The Times-Picayune in New Orleans ran a couple of articles on Sean Payton and our old coordinator Maurice Carthon and their pursuit of the Saints job.
From the Payton article comes this factoid that was news to me.
Facing a veteran-fortified Saints defense, where about a half-dozen regulars had crossed union picket lines, including much of the defensive line and secondary, Payton, alternating every play with Steve Bradley, was 3-of-11 for 28 yards, no touchdowns and one interception on an exceptionally windy day as the Saints won 19-17. "You're being nice," Payton said Thursday, when the elements were brought up to ease the unkind memory. "Offensively, we were in trouble."
From the Carthon article we get the usual references to Bill Parcells.
"There will never be another Bill Parcells, and I'm not him," Carthon said Wednesday after wrapping up his two-day interview for the Saints' head coaching job. "But I've learned a lot of things from Bill, and I know one of the main reasons I'm standing here is because of Bill."
Carthon, 44, has spent 14 of his 22 years as a player or assistant coach under Parcells. He left Parcells in 2005 to serve as offensive coordinator in Cleveland under long-time Parcells assistant Romeo Crennel.