The New Orleans Saints should just name an interim coach from their existing staff and allow Bill Parcells to stay retired.
The Saints won't find an ideal fit here. They simply have to make the best of an odd situation.
Is Parcells the best option for the Saints?
New Orleans has to find someone to take over the coaching duties. Sean Payton is appealing his season long suspension for his role in bounty gate according to the Washington Post, but he is not going to see it reduced. After all, the appeal is heard by the same man, Roger Goodell, that issued the suspension in the first place.
This has led to a host of rumors that Payton would ask his friend, and mentor, Parcells to take the job. And for his part, Parcells would certainly be receptive if asked.
Newsday's Bob Glauber offered up this quote from Parcells: "If this guy says to me, 'Bill, I need you to do this.' That's what friends are supposed to be for."
This would not be a good position for anyone, and definitely not for Parcells, who is notorious for wanting control.
He would be forced to learn a roster—made entirely of someone else's guys—on short notice. He would have to learn what these players are best at, what they are used to and what motivates them.
He would also have to learn the systems that are already in place. The Saints aren't going to change their system to fit a coach for one year. They have been running the 4-3 in New Orleans and Parcells has been a 3-4 guy.
All of this learning is going to take an insane amount of effort and dedication, and that is just not in Parcells anymore.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King shared this insight from Parcells when these rumors started picking up. King: "I asked Parcells if he had the bug to return to coaching. 'Do I have the bug?' he said, then paused. 'I don't think so.''"
Parcells is a coaching legend. His fingerprints are all over today's game. However, this is a tough situation for an outsider to step into, and one he is not prepared to face.