5 Reasons Why Bill Parcells Should Take the Saints Job
5 Reasons Why Bill Parcells Will Regret Not Taking the Saints Head Coaching Job
The news broke yesterday that future Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells would not accept the interim coach position of the New Orleans Saints. Now it appears that his former protégé, Sean Payton (suspended for the season), will likely offer the interim position to linebackers coach Joe Vitt (who’s suspended for the first 6 games). However, while Parcells claims that his interest was only to help out his younger friend Payton, here are 5 reasons why Parcels will regret not taking the Saints job.
1. The Saints are already a Super Bowl Contender:
Over the past three seasons the Saints have gone 37-11 and won the 2010 Super Bowl against the Colts. However, the past two seasons they have lost in their opening game of their playoffs. With the regular turnover of the NFL, the Saints have consistently stayed among the elite and have the chance of making another super bowl push next season, regardless of who their coach is.
2. The Offensive:
The Saints Offense is led by 4-star general Drew Brees, who despite his diminutive size broke the league’s season passing yard record and it’s accuracy record. While the offense lost Carl Nicks in the offseason, they signed underrated Ben Grubbs formerly of the Baltimore Ravens to ensure a sturdy line. They also resigned Marques Colston. Last season, they also discovered pint-sized Darren Sproles and what a huge playmaker he could be in their offense. Once again, the Saints will have one of the most consistent offenses in the league.
3. Finally having an Elite QB:
A quick review of the QBs Parcells has coached: Phil Simms, Drew Bledsoe, Vinny Testaverde, Quincy Carter, Testaverde (again), Bledsoe (washed up), and a young Tony Romo. While some may believe that Simms was an outstanding player, career wise his stats reflect nothing special (199-157 TD/INT, 55.4%, 78.5 QB Rating). The New England Bledsoe would be the closest match to Brees, as he played in 2 pro bowls under Parcells and led the underdog Pats to the 1996 Super Bowl. Brees would give Parcells a different and interesting contrast from what he’s used to, he would be able to hand his QB the metaphorical keys to his offense and concentrate on improving the defense.
4. Having a lot to work with on Defense:
While statistically the Saints had a below-average defense (12th against the run, 30th against the pass), there’s a lot for the Tuna to work with. Their defensive line underachieved last season, and I expect more from DE Cameron Jordan in his sophomore campaign. They’ve upgraded their linebacker core with the additions of Curtis Lofton and David Hawthorne. Their secondary is fairly young with guys like Patrick Robinson, Malcolm Jenkins, Roman Harper and Jabari Greer, and could improve with more additions with later draft picks. While Parcells usually runs 3/4 defense, and while the current roster is suited for the 4/3, he would also have former Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo to help run the unite. This would be the area of the team that Parcells would dramatically improve.
5. Chasing the Elusive 3rd Ring:
Chuck Knoll. Bill Walsh. Joe Gibbs. Bill Belichick.
Those four are the only head coaches in history to have at least three Super Bowl victories. While the Hall of Fame at this point is all but guaranteed to the Big Tuna, Parcells could go down as one of the top 5 coaches of all time if he were to add an additional ring to his jewelry box. Coming in as an intern Head Coach, if he were to win, he would be able to ride out into the sunset and people would forget about his poor draft and free agent choices as the Football Czar in Miami. The third ring would separate him from others and distinguish him as one of the greats, while also taking the sting off of the Bounty Scandal for his protégé Payton.