Bill Parcells was Sean Payton's boss in Dallas and has served as an unofficial advisor to his former assistant coach since Payton became head coach in New Orleans in 2006. Now will Parcells fill in for Payton while the Saints coach serves his season-long suspension in 2012?
The two have discussed the possibility of Parcells taking over as the Saints' interim head coach in Payton's absense, according to ESPN. Sources say the two men have talked several times since Payton's punishment for his role in the Saints' bounty scandal was announced last week, and part of those conversations included Payton gauging Parcells' interest in the interim coaching position.
[Updated at 2:03 p.m.: Parcells said Monday that the Saints have not contacted him about possibly coaching the team during Payton's suspension. But he said that Payton has talked to him about how to handle the season.]
ESPN is also reporting that Payton is considering an appeal of the suspension, which is scheduled to begin April 1 and last until after the Super Bowl.