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New Orleans Saints Payton and Loomis fishing today for "The Big Tuna"

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March 11, 2011; Jupiter, FL, USA; NFL former coach Bill Parcells talks with Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland (10) before the game between the Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals during spring training at Roger Dean Stadium. The Tigers defeated the Cardinals 7-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis will try to land “The Big Tuna”, Bill Parcells, in an attempt to make him the interim head coach for the team.

What started as a joke has become a reality for the Saints and the fans.  People chuckled at the thought but it appears that Payton is serious about trying to persuade Parcells into taking over for him while he serves his year-long suspension.

Parcells had previously stated that he didn’t have a desire to return to coaching but had talked to Payton about the idea.  How interested Parcells will be after the meeting is yet to be determined.

Many are citing the fact that Parcells may not take the job because it would push a Hall of Fame induction further back for him since you must wait fiver years after retiring as a player or coach to even be considered.

Schefter also added that the Saints would have to abide by the NFL “Rooney Rule” in the hiring process of an outside person.  The rule would require the Saints to also interview at least one minority candidate for the interim head coach position.

While Payton had considered asst. head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt in the beginning, he too will serve a suspension, but  for four games.

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