 1.

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