NEW ORLEANS – Bill Parcells is unlikely to become the New Orleans Saints’ interim coach, according to multiple reports.
Parcells prefers to remain retired and not replace his protégé and friend, Sean Payton, who will serve a season-long suspension for his role in New Orleans’ bounty system, the reports said.
Saints spokesman Greg Bensel declined Tuesday to confirm Parcells has been ruled out as a possible Payton replacement. Parcells’ agent also declined comment.
If the Saints decide to select a replacement from their existing staff, the leading candidates are: assistant head coach Joe Vitt, who will serve a six-game suspension; offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr.; offensive line coach Aaron Kromer; and new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.