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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Parcells on the move but not to Miami (UPDATED)

I've spoken to someone close to Bill Parcells who confirms the former coach's agent -- Jimmy Sexton -- did indeed reach out to the Dolphins, as ESPN is reporting.

Now here's the problem: Although Parcells was VERY interested in working for the Dolphins because, after all, he owns a house in South Florida, loves the weather and is a big fan of the ponies at Calder and Gulfstream, he was turned off to the idea of working for the Dolphins for one reason.

He wanted to know who his boss would be in two or three years. And Wayne Huizenga could not guarantee he would be that guy.

So the Dolphins miss out on their opportunity to hire a so-called "superstar" football man because the team's ownership situation is in limbo.

As you probably already know, Parcells is expected to soon accept a job as the Atlanta Falcons vice president for football operations, which basically means he will hire a general manager and the both of them will hire a head coach.

This is not a completely done deal yet but is expected to be finalized by as early as tonight. The only way this falls apart is if Parcells backtracks as he did with Tampa Bay years ago.

Anyway, whatever your opinion of whether hiring Parcells might have been good for the franchise or not, the bottom line is Huizenga is hurting his organization now. The fact there is no definitive word whether he is selling or not has already cost him the chance to land Parcells.

Sooo ... It stands to reason if Huizenga truly has the best interest of his team at heart, he needs to complete the sale or take the team off the market as soon as possible. Having an uncertain ownership situation is NEVER a positive.

Unsigned assistants and players worry about job security. Free agent players wonder if they're truly coming into long-term situations. And personnel guys start looking around as well, wondering whether they will have a job after the draft or the rug will be pulled out from under them.

It is bad business, folks. And that has already proven itself to be true.

Discuss...

52 Comments:

Blogger JP said...

Parcells turned a laughingstock cowboys team into a superbowl contender in 3 years. The dolphins have been laughed at for about 5 years now. I dont think there's anything Parcell's could do to make it any worse. Plus, the entire organization needs a revamp at almost every position.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trust me, he would't be the man for us. he would not hang around long enough to get the job done.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's fixed a bunch of broken teams: the Patriots, the Jets and the Cowboys. Why WOULDN'T you let him make dramatic changes to a broken Miami franchise? Wayne must really believe in Mueller and Cameron!

11:24 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Huizenga missed a golden opportunity here. One thing Parcells knows is how to surround himself with good people. Long term? All we'd need him to do is hire the GM, hire the coach, revamp scouting, and supervise the blueprint for a few years. I'd say 3-5 years would have done it. With his tenure, he knows so many people in this league, I'm confident he will build a winner in Atlanta - a winner with staying power.

Unlike when we brought in Jimmy Johnson, or Nick Saban, Parcells is poised to "teach a man to fish" instead of giving him a fish in Atlanta. In other words, he'll build an organization, train that organization, then sit back and watch it work.

Too bad Blank thought of it and pounced - IMO Huizenga just got upstaged, and he missed out on a golden opportunity. Mueller better succeed here, or the criticism will be a firestorm...

11:28 AM  
Anonymous jorge banks said...

Never wanted him here. He's an angry man, that even though he is talented, always leaves a wake of strife & division in his trail.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Martin K said...

I want to watch the dolphins, not a circus - and Parcels would make things a circus. Parcels' ego won't even fit inside our stadium. If the 'fins aren't successful within 2 years of being there, he would just quit anyway. He's out of touch with with reality and today's players. And he's overrated as a talent evaluator. Give the current mgmt another year.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous zonk-39 said...

Dolphins sit and LOSE out again....His fire was what the Dolphins needed....play or Your gone....simple as that...

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Earl said...

Wayne totally missed a golden oppurtunity here. Parcells would have gotten this thing turned around, and hired the right guys to do it. His son in law is Scott Pioli, so there's a chance we could have got him as a GM. So, in 2-3 years, lets see where the fins are compared to the falcons. I bet they're in the playoffs, as we're searching for a new coach.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The falcons simply hit rock bottom and were in position before us to make a move. Ya I know we are at rock bottom as well this year, but that is because what just happened to the Falcons happened to us last year. Make no mistake, the Falcons are about to clean house of expensive older veterans and start rebuilding themselves....they are in for a year like us next year. The difference will be that everyone thinks Parcells is great and they will accept some failure from the team in the beginning...something Fin fans can't seem to do since Cameron is a rookie coach and people are all upset Brady Quinn isn't passing around his $75 autographs in Miami.

12:01 PM  
Blogger Eric & Kim said...

Starting over can't be much worse than 1-13. I'm not confident Mueller or Cameron are the guys to get this done and if they continue to make bad decisions, it could set us even further back, if that's possible.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet Wayne screws the Dolphins yet again. With his wishy washy, oh I might sell the team, oh wait I might not. Guess what, Parcells ain't waiting for no one. Atlanta WILL be in the playoffs in 3yrs and SuperBowl contenders in 5yrs, if not sooner. In the meantime, the Dolphins will be struggling to make it to .500 for the next decade.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wayne`s YES Men save thier Jobs yet again at the Dolphins fan`s expense....

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Starting over can't be much worse than 1-13."

Yes it can...it can mean 1-13 two years in a row.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parcells will quit on the Falcons as he quit on every team he has ever coached. He must have ADD or something, because he never stays around very long.

Ken in San Diego

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh and by the way, Parcells didn't want T.O. coming to the Cowboys...he was forced by Jerry Jones...If it was up to Parcells he wouldn't be on the team. Now what would you guys say if Cam Cameron passed on T.O?

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's only one person in this league who I would be willing to drop everything for and start over again...and he's not leaving the Patriots for the Dolphins.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1-13 is worth starting over again....

12:42 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

The Dolphins passed on Parcells because they chose Ted Ginn Sr. to be VP of Football Operations...

What a joke.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

By Huizenga's people floating these rumors about selling the team, the whole franchise is handcuffed. Can Wayne please make a decision one way or the other so the organization can move on?

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

starting over again??? Your an idiot! When have we started over? Not jumping at the opportunity to hire Parcells was once again a let down for every fin fan out there! I dont understand why we cant make a move to the future. WE NEED A CATALYST FOR CHANGE. Randy and Cam need to go!! In the words of Z. Thomas.."John F***ing Beck??"

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

compare this years roster to last years buddy and tell me we didn't start over. Moron. What about when we won 3 games Sabans first year. That was pretty much a start over as well. Learn to count.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

3 games Saban's first year???? Didn't we go 9-7??

1:00 PM  
Blogger cocoajoe said...

While Parcells does have a record of building sucessful teams, he also has a record of quiting. Add in his age... (he's in his 70s, isn't he?)...I don't think we missed out.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

starting over is more then just getting a new coach. we need new management! hiring a new coach while maintaing our current management is like a quick fix. We need a whole new regime, and B. Parcells would have been a fix. Oh and by the way, why would he want to come here any way! Our management is so disfunctional, its embarrsing. Any one who wants randy M. to stay is only hurting our team more. We need CHANGE from the top

1:04 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

Parcells is not in his 70's, he's 66. Wow, reading this blog is like reading the National Enquirer. You peoople are filled with misinformation.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually Ken, he was asking Parcells age..not telling it. He wasn't really that far off either. Don't matter though.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Anonymous Dolfan said...

I think that Bill Parcells coming here would do more harm than good. I talked about that on my dolphins blog yesterday.
I, for one, am glad that he's not coming here, no matter what the reason.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

In each of his previous stops Mr. Parcells was a head coach. Things have not worked well for him when he tried to move into another capacity.

When Parcells decided to leave New England, his contract had a provision that did not allow him to coach anywhere else. The New York Jets wanted to hire him so to circumvent Parcells' contractual obligations, the Jets hired Bill Belichick (Parcells' boy) as the Jets coach, and Bill Parcells was hired by the Jets in an "advisory" role. That deal was broken by Tagliabue who gave NE a number 1 pick and made Parcells The Jets head coach.

We all remember what happened then... Belichick worked for a year and then was named head coach of the Jets because Parcells wanted to step down. When Belichick went to the podium to accept the job he promptly resigned and took the HC job in New England. Which created a huge rift between Parcells and Belichick.

What was was point of that history lesson? Parcells cannot let anyone else coach, he's too dominant. Belichick knew he could not work as a head coach under Parcells and left. We're not talking about just anyone, Belichick was Parcells right hand man, trusted adviser, and he could not be a head coach for the man.

Though it seems nice and glamorous to bring Parcells in as President, history does not prove this to be a prudent move. Parcells will not get along with his chosen coach and after a season or two the guy will quit and Parcells will take over only to realize he is 70 years old and not very healthy and then he too will resign. Leaving the Falcons where? Right where they are today with nothing but some good draft picks to show for it.

Leave Parcells to Atlanta, his days are behind him. The same goes for Cowher... Stop living in the past. Find a great quarterback and you will suddenly have a genius coach no matter who it is.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Joe- Margate, FL said...

Armando, the reasoning you propose on why Parcells won't work hear doesn't make sense. Worse case scenario is a new owner comes in at the one year mark or sooner and fires Parcells. Why should that concern Parcells? Will Parcells become so emotionally invested in the 'phins that he would be utterly crushed that the new owership is foolish enough to replace him?

Another scenario is if the 'phins get a new owner 3 yrs from now. The given is that Parcells will have brought great success by then. What new owner in his right mind would fire him then?

Parcells may in the end avoid the Dolphins, but not for the reason you claim.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PFT.com is reporting that Parcells will bring Pioli onboard as GM.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Ron in Charlotte said...

This doesn't add up to me, either. If Waybe wanted Parcells here, he could have him. His contract would be as VP, and he would hire a GM and a coach, not be the GM. His contract would be fully guaranteed, and would give him supreme ultimate control of all things including bowel movements (so no Joe Paterno). Even if a new owner came in, he would have to leave that in place or buy him out. I do believe though, that Parcells likes HUizenga and wants to work for him, but if Wayne handed the cash over, it would bring Bill in. That being said. I don't want him. Wayne needs to stick wioth what he has for a year or two more. If we are successful, then Wayne has a legacy. I actually think that Cam and Randy are right for us, but we won't know for at least another year. Also, hasn't Wayne already ben burned by the big names enough?

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PFT.com is reporting that Parcells will bring Pioli onboard as GM.

IF that is TRUE the Dolphins LOSE OUT 2 Times.......

2:11 PM  
Anonymous MT Rick said...

Not exactly... From PFT.com:

"Regarding the position of General Manager, the most intriguing possibility is Patriots' vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli, who also happens to be Parcells' son-in-law. Under league rules, however, Pioli most likely would not be able to exit his current contract with the Patriots unless he were in possession of final say over the composition of the roster and/or the coaching staff."

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Wayne for screwing the Dolphin fans again!! Wayne needs to sell the team ASAP so we can bring in the Tuna.If not we will be stuck with the same cast of characters we have now: Joe Bailey,Brian Weidmeier,etc...

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haven't you been reading, the Tuna is gone to ATL. The Fins are stuck with the three stooges, Randy, Cam and Boss Huizinga.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank god Parcells is off the market, Cowher also said he is not coaching in 2008. Now all you crybabies can move on. No matter what anyone does, the grass is always greener. I know everyone will complain for the next two weeks so get it out of your system babies

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree with the poster who stated the Tuna didn't want T.O. with the cowpies. Where would they be right now without him? Middle of the pack, that's where. T.O. is a cancer, but when he's on, he's on big time.

How long do you think a coach in this league wants to hang around when he has no say in any of the players picked or the way things are run? The coach starts looking at college coaching jobs pretty quickly, that's where (see Oakland Raiders).

I'm totally GLAD that he didn't come to miami. Dolphin Stadium isn't near big enough to hold his friggin ego!!!!!!

2:42 PM  
Anonymous W.H. said...

I have to say, what a bunch of idiots on this blog, you all take after Armundo, the biggest fool of all. Anyone who would even consider "The Big Blowhole has a few loose screws. Let Atlanta have him, forget him, and never talk about him and the Phins in the same sentence again. When things do not go exactly his way, he's out of there. We don't need a big A-hole building us to nowhere.

2:57 PM  
Anonymous cocoajoe said...

Patrick, you were very through but I want to add one thing.

When R. McKay was GM at Tampa, he threatened to Quit if Parcells came on board as HC.

3:05 PM  
Blogger H.C.D. said...

Oh quit being so dramatic.

We don't need Parcells...

Stay the course, lets build a NEW legacy.

No more living in the past...we tried that with Jimmy Johnson.

No mas.

Time to build a champion from scratch.

that is all

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But at least *you* have job security as the limbo Dolphins remain one-and-terrible the next few years. High fives to ya' Armando!

3:13 PM  
Blogger Ron in Charlotte said...

ALERT: PFT is now specualting that the delay on the Falcon's announcement is because it is believed that Tuna wants to be in Miami and is talking with the Fins.

I see it posibly happenning. I think Huizenga would agree not to give up control of the team for three years while Parcells gets things together. I just don't think it should happen, but I bet it will.

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not So Fast: No Deal For Parcells

Bill Parcells and the Atlanta Falcons had a deal in principle Tuesday night. By Wednesday afternoon, it was gone. The team said Wednesday that Parcells "would not be signing a contract with us" and that Parcells is "considering a revised offer from the Miami Dolphins."

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

The other thing to keep in mind when looking at coaches past is that not one has ever won the SB with 2 different teams. Now Parcells is attempting a different role with Atlanta, but that doesn't bode well either. Think of Bill Walsh when he went back to SF to a similar role, he couldn't do the magic any more.

It's same with many players who go into coaching. Some who were not high profile players actually turn out to be good coaches but the great players never make great coaches. The same thing is true of coaches becoming GMs or really anyone who is truly great at what they do. How many people can you think of on the planet who are fortunate enough to be great at 2 professions?

You have to start with someone young and hungry who has never been there before. Someone with some fire in their belly. I say stay the course and find a great QB at all costs.

I've seen a couple posts about Parcells turning the Cowgirls around. It wasn't until Romo emerged that the Cowgirls are spoken in the same sentence as superbowl. Cameron was brought in here to get us a QB. That's the job we need from him. Finding that player will make or break Cameron's career as a coach.

3:47 PM  
Anonymous CC said...

KEEP UP GUYS. PARCELL TALKS WITH ATLANTA ARE DEAD. FINS DEEP IN THE MIX. STAY TUNED!!!

3:48 PM  
Anonymous Kiryn said...

I think that this is a horrible idea to pick up Parcels. If we pick up a coach I think that we need to have a half way younger coach that is not going to just up and leave like the rest. Does anyone remember Don Shula? Let’s just get an understanding that we ARE rebuilding and to rebuild we also need to do so with the management and picking up someone again that is just going to leave in a few years is just another drop in the bucket. I did have faith in Cam Cam, but yet again he screwed the pooch with lovely trades like Welker and Chambers. The one thing I will give him is he did make a great OL and picked up a nice RB with booker, unfortunately we haven't seen since the last game.
All I am saying is if we do pick up a coach I don't see Parcels fitting in at Miami; but I do agree that if the Big H is getting rid of the team it better stay in Miami and it better happen soon before we DO lose the chance at someone valuable!
Oh, and to whoever said that we missed out because he’s already at NE; gimme a f'cking break, he’s a world class douche bag!

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Kiryn said...

Just an added statement, if I was to make a pick right now of a prospect of who should be our next head coach it would definitely be coach Cowher. Even if he said that he isn't coaching in 2008 I would give it a shot and then at the very least go to him after next season. The only problem with that is...do we really want to see if Cam Cam and Mueller end up f'cking us again with some blasphemous trades, moves, and draft picks?!
I think that we need to revamp the entire staff minus the RB coach and maybe some of the defensive coaches. I used to love Dom but I don't know if he got Alzheimer’s this year or what but if just wasn't happening and I don't know why, when we should have been slaughtering people with the pickup of Porter. I mean seriously I don't know what I would do if they did something like trade Thomas, Taylor, or Y.Bell.
If someone else has some other suggestions I'm all ears, just as long as it’s not some more of this Parcels bullsh!t.
At the very least if we do get him I hope that he’s changed and his ego takes a bench and everything works smoothly, I really think that after all we've been through after Shula left something can go our way.
Oh and here’s looking forward and seeing the Dolphins stomping the crap out of the Patriots next week because that is what we are known for doing.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't checked this site in months because I thought the writers were idiots. Because of the news of Parcells, I thought I would check to see what might be said here. Sure enough, in true Armando fashion, he's spewing off about Huizenga blowing a chance to land the Tuna due to indecisiveness in selling the team.

Guess what? You spoke to soon Armando. You should take up daydreaming full time.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are things changing, perhaps. According to ESPN , Bill is close to a deal with the Dolphins.

Personally, I don't think the Dolphins need him. Cam has only been there for a year. He's still trying to clean things up and it'll take time. If the players didn't have faith in their coach, I think Zach Thomas would have spoken out by now.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Samuel V. said...

Armando wrote: It stands to reason if Huizenga truly has the best interest of his team at heart, he needs to complete the sale or take the team off the market as soon as possible.

So Huizenga took your advice Mando. He took the team off the market in one day. Great job by you!!!!

Thanks.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Travis said...

Armando,

"Parcells on the move but not to Miami," is only the latest in a long line of screw-ups on your part. Your adversion to reporting in favor of specuating, sensationalizing, and shamelessly boosting your own ego is getting old and serves only as a detriment to the South Florida Sports scene.

For the record, I would love to simply ignore you, but the stories you fabricate sometimes become national news and succeed in damaging the Dolphin's organization.

Get a job with the National Enquirer or Teen People and leave the newspaper business for journalists with at least a little integrity.

Editors at the Herald, please keep a closer eye on this guy. He's cashing in all of your credibility for five minutes of fame.

1:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

long gone are the days of glory. right bout now i will settle for the mind breaking moments of Wannstedt, at least we where winning.

2:53 PM  

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