Bill Parcells isn’t in the coaching business anymore, but like Bill Walsh, he still has a strong influence on what happens on Sundays. Saints coach Sean Payton, who talks with Parcells about twice a month, told Dan Pompei of the National Football Post he sought out his former boss for advice about how to run training camp after the lockout. He said Parcells cautioned him about getting so focused on system installations that player evaluations are skewed.
“His big thing is coaches will get caught up in wanting to get all their installations in, and guys will get caught up in that,” Payton said. He said there will be some guys who can’t get it all mentally so quickly, but they might end up being the better players. Your most important thing is getting the right 53, even if you have to slow down a little bit to get the best players.