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“The NFL informed the Saints after the 2009 season, according to Payton, about its awareness of a pay-for-hits bounty system and that it needed to stop. At one point of the 17-minute, 39-second interview, Payton was asked how the situation got to the point in which he ended up suspended, the Saints would lose two second-round draft choices and two of his assistants also would be suspended. "Listen, there is a number of things just specifically in the report -- some of which I can't comment on," Payton said. "But I made this statement earlier, as the head coach, anything that happens in the framework of your team and your program you are responsible for. That's a lesson I've learned. It's easy to get carried away in regards to a certain side of the ball when we're involved offensively or defensively. That's something that I regret." Payton has several options in finding a temporary replacement. He could reach into his staff and promote offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, defensive head coach Joe Vitt or defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Carmichael, according to a source, would prefer to just call plays, and Vitt is suspended for six games. If Spagnuolo is promoted, Payton might have to find a new defensive coordinator. "We feel like we've got a number of good candidates," Payton said. "The trick is then what it does to affect their roles as they currently are." Payton said he is considering all options, including Parcells. "You're asking me what are his great strengths, and I would say to you, he's a great teacher," he said. "Certainly, I'm biased having worked with him. He's a Hall of Fame head coach. I would also say that there are some things probably set up in the framework of our program that would be exactly how he would have set those things up had he been the head coach back in 2006. So I would say there would be some carryover there." Parcells on Tuesday told ESPN: "Sean has been a friend of mine for many years. He sought my counsel after the suspension and we must have talked eight or nine times. We did talk about his coaching staff. That's a natural thing to discuss in this situation. We'll talk a little more today." One league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Monday night that he would be "shocked" if Parcells took the Saints job, largely because he likely would have to wait five more years to be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he returned to coaching. When asked his reaction and emotions about the penalties, Payton didn't hold back. "You go back to a range of emotions that hit you," he said. "You're disappointed. You're disappointed in yourself that it got to this point. I think we're trained as coaches to begin preparation right away. I find myself reflecting on it. You go through a lot of emotions." Information from ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.
He's a Hall of Fame head coach. I would also say that there are some things probably set up in the framework of our program that would be exactly how he would have set those things up had he been the head coach back in 2006. So I would say there would be some carryover there.
” -- Sean Payton, on Bill Parcells