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Payton Tapping Parcells as Interim Replacement?

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Payton Taps Parcells as Replacement?

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DAVIE, FL - JUNE 06: Executive Vice President of Football Operations Bill Parcells watches practice on during Miami Dolphins Mini Camp on June 6, 2008 at the Dolphins practice facility in Davie, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

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Former Dallas Cowboys head coach, and two-time Super Bowl champion, Bill Parcells was an integral piece of the launch of Sean Payton's career as an NFL coach.

Payton was Parcells' offensive coordinator in Dallas before he was hired as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints where he's since become one of the brightest young coaches in football and a genius offensive mind.

Now, Payton must lie low for a year after the whole "Bountygate" thing and the subsequent one-year suspension handed down by the NFL, and Payton has a good idea in mind to take the reins of the Saints for a year.

Reports all over the place are suggesting that Payton has inquired with his former boss and mentor to come out of retirement and be the interim coach for the Saints while Payton serves his suspension.

Normally, it would seem that opportunity wouldn't be all that inviting for Parcells, who of course is denying any contact with Payton or the Saints, like only Parcells could do. After all, Parcells is eligible for the Hall of Fame next winter, and a return would likely mean another five-year wait. It also doesn't seem to be in Parcells' nature to babysit a team for one year knowing he'll have to give it back after a season.

But this might be a special circumstance. The Saints are one of the best teams in the NFL and the Super Bowl is slated for the Louisiana Superdome in February in what could make a perfect storybook ending for Parcells' coaching career as he's been chasing that third world title only to come up short previously.

Whether Parcells is actually interested in the gig or not, we'll find out soon. The two parties are scheduled to visit today even though the subject matter of the talk is up for debate.

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Related Topics Bill Parcells, Sean Payton
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