NEW YORK -- Next up in the Bill Parcells Sweepstakes: Green Bay. Take your best shot.
Packers general manager Ron Wolf spoke with Parcells yesterday morning and said they hope to get together by the end of the week. Reportedly, that meeting will take place Thursday. It's come down to the Packers vs. NBC. If Parcells wants to get back into coaching, the Packers job in all likelihood is his.
A tentative meeting set for yesterday was postponed as a result of conflicting schedules, but Wolf said he would have to meet with Parcells this week because next week Wolf is going to Hawaii and San Francisco to scout college all-star games.
On Sunday, Wolf conducted his first interview to replace Lindy Infante when 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren was in his Green Bay office; coincidentally, at about the time the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were announcing that Parcells had turned them down.
Wolf said yesterday he believes there are qualified assistants ready to be NFL head coaches and he "would like the opportunity to explore, but if someone falls into your lap who is too good to be true, you have to act or react."
Wolf acknowledged that Parcells would fit into that category. After the Tampa Bay circus, look for these discussions to be kept private and low-key.
The Bucs, meanwhile, are expected to turn their attention to former Philadelphia Eagles coach Buddy Ryan, who called Bucs owner Hugh Culverhouse yesterday. Culverhouse seems committed to bring in a big name and Ryan did impress Culverhouse when he interviewed there last year.
You might wonder why Parcells would be interested in Green Bay. All most coaches care about is whether they can win. And although the Packers have not made the playoffs since 1982, it is considered a place conducive to winning.
The Packers have two No. 1 picks in this draft -- the first one is No. 5 overall; they have tremendous fan support; Wolf is a longtime friend of Parcells'; and, they are community-owned, which means no interference.
Is that enough to get Parcells? We'll find out soon enough.