Parcells on the move but not to Miami (UPDATED)
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.