Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/6/12

DAVIE, FL - MAY 02: Executive Vice President of Football Operations Bill Parcells (L) walks past a player at practice on during Miami Dolphins Rookie Mini Camp on May 2, 2008 at the Dolphins practice facility in Davie, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
When the 2012 NFL season kicks off later this year, one thing is almost for certain- Sean Payton will not be joining the New Orleans Saints.

Despite some public outcry for Payton to be fired, he has been slapped with a worthy suspension of one year meaning he will likely rejoin the team for the 2013 season when most of the controversy blows over. But for now, the Saints must deal with the pressures of adding a stopgap in the hole that Sean Payton leaves at the head coaching position.

This just adds to the list of the disastrous offseason the Saints are currently in the middle of. Earlier in the offseason, the Saints and Drew Brees were unable to work out a contract extension only to later slap Brees with the franchise tag. Brees, who became the new single-season record holder for passing yards, supplanting Dan Marino, was certainly disrespected saying he planned to refuse the tag and challenge the Saints for a long-term contract before the start of training camp.

To make things worse, the Gregg Williams “BountyGate” situation starts to unfold around the same time.

After putting all this together what are the Saints left to do at this point? Bring in Bill Parcells.

Parcells, 70, has been out of the coaching game for some time, retiring after the 2006 season with the Dallas Cowboys. The Saints desperately need him, and would seemingly fit right in with the same system that Payton runs since Payton was once a Parcells prodigy. The Saints need his help for a number of reasons. The Saints are still big contenders in the NFL, and still are capable of going deep into the playoffs. Parcells would be a good fit to come in only for one year and attempt to win another Super Bowl not only for himself, but for the team. The only problem is that Parcells has pretty much done everything at this point in his career.  Like most people his age, he should be laying on a beach somewhere in Florida. The only incentive for him to come back is maybe one last Super Bowl hurrah and to help out his old friend Sean Payton.

The morale of the team is certainly in shambles at this point, and the best way to keep the team together mentally would be to bring in a veteran head coach such as Parcells. He may also become influential to Drew Brees’ contract situation. Drew Brees definitely wants to stay in New Orleans for the rest of his career, but he is not stupid. There is nothing to say that he won’t simply walk away, he knows what he’s worth. But to leave at this point in his career and to leave a town and team that he certainly loves is also debatable.

Whatever “The Tuna” decides, one thing is for certain: he will not join the Minnesota Vikings. He needs to find the fountain of youth to have enough time to properly rebuild that team.

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