Report: Saints still on Parcells trail

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Here’s the latest on the saga of the New Orleans Saints.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that New Orleans coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis are scheduled to meet with retired coach Bill Parcells on Tuesday in Florida about Parcells taking over for Payton while he serves a one-year suspension that is scheduled to begin April 1. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first reported Monday that Payton had broached the subject with Parcells.

The Saints have said Payton will meet with the media Tuesday morning. I’m about to run over to where he’s supposed to be in just a few minutes. I’ll be back with whatever Payton has to say.

But the more I think about this Parcells thing, the more I believe it makes sense for the Saints. They can keep offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in their current places and let Parcells oversee everything. Payton worked as an assistant to Parcells in Dallas. Payton has said many times that he views Parcells as a mentor and a father figure.

Parcells might present a better option for the full season instead of elevating one of the current assistant coaches.

The best summary of the Parcells situation I can think of is that it’s kind of like Payton just found out he’s got to go on a long business trip. Instead of turning his children over to a teenage babysitter who can do a nice job in short-term situations, he’s thinking more of the long haul and asking someone he thinks of as a father to come in and take care of the kids for a year.

Again, I’ll be back as soon as possible with whatever Payton has to say, so stay tuned.