Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Tuesday told ESPN that the Saints hiring Bill Parcells to coach for a season while Sean Payton is serving his suspension for his role in the bounty scandal would be a "very creative solution."
"It could be a very wise move, but I don't like to think for other people," Kraft told ESPN's Rachel Nichols at the NFL owners meetings in Palm Beach, Fla. (video above). "I know it would be fun for the NFL and for everyone involved. I think he would bring great confidence, authority, knowledge. And he's a winner."
Parcells, sources have told ESPN's Chris Mortensen, has discussed possibly coaching the Saints for the coming season.
Parcells coached the Patriots from 1993 to '96, leading them to one Super Bowl appearance. Parcells left on less-than-amicable terms after the 1996 season.
"I'm a big Bill Parcells fan today," Kraft said Tuesday. "He and I have established a great rapport. We were both on a learning curve 19 years ago when he started with me. We've established a great friendship since."