Report: Bill Parcells will not coach Saints on interim basis

If Bill Parcells was the first choice of the New Orleans Saints to fill-in for Sean Payton, they will have to move to Plan B.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Parcells “is certain to remain retired” and he will not coach the Saints on an interim basis.

The Saints need to find someone to fill the role because on Monday NFL commissioner Roger Goodell affirmed the season-long suspension given to Payton for his role in the club’s bounty program. For more than two weeks there has been speculation Parcells, who is a close friend of Payton’s, would take the job.

Now, New Orleans will have to go in a different direction. The club could consider internal candidates like defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael or linebackers/assistant head coach Joe Vitt. One problem with Vitt is he is suspended himself for the first six games of the season.

Because Parcells remains retired, he will be eligible again in 2013 for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a candidate this year for the first time, and had he gotten back into the coaching business he would have been forced to wait another five years before consideration.

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