Bill Parcells to the New Orleans Saints not a lock just yet

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Bill Parcells, Sean Payton (Source: espn.go.com)

2006.

That’s the last time Bill Parcells coached an NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys, where Sean Payton was an assistant head coach during Parcells tenure as head coach.

Ambush.

Perhaps one of the greatest plays to occur in Superbowl history — a daring onside kick called by Payton to open the second half of Superbowl XLIV against the Colts — thought to be cooked up Payton after discussing the game with Parcells.

Bounty gate.

Currently a swirling saga surrounding the Saints and their use of a pay-for-performance system under the direction of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams from 2009 through the 2011 season.

Under the system Saints players were rewarded for big hits that resulted in “cart-offs” and “knockouts”. There was also proof that Williams placed bounties on opposing quarterbacks, including Kurt Warner, Brett Favre, and Cam Newton.

Suspensions.

Saints head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season, his penalty for failing to stop the bounty program once he became aware it was happening.

Also suspended where general manger Mickey Loomis (8 games) and assistant head coach Joe Vitt (6 games).

As for Gregg Williams, he has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL. Maybe one day he will get back into the league.

Payton’s suspensions is effective this Sunday, April 1st, and the Saints are still clamoring to get everything in line before for his absence. That includes naming a new interim head coach.

Enter Parcells once more.

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