Citing sources with the Saints, ESPN’s Chris Mortenson reported today that Parcells has told Payton he prefers to remain retired. Parcells, a two-time Super Bowl winner and Hall of Fame finalist who turns 71 in August, has not coached since 2006. But when the NFL announced its one-year suspension of Payton after finding the Saints had maintained a bounty system from 2009-11, he and Parcells discussed the possibility of the former Giants, Jets, Patriots and Cowboys coach serving as the Saints’ interim coach in 2012. Clipped from: www.al.com (share this clip)
This isn’t the end of the world for the Saints. Mortensen reports there are growing indications assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt will take over as the interim head coach. But there’s one problem with that. In a perfect world, the Saints automatically would have made Vitt the head coach because he’s been Payton’s right-hand man since 2006. But the Saints are living in a far-from-perfect world these days as they deal with the NFL discipline for their bounty program. Vitt also is tied up in this mess.
During his nine-year playing career, Kyle Turley epitomized what it meant to be an NFL badass. But now, nearly five years since his last game, Turley has an entirely different perspective on the game. Turley already felt strongly about protecting players prior to retiring in 2007. His stance has only strengthened over the years, especially as he experiences neurological issues believed to stem from concussions sustained during his playing days.
So the New Orleans Saints‘ decision to appeal the NFL penaltiesfor their involvement and administration of a bounty program wasn’t fruitless after all. In fact, it bore a couple of potentially important fruits. The key word there is “potentially.” The Saints need to keep their house in order and follow the league’s directives. If so, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has dangled a couple of carrots for them as post-suspension rew.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released safety Tanard Jackson after a failed physical, the team announced Tuesday. Just three months removed from shoulder surgery, Jackson’s timeline would not have permitted him to be ready to pass a physical at this time, his agent, Peter Schaffer, told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora. Schaffer said Jackson will be 100 percent recovered this offseason and anticipates several teams being interested in the young safety, who has been an impact player when healthy.
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