While Sean Payton is appealing the year-long suspension that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell laid down as part of Bountygate, it seems unlikely that the appeals court — namely, Roger Goodell — will find any reason to significantly shorten or remove his suspension from the books. Sorry, Jimmy Buffett. That uncertain future has led Payton to line up one Bill Parcells as a possible short-term replacement as Saints head coach for the 2012 season, and it's a move that Parcells is apparently considering. On paper, it's an easy case: Head coach with a sublime track record of success comes in to coach his protégé's team for one season in the hopes of winning a third Super Bowl before quitting for good (again). When Parcells has taken over as the new head coach or football czar of an organization he wasn't previously involved with, he's improved that team's win-loss record by an average of 6.5 wins during his first season. So let's pencil in the Saints to go 19 and negative 3 next year, right?
In the excitement of replacing Payton with a coach of Parcells's pedigree, though, one question appears to have been just about ignored: Is Bill Parcells really a good fit for these specific New Orleans Saints? The evidence suggests that he isn't really the right answer for the Payton problem in New Orleans.