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Bill Parcells Won't Join Saints; Joe Vitt Reportedly Leading Internal Candidate

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.

Adam Schefter is now reporting "it's looking more and more like" the Saints will be looking internally to assistant head coach Joe Vitt to fill the interim role. Of course, Vitt is facing a six-game suspension in the bounty scandal, which is scheduled to begin after the preseason. So choosing him as interim coach would mean the Saints would also need another interim coach for the first six games of the season.

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.

SB Nation - Joel Thorman