Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/26/12

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after his team defeated the Indianapolis Colts during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Sports Network) - Soon-to-be suspended Saints head coach Sean Payton could reportedly meet with Bill Parcells about the possibility of the two-time Super Bowl winner taking over in New Orleans on an interim basis.

Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season for his role in the Saints' bounty scandal. The club has yet to name an interim head coach and the reason might be Parcells.

Both the NFL Network and ESPN have reported that Parcells could potentially return to the sideline in Payton's absence. Parcells worked as a television analyst this year after leaving his position as the head of football operations with the Miami Dolphins.

Payton was a key member of Parcells' staff with the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-05 before becoming head coach of the Saints in 2006.

According to the reports, the two could talk this week at the owners' meetings in Florida.

Payton's suspension is set to begin April 1. He could still appeal the penalty.

Other possible candidates for the interim head coaching position reportedly include Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who was fired in January after three years as head coach of the St. Louis Rams.

Parcells last roamed an NFL sideline in 2006 with the Cowboys. He spent four seasons in Dallas after coaching three years with the New York Jets and four with New England. His greatest success came during eight seasons with the New York Giants, leading the franchise to Super Bowl titles after the 1986 and 1990 seasons.



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