New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton appealed his season-long suspension this week and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell denied the appeal, which means the Saints now need an interim coach. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, that interim coach will not be Bill Parcells.
Shortly after the Saints punishment was announced, reports surfaced that Payton had talked to Parcells about taking the job. Judging by what each side said, it seemed like Parcells coaching the Saints for one season was a legitimate possibility, but that apparently won't be happening anymore.
Perhaps one of the reasons Parcells opted not to take the job is that his five-year clock to be admitted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame would have been reset, meaning he'd have to wait another five years to be eligible again. Parcells was a finalist for the Hall of Fame earlier this year but did not get in. It's previously been reported that resetting the clock on his Hall of Fame bid would be a big factor in whether or not he coaches the Saints.
Peter King of SI.com reports that, with Parcells unlikely to be the interim coach, it's looking more and more likely that the Saints interim coach will come from within.