Will Bill Parcells be coaching the New Orleans Saints this season?
The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach, who currently works for ESPN, has been asked to coach the Saints by Sean Payton, the Saints skipper who has been suspended for the upcoming season over the Saints bounty program, ESPN's Chris Mortensen exclusively reported.
Whether Parcells is amenable to the idea is uncertain.
As a friend of Sean's and a football guy, I'm sure he'd consider it but they're talking about a lot of things, an anonymous source told Mortensen about Parcells. In the end, I don't think it would happen. It makes sense but it's complicated.
Parcells, 70, won the Super Bowl twice with the New York Giants, in 1986 and 1990, and was a finalist for the Hall of Fame this year but was not elected in what some were calling a snub.
Parcells, also known as The Big Tuna, also coached the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys.
Payton won't be on the sidelines in 2012 after NFL Commission Roger Goodell ordered him suspended for the season as a result of the Saints bounty program investigation, which found that Saints defensive players were given bonuses if they were able to knock an offensive player out of the game.
Big Tuna to the Big Easy? The possibility of Parcells coaching in New Orleans has the Saints fan base fired up on Twitter.
Bill Parcells to possibly coach N.O. Saints for one year? Way Cool, said @riceman1969.
wow this would be something!, exclaimed @hoffnasty9.
Bill Parcells as interim coach for the Saints this coming season? Now nothing would please me more than that. Twodatmania baby, said @amazingsaintman.
Big Tuna in the Big Easy!? Who Dat on the comeback baby! tweeted @GilbertGripe.