Goddell says he's OK if Parcells were to coach Saints
While NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is deciding on punishment for players and listening to appeals in the Saints' bounty case, he says he won't stand in the way if New Orleans asks Bill Parcells to take over as interim coach. "That's their decision. They need to make those decisions and we'll move forward," Goodell said today at the opening of an NFL pop-up store featuring new team apparel. "Bill's a great coach, and I'm sure will add a lot of personality and intrigue. And he's as competitive as they get, so I'm sure he'll do a good job." Before the Saints pick someone to run the team this year, Goodell still has to rule on coach Sean Payton's appeal of his season-long suspension, along with the appeals of shorter suspensions given to assistant coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis and penalties handed down to the team. Goodell reportedly expects to hear the appeals this week and hopes to making a ruling shortly thereafter. Meanwhile, league officials were meeting with NFL Players' Association representatives Monday about penalties involving players who took part in the bounty program. Parcells has said he would consider coaching the Saints if asked. Payton and Loomis played golf with the former NFL coach last week to talk to him about the team's predicament. Parcells, who turns 71 in August, led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles, and also coached the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys.
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