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08:02 AM ET 04.02 | There may be competing agendas in New Orleans, where the mere idea of Bill Parcells swooping in for Sean Payton has reportedly ruffled the feathers of current Saints who might be considered for the interim job, but Payton may have other ideas. The prevailing theory in league circles continues to be that Payton wants an outsider like Parcells because Parcells wouldn't want to stay beyond 2012, and Payton already has publicly declared that he'll be back in 2013. If an in-house interim head coach enjoys a high level of success in 2012, owner Tom Benson may decide to make a change. If the Saints win the Super Bowl at the Superdome, Benson may have no other choice but to promote the interim coach into Payton's job.

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April 2, 2012  08:14 AM ET

This story appeared first in these threads over the weekend, put forward by senior analyst 50. You can look it up.

April 2, 2012  08:17 AM ET

Vitt or Spags? Payton doesn't have too much to worry about.

April 2, 2012  08:23 AM ET
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Vitt or Spags? Payton doesn't have too much to worry about.

Not in the least given those options.

April 2, 2012  08:35 AM ET

No way the Saints go to the Super Bowl this year. T'ain't happening.

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April 2, 2012  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

No way the Saints go to the Super Bowl this year. T'ain't happening.

No so fast. They are solid and will be contenders.

April 2, 2012  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

No so fast. They are solid and will be contenders.

They're losing their head coach for at least one season. Their defensive coordinator is gone, replaced by a new guy. Spags is a good coordinator, but I think it takes time to get people up to speed. Additionally, some of those defensive players will be sitting some time out. Too many distractions this year. I would be surprised if they make it to the playoffs.

April 2, 2012  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

No so fast. They are solid and will be contenders.

Have they announced the suspensions for defensive players yet? They could very well be starting 2nd-stringers for all or part of the year, depending on how that goes.

April 2, 2012  08:50 AM ET

If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

April 2, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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No way the Saints go to the Super Bowl this year. T'ain't happening.

Neither are the Colts.

April 2, 2012  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Neither are the Colts.

I think that goes without saying, bub.

April 2, 2012  08:59 AM ET

Familiarity breeds contempt...
Would be interesting to be a fly on the wall.

April 2, 2012  09:06 AM ET

There has to be a reason he doesn't trust his assistants... This makes sense.

April 2, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Bingo... there has to be a reason why he would want to bring some outsider to replace him.

April 2, 2012  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This story appeared first in these threads over the weekend, put forward by senior analyst 50. You can look it up.

It is how humans react. No matter what they may say. And the only way you can have an ego like an NFL coach must have, it comes with insecurities. You cannot separate the two.

Fassell was always tearing down Fox, and for the same reason.

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April 2, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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Neither are the Colts.

<states the OBVIOUS>

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April 2, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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if this was 5-yrs. ago.......i'd of been worried about the ''tuna'' !

5 years? If this was 15 years ago I'd be worried about Parcells...

 
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