27 March 2012

Who should be the Saints' interim coach?

So we all know that Sean Payton has been suspended for the 2012 NFL season as a result of the bounty fiasco. But the question is that who will be the interim coach, especially because the coach the Saints would have immediately gone to, Joe Vitt, was also suspended?

Payton himself noted that he would have liked to see Bill Parcells be the coach in his place but I'd be really stunned if that was going to happen. For one, Parcells is seventy years old and will be seventy-one when the season starts, I understand the lure of trying to get another ring but Parcells already has two rings. Plus the Saints would have to abide by the Rooney Rule if they were to hire outside the organization which makes the process even longer to get someone to coach for one year.

So I think the two real candidates are on the Saints' coaching staff and they are offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. And if I had to pick between the two, I would go with Carmichael. Yes, Spagnuolo has head coaching experience as he coached the St. Louis Rams the past three seasons but he is also new to the organization, having joined in mid-January. Carmichael has familiarity with the organization and most importantly with the offense so he can easily step into Payton's shoes and run the offense.

Of course if Payton appeals, which I don't see him doing in all honestly, and wins his appeal this will all be moot but if I were Mickey Loomis, the general manager of the Saints, I would have Carmichael serve as the interim.

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