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METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton can "remember it like it was yesterday."
Christmas night, 2002, 9 p.m. A phone call from Bill Parcells, whom he had never met. It was maybe the most important call of Payton's coaching career.
"There was nothing definitive. He 'might have something going on,'" recalled Payton, who knew full well that it meant Parcells was coming out of retirement to become the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys since he had read the reports of Parcells' not-so-secret meeting with owner Jerry Jones at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
What Payton --...