FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2006 file photo, New Orlean Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, congratulates Dallas Cowboys head coach BIll Parcells after the Cowboys beat the Saints 30-7 in a preseason NFL football game at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La. Payton says he will meet Tuesday, March 27, 2012, with Bill Parcells, and part of that discussion will include who will coach the Saints this coming season. Payton says he will decide in the next "two to three" days whether he will appeal the suspension that would keep him off the sideline this season because of his role in the Saints' bounty system. (AP Photo/The Shreveport Times, Shane Bevel) ** NO SALES, MAGS OUT MANDATORY CREDIT
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — New Orleans coach Sean Payton says he will meet Tuesday with Bill Parcells, and part of that discussion will include who will coach the Saints this coming season.
Payton says he will decide in the next "two to three" days whether he will appeal the suspension that would keep him off the sideline this season because of his role in the Saints' bounty system.
Speaking Tuesday morning at the NFL meetings, Payton said he talks regularly with Parcells, and has sought his counsel often throughout this process. He added that he, general 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, between Mickey, myself, Mr. Benson, just an early synopsis of what our options 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 discuss that matter. Fortunately, we feel like we've got a number of good candidates. The trick then is what it does to affect their roles that they currently have."
One role Payton is certain about: He's "100 percent" confident he will coach the Saints in 2013.
Parcells led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories and is a mentor to Payton. Parcells hired Payton as an offensive assistant in Dallas in 2003.
"You're asking me what are his great strengths," Payton said. "And I would say to you he's a great teacher. Certainly I'm biased, having worked with him. But he's a Hall of Fame head coach. And I would also say there's some things probably set up in the framework of our program that would be exactly how he would have set those things up had he been the head coach here in '06. So there's some carry-over that way."
Payton spoke for about 18 minutes, remaining composed throughout. He talked about the disappointment that for the first time since his first season playing football as a kid 39 years ago he may miss a season.
"You go through a range of emotions that kind of hit you," Payton said. "You're disappointed. You're disappointed in yourself that it got to this point. I think we're trained as coaches to begin preparation right away. I find myself reflecting on it, and you go through a lot of emotions."