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Report: Sean Payton talks to Bill Parcells about coaching Saints

Sean Payton won’t be coaching the New Orleans Saints next season. Who will? (Jim Hudelson / AP)

The New Orleans Saints are going to need a head coach for a year when Sean Payton starts serving his Bountygate suspension and, according to an ESPN report, Payton has reached out to Bill Parcells about taking the gig.

Payton was an assistant to Parcells with the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-05 and, according to Chris Mortensen, “broached the idea” with Parcells, who will turn 71 in August and has not coached since 2006. Payton’s suspension begins April 1 and ends after the Super Bowl.

Mortensen also reports that Payton may appeal the sentence Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down March 21 because of the bounty system former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams ran. In addition, it is not known whether Payton has discussed this with owner Tom Benson or General Manager Mickey Loomis, who has been suspended for half the season.

Payton was unavailable for comment to ESPN and Parcells, who works for the network as an analyst, did not return calls.

“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,” a source told Mortensen. “In the end, I don't think it would happen. It makes sense, but it's complicated.”

If he accepts the interim job, Parcells, who was a finalist in voting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, would have to wait another five years after he finished coaching to be eligible again.

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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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