PALM BEACH, Fla. — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton mentioned Tuesday that he will speak to Bill Parcells in the next few days about possibly filling in for him as head coach although he serves a one-year suspension and that he is taking into consideration appealing the severe discipline for his function in the bounty scandal that has embroiled the franchise.
In a nearly 18-minute question-and-answer session with the media in the hotel lobby where the NFL Annual Meeting is being held, Payton spoke in conciliatory terms and took accountability for his actions and for others in the organization.
Payton mentioned a meeting with Parcells, his mentor, is one of the several options that he is going by way of on a checklist of measures that require to be resolved before his suspension kicks in April 1.
“No. 1, I kind of speak with him fairly frequently,” Payton mentioned. “I’ll have a chance to pay a visit to with him when I get down right here. … My conversations with Bill to date have just been about the uniqueness of the circumstance.
” … He’s a excellent teacher, undoubtedly I’m biased having worked with him,” Payton added. “He’s a Hall of Fame head coach. I would say there are almost certainly some items set up in the framework of our plan that would be exactly how he would have set things up had he been the head coach here in , so there is some carryover that way.”
Payton said he will decide in the next “two or three” days whether or not or not he will appeal the suspension. He has till April two. Although he said he nonetheless is working by means of his plans, it sounded like he would file an appeal, if for no other reason than to buy time to continue tying up loose ends. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell mentioned Monday he most likely would enable Payton to continue operating during an appeal. Goodell mentioned he would expedite his ruling, however, the possibility of having a lot more time could permit him to help that staff prepare for the April 26-28 draft.
Payton added that he, common manager Mickey Loomis — who is facing an eight-game suspension — and team owner Tom Benson are continuing to weigh a number of scenarios.
“We’ve gone through just an early, among Mickey, myself, Mr. Benson, just an early synopsis of what our choices would be,” Payton said. “We’ll continue to do that when we get back to Metairie. Even this morning some, we’re going to have some breakfast and talk about that matter. Thankfully, we really feel like we’ve got a number of great candidates. The trick then is what it does to influence their roles that they at the moment have.”
1 role Payton said he is specific about: He’s percent” confident he will coach the Saints in 2013.
Payton also said that he answered questions honestly when he met with Goodell in New York twice. Right after administering discipline final Wednesday, Goodell cited repeated deception by the Saints for the duration of a lengthy investigation into suspected bounties dating back to 2010. Payton said he didn’t believe he was singled out for lying in the reports.
“I feel the commissioner has done a wonderful job communicating with us throughout this process,” Payton mentioned. “I believe that being in a leadership role myself as a head coach, I definitely comprehend the position. I think he’s made it clear and for good cause. … the idea of some thing with this magnitude is an crucial concern that he wanted to address.”
No one particular was singled out for lying in the summaries that have been made public.
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