(NEW YORK) — During a phone interview with ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen on Wednesday, former head coach Bill Parcells said he would be a “hypocrite” for not considering the New Orleans Saints’ interim coaching position in 2012.
“If the opportunity presents itself, I’ll think it over and clearly I’m in some phase of the process without knowing whether it’s going to become a reality,” Parcells told Mortensen on Wednesday. “You know, when I was a young coach, there were people like Chuck Noll, Chuck Knox and Tom Landry who were there for me. I think to honor those guys who helped me, you turn around and pass that legacy on to somebody else and Sean’s an example of that. If he needs me and the owner and GM feel the same way, then I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t consider it.”
Current Saints head coach Sean Payton was a former assistant with Parcells when Parcells was with the Dallas Cowboys. Payton has not shied away from the possibility of Parcells returning to coach, saying he hoped Parcells can help New Orleans move forward.
Payton will start serving his one-year suspension Sunday for his role in his team’s bounty scandal. He has up until tomorrow to decide whether he will appeal the ruling.
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