Bill Parcells versus the Cowboys

We're not sure when the Saints will play the Cowboys this season -- the NFL schedule is to be released this month -- but it's clear a new coach will take over for New Orleans now that Sean Payton's appeal of his season-long suspension was turned down.

Bill Parcells is one man who could take over for Payton in 2012.

The last time Parcells coached against the Cowboys was Dec. 19, 1999, when he ran the New York Jets. Joe Hall's 37-yard field goal beat the Cowboys 22-21 at Texas Stadium. Parcells' defense picked off two Troy Aikman passes that day.

Parcells went 9-7 against the Cowboys when he coached the New York Giants, including a six-game win streak on the back end of his tenure.

In New England, Parcells coached against Dallas once, losing in 1996.

Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he still respects Parcells and considers him a friend. It will be an interesting game if Parcells replaces Payton in 2012.

Several players Parcells drafted or signed are still with the Cowboys, including Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware, Marcus Spears, Miles Austin, Jay Ratliff and Jason Witten.