Report: Bill Parcells unlikely to coach New Orleans Saints during Sean Payton suspension


Sean Payton (Chris O'Meara / AP)

Payton had served as an assistant to Parcells in Dallas and had discussed an interim position with Parcells. Parcells, who will turn 71 this summer, has not coached since 2006. Mortensen reports that “there are growing indications” that linebackers coach Joe Vitt will be the interim choice. Although he was suspended six games (and his appeal was denied), Vitt would be available to oversee the offseason program.

Payton’s suspension, upheld by Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday, will begin serving his suspension April 16.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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