Parcells tells Saints he won't unretire to coach team in 2012

  • By Jason La Canfora
  • NFL Network Insider
  • Published: April 10, 2012 at 10:25 a.m.
  • Updated: April 10, 2012 at 11:15 a.m.

Bill Parcells has informed the New Orleans Saints the he will not replace suspended coach Sean Payton and is staying retired, according to a league source.

The Saints will now look to hire from within the organization. By promoting an assistant on the team, the Saints will not have to interview a minority candidate in accordance with the league's Rooney Rule.
Assistant head coach Joe Vitt, who has been suspended for the first six games of the upcoming season, and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo are among the internal candidates who could fill in for Payton.
On Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Payton's suspension for the 2012 season along with an eight-game suspension for general manager Mickey Loomis, and Vitt's six-game suspension.
Payton and Parcells spoke in March about a possible role with the Saints for the retired coach. Parcells said he felt "an obligation" to assist Payton, but he remained coy about if he'd fill in for his longtime friend.
Payton's season-long suspension without pay will begin April 16. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told NFL Network's Albert Breer that Payton "cannot be involved in any coaching activities, he can't be at the facility, or with the team at games."