Multiple outlets are reporting that Bill Parcells will not serve as the interim head coach of the New Orleans Saints in 2012. Whether an offer was made and Parcells turned it down or the Saints decided to go in a different direction is unclear. Either way, New Orleans now has less a week to name an interim head coach for the 2012 season.
Personally, I wanted Bill Parcells to serve as the Saints head coach this season. I have heard a lot of NFL experts claim this is a blessing for New Orleans because Parcells' commitment with the Miami Dolphins was questionable at best. But I wanted Bill Parcells as head coach simply to aggravate all the Saints haters out there.
The hot rumor circulating today is that Joe Vitt is likely to serve as interim head coach in New Orleans this year. In 2005, Vitt served as head coach of the St. Louis Rams while Mike Martz missed time with health problems. With Joe Vitt as head coach the Rams were an unimpressive 4-7.
I am not in favor of Joe Vitt for several reasons.
First, Joe Vitt is suspended for six games in 2012. This means that New Orleans will need an interim head coach for the interim head coach for 38 percent of the season! It's bad enough the Saints will lack continuity without Sean Payton as head coach. But then they will need another head coach to replace Joe Vitt for six games.
Also, New Orleans should be distancing itself from the bounty scandal as much as possible. To replace Sean Payton with someone who was also implicated in the Saints bounty scandal doesn't make sense to me.
While it's still possible that a surprise, big name interim head coach from outside the organization could still be named, it's looking more and more like the New Orleans Saints 2012 interim head coach will come from in-house.
Since he helped put together the NFL's best offense, most Saints fans would like to see Pete Carmichael be the New Orleans interim head coach in 2012. However, I don't know if Carmichael is tough enough to lead an NFL team.
The man I'd like to see become the interim head coach at this point is Steve Spagnuolo. Since he's coming from the St. Louis Rams, he is not tainted by the Saints bounty scandal. New Orleans could also use a head coach with a defensive mindset. And of course, he has head coaching experience.
Let's hope the New Orleans Saints make the right choice because they certainly have the talent to contend for the Super Bowl.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of the New Orleans Saints. Patrick's favorite Saints season was 2009 when New Orleans won Super Bowl 44.
Brett Martel, "Reports: Parcells unlikely Saints' next coach," yahoo.com
"Joe Vitt," pro-football-reference.com
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