WATERCOOLER CHAT: PARCELLS TO COACH SAINTS? LUCK NO CONTACT, GIANTS-COWBOYS OPENING DAY

In the NFL, the controversy surrounding the New Orleans Saints paying defensive players to injure specific offensive players ended in Saints head coach Sean Payton being suspended for a year.  Payton was blown away by the news, but still must adhere to the suspension.  With that said, Payton still wants to make sure that the very talented Saints stay in good hands.  The man he’s suggesting for the job:  none other than coaching legend Bill Parcells.  This is the guy who taught Bill Belichick a ton of what he knows.  Parcells is a proven winner, and putting a big name like him in there will keep Saints fans excited and dreaming of Super Bowl possibilities.  Good thoughts from Payton, but… Parcells might be a little old.

Elsewhere in the NFL, some strange news out of Indianapolis.  As everyone knows, the Colts released Peyton Manning, as they plan to draft Andrew Luck from Stanford with the #1 pick.  But Luck has gone on record saying the Colts haven’t contacted him about contract negotiations.  And now, Colts owner Jim Irsay is saying that they won’t necessarily draft Luck with the #1 pick.  After all, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III is sitting there as well.  Both of these are amazing athletes, and pure quarterbacks.  Griffin is more mobile, and Luck is more precise.  They are both poised to be long-time successes, but, at the end of the day, Luck might just be the safer bet.  Nobody will fault the Colts if they stick with Luck… so they probably will.

Finally, we now know our first match-up of the 2012 NFL season.  This season will open on a Wednesday night (because of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday), and, as tradition in years past have showed us, will feature the Super Bowl winners.  This year, that is clearly the New York Giants.  Question is… which team would they play?  Which team would yield the most ratings for a match-up on Day 1?  The Packers?  Patriots? Steelers?  And then you think, it’s obvious, the Dallas Cowboys.  What better way to start the 2012 NFL Season than with likable Tony Romo and the Cowboys.

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