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And this is the biggest point he wants to make: Parcells will stress that he is neither the Dolphins coach nor the general manager. He will stress that he is simply owner Wayne Huizenga's designee to pick Miami's coach and general manager.
So why is this a big deal?
Well, it's not really as far as the coaching situation is concerned. At least not now. No one believes Parcells will be Miami's de facto coach, especially not at 66 years old.
Pretty much the entire NFL is convinced Parcells will make all the meaningful personnel decisions for the Dolphins. And that assumption is probably, in fact, correct. But Parcells has to make it seem as if he really isn't going to be the guy making that final call and instead is just the guy picking the guy making the final call.
Why? Because in order to hire away someone currently under contract with another team, the easiest approach is to be able to say you are offering that person a promotion. And if Parcells is filling out the GM role while offering the GM job to someone else as a promotion, the NFL and other clubs may balk at giving him permission to hire someone away from his current club.
Take Dallas personnel guy Jeff Ireland for example. He is not the GM in Dallas. So if Parcells offers him the Miami GM job, the Cowboys are compelled to let him go based on the fact the job is a promotion. But the Cowboys may argue that Ireland isn't really going to be Miami's GM because, by definition, the GM picks the players. And the Cowboys would be right because Parcells will likely pick the players.
And that is why Parcells Thursday will emphasize that he is picking the GM and that he will not be the GM. All this is moot, of course, if Parcells does the right thing and sticks with Randy Mueller, who I believe to be an excellent personnel guy.
But the chances of him doing that are less than 50-50 in my opinion.
By the way, Parcells has pretty much been talking like coach Cam Cameron is gone. He has told confidants that he will be hiring a coach. Why do you talk of hiring a coach unless you're going to be getting rid of the coach already in place?
I think Cameron may get an interview with Parcells. The two obviously will talk Thursday. But I think Parcells will want his own guy in the job.
I can report to you that one of Parcells' guys is Tony Sparano. He was the Cowboys offensive coordinator under Parcells at Dallas. He is now the team's assistant head coach, the running game coordinator (Jason Garrett handles the passing game) and offensive line coach. The Cowboys offensive line, by the way, has three Pro Bowl players this year and running back Marion Barber is also Pro Bowl bound.
Sparano is 46 and, with his Northeastern roots, connected with Parcells who is a New Jersey native. I believe, after interviewing some prospects including a Rooney Rule candidate, Parcells will pick this guy as the Dolphins next coach.