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Goodell Says Saints Can Hire Parcells If They Want

If the Saints want to go out and grab Bill Parcells to coach the team in 2012, it sounds like the NFL is not going to step in their way.

League commissioner Roger Goodell said he won’t stop the team from grabbing Parcells to take the spot of suspended Sean Payton.

“That’s their decision. They need to make those decisions and we’ll move forward,” Goodell said Monday. “Bill’s a great coach, and I’m sure (he) will add a lot of personality and intrigue. And he’s as competitive as they get, so I’m sure he’ll do a good job.”

Before the Saints pick someone to run the team in the 2012 season, though, Goodell has to rule on Payton’s appeal of his season long suspension, along with the appeals of shorter suspensions to assistant coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis and penalties handed down to the team.

Goodell expects to hear the appeals this week, and said he wants to make a ruling shortly thereafter. “Part of it depends exactly when the appeal is going to be, and second of all what information comes up in the appeal,” Goodell said.

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