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    Parcells signs deal with Dolphins

    Ex-coach agrees to contract to be V.P. of football ops
    Posted: Thursday December 20, 2007 11:00AM; Updated: Thursday December 20, 2007 4:04PM





    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Bill Parcells led Super Bowl winners from the sideline. The Miami Dolphins hope he'll do the same from the front office.

    Parcells signed a four-year contract Thursday to lead the Dolphins' football operations, one day after turning down essentially the same role with the Atlanta Falcons.

    The two-time Super Bowl champion coach will report directly to Miami owner Wayne Huizenga, whose affinity for big-name help now has led him to Parcells -- a 66-year-old former coach of four NFL clubs who owns a home in South Florida and now has a job there, too.

    "He has a proven track record of success everywhere he has been in the National Football League," Huizenga said. "And his football acumen will help put the Miami Dolphins franchise back among the elite of the NFL."

    On Wednesday, the expectation around the league was that Parcells would take over in Atlanta, with even some reports saying the deal was done. By the afternoon, however, the deal had fallen apart and the Dolphins moved quickly to get Parcells to sign a contract.

    "I'm honored to join such an illustrious franchise as the Miami Dolphins and to work for one of the best owners in the league in Wayne Huizenga," Parcells said. "He shares my same commitment to winning and I told him I would do everything I can to help turn around the team's fortunes."

    The team made the announcement shortly after the locker room was closed for the day, and roughly 45 minutes after Dolphins coach Cam Cameron sidestepped at least a half-dozen questions about Parcells _ even refusing to say if he's ever met the coach.

    "There will potentially be a time to have that discussion," Cameron said. "Today, I don't see it as being that day or this time."

    Parcells will be formally introduced by the Dolphins on Dec. 27, the team said.

    His arrival has taken virtually all the attention off the Dolphins' game at New England on Sunday. But even as it appeared certain Parcells was coming, players didn't say much on the hot topic.

    Televisions were off in the locker room after practice Thursday; that wasn't the case 24 hours earlier, when Parcells' face was splashed across the screens as news broke he was weighing Huizenga's offer.

    Few players wanted to speak about Parcells, and those who did generally offered the company line, that the Dolphins are only thinking about Sunday's game at New England.

    "Any more questions about New England?" defensive back Jason Allen asked.

    Miami started 0-13 before beating Baltimore last weekend. The roster already seemed certain for an offseason overhaul. The Dolphins will likely have the No. 1 pick in next year's draft, and the franchise is in the midst of its longest postseason drought, now six years and counting.

    And the Dolphins have turned their fortunes over to Parcells, who previously coached the Giants, Patriots, Jets and Cowboys.

    So now, let the questions begin.

    What happens to Cameron?

    What happens to general manger Randy Mueller?

    What happens with Jason Taylor? Zach Thomas? Ricky Williams?

    Each has no answer, and will remain that way until Parcells determines the best course of action.

    "The guy's a legend," running back Lorenzo Booker said. "There's no doubt about it. He knows what he's doing. Obviously, his resume is a mile long. But I'm a new guy in this league, so I don't even know what a vice president does, to be honest with you, so I'm waiting to find out as much as you guys."

    Parcells' return didn't seem to be a surprise in Dallas, where he retired as coach after last season.

    Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones, the son of Dallas owner Jerry Jones, said Parcells was always intrigued by "not just in the coaching part of (football), but putting the team together, running the organization, trainers to fields to scouting department. It was always a huge interest to him."

    In Miami, he'll get his chance in all of those areas.

    Huizenga's desire to get the Dolphins back to Super Bowl form is no secret. He's spared little expense in that quest, and Parcells' hiring is just the latest leap of faith the owner has taken.

    In January 2004, Huizenga hired the Dolphins' greatest player, Dan Marino, as senior vice president of football operations, a job created just for him. Marino lasted 22 days before resigning.

    In December 2004, Huizenga wooed Nick Saban away from LSU with a massive contract and gave him complete control of the football team. Saban stayed two years, went 15-17 in those seasons, and jilted Miami by quitting to become coach at Alabama after the 2006 campaign.

    So now comes maybe the biggest catch -- a Tuna.

    "I respect what the Dolphins name means -- the legacy of the perfect season, and people like coach (Don) Shula, Dan Marino and so many others who have made the team one of the most successful franchises in the NFL," Parcells said. "I'm looking forward to helping restore that winning tradition."


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    Re: Parcells signs deal with Dolphins

    I don't care what crybaby T.O. and the rest of the whiny cowgirls players said after he left, any organization is better off having Parcells as part of it, especially one struggling like the Dolphins.

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    Re: Parcells signs deal with Dolphins

    It's only fitting that the TUNA would sign on with the fish.

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    Re: Parcells signs deal with Dolphins

    Is there any East division team this guy hasn't worked for? Jets, Pats, Giants, Cowboys, Fish..........Should Joe Gibbs and Andy Reid be nervous?
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: Parcells signs deal with Dolphins

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    Is there any East division team this guy hasn't worked for? Jets, Pats, Giants, Cowboys, Fish..........Should Joe Gibbs and Andy Reid be nervous?
    Dick Jauron??? Tuna would look good in a Buffalo outfit.

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    Re: Parcells signs deal with Dolphins

    Wow what a novel concept!

    NFL team owner hires an exceptional football mind to oversee its' football operation.

    BUT - we have John Shaw and Zygmunt - Brilliant!

    :l

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    Re: Parcells signs deal with Dolphins

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferter View Post
    Wow what a novel concept!

    NFL team owner hires an exceptional football mind to oversee its' football operation.

    BUT - we have John Shaw and Zygmunt - Brilliant!

    :l
    Well now just wait a gol darn minute! Shaw and Zygmunt are key to this turnaround! Shaw is friend's with the owner, and the owner wouldn't just throw some buddy in without really thinking about it........er, no maybe she would.

    Well but then there's our GM, Zygmunt. That guy is a football genius.....you know with all that accounting expertise......and uh, legal training........er, I guess, uh, they maybe watched a football game or something while studying for the bar....right?

    But hey, I bet those debits are never out of line with those credits!
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: Parcells signs deal with Dolphins

    Too bad the Rams didn't get him.

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