Shortly after hearing the rumors surrounding the Minnesota Vikings interest in Bill Parcells, I wondered about the timing of it all. Early April is a strange time to be looking for a new head coach or other front office members considering the coach hiring season is basically over.
And now we find out from Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis that, while the Vikings did approach Parcells, it didn't happen anytime recently. Other reports are now saying Parcells to Minnesota won't be happening. It's unclear exactly when the talks happened but Pelissero reports that the Vikings supposed interest smells like a leverage ploy by Parcells.
The timing of Wednesday's revelation in the Post -- three months after Spielman's promotion to GM and in the middle of Parcells' reported negotiations to become the Saints' interim coach during Payton's one-year suspension -- makes this seem like nothing more than a leverage ploy.
To be fair, maybe Parcells wasn't responsible for leaking the news but it sure does seem like a situation in which Parcells is creating leverage.