How Bill Parcells Could Still Wind Up Coaching the Saints

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IApril 11, 2012

DAVIE, FL - MAY 02:  Executive Vice President of Football Operations Bill Parcells (L) walks past a player at practice on during Miami Dolphins Rookie Mini Camp on May 2, 2008 at the Dolphins practice facility in Davie, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Bill Parcells probably won't become the next head coach of the New Orleans Saints, but history proves that we shouldn't totally rule out the possibility.

Contrary to the initial reports, the Big Tuna is apparently not interesting in coaching the team and prefers to stay retired, according to this New Orleans Times-Picayune article.  

But Parcells has had an interesting habit of going back on such important career decisions. 

He was retired in 2003 when Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones lured him back onto the sidelines. He was given plenty of resources to turn his football genius into an on-field winner, but ultimately failed in Dallas. 

Following a devastating playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the winter of 2007, Parcells began to question if it was time to retire for good. 

There was instant speculation that he'd join the New York Giants as the team's general manager, but he vehemently denied the rumors saying: 

There is absolutely nothing to it. Absolutely nothing. There has been no contact, either directly or through an intermediary. Whoever said it is a liar.

In June of 2007, Parcells announced his third retirement.

This Yahoo! report quoted his comments from a press release: "I leave the game and the NFL with nothing but good feelings and gratitude."

Parcells still wasn't done. 

In December of that same year, he took over as the executive vice president of football operations with the Miami Dolphins and spent the next three years constructing the rebuilding franchise. 

He's been out of football since 2010, when he stepped down from his front office position with Miami. 

So, as I've clearly depicted, Parcells loves coming out of retirement and returning to a prominent in the NFL. While the Saints have had quite a troubling offseason, the core is set, especially if Drew Brees' contract is extended. 

It's surely an enticing situation, so don't count out Parcells just yet.