Jerry: Bill Parcells' return 'would be outstanding'

March, 29, 2012
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PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The last coaching stop for Bill Parcells was in Dallas and, despite not winning any playoff games, he's given credit for turning the Cowboys franchise around after three consecutive 5-11 seasons.

Now Parcells is thinking about returning to coach the New Orleans Saints while Sean Payton serves a one-year suspension for his role in BountyGate.

Jerry Jones thinks Parcells' return would be good for everyone.

"First of all, I thought it would be outstanding for the Saints and the NFL," Jones said. "I see it all there. Now he has got the credibility to take it. If he came in and didn’t do as well as they were supposed to, he's got the credibility to live with that. And he’s got the confidence and reputation, if he comes, to say its Sean’s team and to live with that. And I do respect him as being one of the best there is in coaching."

Jones is very close to Parcells and Payton. He even talked to Payton twice during the owners meetings.

"I feel terrible for the fans of New Orleans," Jones said. "But it is what it is. The fans of New Orleans have had to take it on the chin a lot. If anybody can handle this, they can. It still doesn’t make it any easier. I feel terrible for them."

The Cowboys are scheduled to face the Saints this season at Cowboys Stadium. The NFL schedule won't be released until April.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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