Bill Parcells “is unlikely” to replace his close friend and former protege Sean Payton as coach of the New Orleans Saints during Payton’s year-long suspension, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
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.