Kristian: Saints decisions to be made, stability is the goal
It's hard to imagine a Saints game without Sean Payton roaming the sidelines. Barring an overturned appeal from the same man that leveled the penalties on the Saints, it looks as though the team will have to get through 2012 without their head coach.
Who will it be to lead the Black and Gold this season on an interim basis? Will it be Bill Parcells? Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael? Offensive Line Coach Aaron Kromer? Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo? Somebody else? Whoever takes over must bring instant stability to the team. One of the biggest reasons the Saints have tallied 41 wins over the last three season's has been the unwavering steady guidance of Sean Payton.
"That factor has to continue for the Saints to have a successful season in 2012," says Saints Color Analyst Hokie Gajan.
Payton's suspension officially starts on April 1st, unless he decides to appeal. If there is an appeal, Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to rule in an expedited manner... only expected to take a couple of days. NFL network analyst Brian Billick says the Saints have to make their decision soon and live with it
"No matter who they bring in as the coach, this has to be their team. They cannot operate as a head coach wondering what Sean Payton would do here," Billick explained.
If the "Big Tuna" Bill Parcells says, 'No thank you' to coming back to coach for one more season, the Saints job is attractive to any potential head coach even on an interim basis.
"You have a franchise quarterback, an organization that knows how to win and a tremendous amount of talent; why wouldn't you be excited about this chance?" asks Gajan.
For many teams in the NFL I would be hesitant to expect good things in the 2012 season with the cloud of Bounty Gate hanging over their heads, but not so for the Saints. The big x factor in all of this is Drew Brees. He's a leader that truly galvanizes his team. I can tell you from being in that locker room, the players on this team will view this as a challenge more so than an insurmountable task in front of them. The NFL might have put a serious damper on the prospect of the Saints reaching a Super Bowl in their home city, but they haven't completely ruined the chance.
The Saints are still a playoff team despite losing their head coach for the season.
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