FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 05: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints speaks to members of the media during the NFC Head Coach Press Conference held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center as part of media week for Super Bowl XLIV on February 5, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Sean Payton went to Bill Parcells for advice about what he should he do about his current situation. His suspension has him against time. As of April 1st, he won’t be coaching for awhile.
Contingency plans are part of football and they are commonplace; things change quickly. Someone has to be the New Orleans Saints Head Coach for 2012 and Payton is trying to find him. His obvious choice is to have his mentor Parcells take over the team that he helped to shape years before Payton even arrived in New Orleans.
Parcells would be the balm that would help heal the team and get them on track. The master of rebuilding only would need to do a little finishing work and run the machine.
Parcells knows this scenario well; he almost missed a year coaching when trying to leave the New England Patriots in 1997 while he was still under contract. The New York Jets went ahead and offered Parcells the head coaching job. However, being still under contract, the Patriots were not going to allow Parcells to just walk away.
In a stalemate, Parcells came up with the idea that Bill Belichick, his loyal assistant would run the team for a year until his contract was up and return the following year.
Before that would happen, Parcells, who was adamant in not giving the Patriots compensation, finally uttered the famous quote “Go ahead and give them the picks, they’ll only screw them up always".
So Parcells went to the Jets and the Patriots received 3rd &4Th round picks in 1997, a 2nd round in 98, and a 1st round 1999, in which, yes, they did screw up.
Parcells does understand the circumstances, and who really would be a better fit than the man who is known for fixing ships fast?