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Monday, April 9, 2012
Parcells: No talks with Saints in six days

By Pat Yasinskas

Soon after the news initially broke that New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton would be suspended for the 2012 season, there was a lot of speculation that his mentor, Bill Parcells, would step in to coach the Saints.

Well, Payton’s appeal of his suspension has been heard and nothing has changed. He’s scheduled to start his suspension April 16. But it doesn’t sound like anything is imminent with Parcells.

"I have not spoken to anyone from the Saints in over six days. Know absolutely nothing," Parcells said in a text message to the New York Daily News.

Parcells was asked by the newspaper if he wants to coach the Saints and if the team wants him to be its coach.

"(I) do not know answer to either question,’’ Parcells said in another text.

I wouldn’t go reading too much into this either way. This is a very fluid situation and the Saints might have been waiting to see how their appeals went before moving forward.

You also have to factor in that you’re talking about Parcells. This is a guy that’s been known to change his mind. He twice agreed to become the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and twice backed out of the agreement.

Stay tuned.