Michael Lombardi of the NFL Newtork, contributes to Inside the NFL (airs on Showtime) said, "I've learned that Bill Parcells, even though he's no longer in the organization, has convinced the owner to keep him [Sparano]."
"Now, things could change with a bad los in New England, but for right now Tony Sprano is due to stay."
"Dan Henning will probably retire and they'll look to bring in an offensive coach to help Chad Henne along."
"They hope to put things together. They've got a defense in place and they need to fix the offense."
"So, Sparano for right now, today -- as we tape this show is safe -- pending something bad happening this weekend."
Cris Collinsworth asks about Parcells' influence in this decision:
Lombardi responds, " Yeah, I think Bill when he takes a step back he think progress can be made -- Not by firing everyone, but maybe fixing some of the stuff internally."
"Offensively, they know they have to make an adjustment. They got to reach out to a good QB coach, a good Offensive Coordinator."
"If Gary Kubiak is fired he would be a name. Josh McDaniels will be the hottest OC in the NFL this offseason. His phone will ring off the wall, his place in Miami would be a spot."
"So, I think that's the way they want to go. Bill, is convinced that sometimes stability is the best thing -- not always make changes."
Here's why this all makes sense. Yesterday, it was reported that the York family, who owns the Niners had sought out input from Bill Parcells about how to rebuild their franchise. It was also reported later that day that Michael Lombardi interviewed for the Niners GM job. Hence, how Lombardi would have information about Parcells. That's just a hunch on my part.
Here's a seperate video from NFL Network where Lombardi discusses the Sparano's job security. He begins discussing it 1:10 into the video.