Archer: Parcells keeps heat on his coaches

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  1. LaTunaNostra

    LaTunaNostra He Made the Difference

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    Todd Archer: Parcells keeps heat on his coaches

    03:28 PM CDT on Thursday, October 13, 2005

    IRVING – It’s not easy being a member of Bill Parcells’ coaching staff. That much we do know.

    There are long days and nights from July through January. He will chew out an assistant at any time for a player’s mistake. He demands perfection, which is fine. Every coach does.

    And every assistant coach knew it when they joined on since Parcells has been calling the shots in Dallas.

    After Sunday’s 33-10 dismantling of Philadelphia, players on both sides of the ball credited the coaches with coming up with great plans. Sean Payton, who is calling the plays, had the Eagles off-balance all day. Mike Zimmer took advantage of the Eagles’ poor field position and didn’t let them breathe.

    On Monday Parcells was asked if the coaches deserve an A-plus for their work.

    “No, I don’t give them an A+,” he said. “They’re doing what they’re supposed to do. That’s it right there.”

    Now, Parcells did throw some bon mots to running backs coach Anthony Lynn for his attention to detail. And he did say Bruce DeHaven has a very good scheme when it comes to covering kicks.

    But that’s it. It’s the way he is. It’s why a book about a week in the life of his old Giants’ team called No Medals for Trying.

    The assistants get little of the credit for what they do. Zimmer is in the worst spot. If the defense does well, it’s because Parcells made the switch to the 3-4. If it does poorly, then Zimmer will be scapegoated and probably replaced next year.

    Or if the Cowboys succeed, then Zimmer could be a candidate for a head coaching job, like he was two years ago at Nebraska.

    During his time with the Giants and Jets and in New England, Parcells largely had the same coaching staff. Bill Belichick, Romeo Crennel, Charlie Weis, Al Groh and Mike Sweatman were with him in all three spots.

    Parcells completely trusted them to do what was right on a weekly basis. Parcells mentioned a team cannot become a team until players can air it out with each other without fear. The same thing goes with coaches. There has to be healthy disagreement.

    When he came to Dallas, he was familiar only with Maurice Carthon, who has since become the offensive coordinator in Cleveland. He took on a number of coaches with whom he had little experience with and against.

    Receivers coach John McNulty was replaced after one year and replaced by Todd Haley, who worked for Parcells with the Jets. Offensive line coach George Warhop was let go after two and replaced by tight ends coach Tony Sparano.

    For the most part, Parcells likes this coaching staff. He just doesn’t want everybody to know it.

    And when does a staff deserve an A+?

    “Win a championship – someday,” Parcells said.
  2. bobtheflob

    bobtheflob New Member

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    Parcells is a really good coach and all, but having a coaching staff with Bill Belichick, Romeo Crennel, and Charlie Weis on it had to have a pretty big part of his success.

    Although an argument could be made that Parcells made those guys what they are today
  3. dmq

    dmq If I'm so pretty, why am I available?

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    Bill Belichick, Romeo Crennel, and Charlie Weis

    Someone had to have coached them up a little. To tell you the truth, I believe Parcells had a big hand in all of those Super Bowl wins. Many of the key members of that team were drafted by Parcells.
  4. Waffle

    Waffle Not Just For Breakfast Anymore

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    No! It was all Belichick. :rolleyes:
  5. MikeD17

    MikeD17 Benched

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    you can totally tell that bellichek and weiss totally coach like parcells. i can clearly see it in weiss, he even walks the same and talks the same. bellichek is more his own style, and you can tell he would of been a great coach regardless but parcells definatly helped him become better.
  6. followthestar

    followthestar Well-Known Member

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    can we say without appearing disingenious that belichick is having some problems this year with a new OC and DC? i know, he's calling the plays, but without those two guys you can see the Patriots have slipped a notch... right?
  7. baj1dallas

    baj1dallas New Member

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    Yea I expected that there would be a little bit of difficulty during the regular season, but I think that aspect of the team will be back to about 98% of where they were last year if they can make it to the Superbowl...and the playoffs are all about execution and who plays the best.

    THUMPER Papa

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    Most definitely! You can't lose two quality coordinators and not feel the effect of it.

    My biggest complaint about Parcells since he has come to Dallas is his choices for coordinators/assistant coaches. He seems to have lost his touch for picking quality guys or more likely he didn't feel like he had the time to groom them like he did with the Giants when he was young so he just went with guys he knew (Payton & Carthon) or knew of (DeHaven & Zimmer).

    Honestly, I don't think any of these guys are very good coordinators and I don't think they will be successful HCs.

    We could say the same thing about Tom Landry too. When Reeves & Ditka left to take HC positions the team went into decline and we never replaced them with anyone near their talent level.

    Jimmy Johnson also had some excellent assistants working under him in Dallas but missed them when he went to Miami.

    IMO, a HC is only as good as his assistant coaches.

    BARRYRAY Well-Known Member

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    Well I bet we can get Bellichek back in the near fututre, Ravens aren't lighting it up...
  10. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    The one Coach that I think Parcells made a mistake on was Joe Avezzano.

    I always liked him.

    THUMPER Papa

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    Bill Beliichick coaches the Patriots, Brian Billick coaches the Ravens. It is easy to confuse the two. :)

    I totally agree. I thought we should have promoted him to HC instead of Campo. He couldn't have been any worse could he?
  12. Doomsday101

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    I like Avezzano but in fairness I don't think he could have done any better considering Jerry did not give Campo the authority a head coach must have. HC can't have players going over his head to Jerry's office as well as the simple fact a HC must have complete say so when it comes to dealing with the players. I don't know what kind of coach Campo could have been he was never given a fair chance to prove himself.
  13. LaTunaNostra

    LaTunaNostra He Made the Difference

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    I somewhat agree Thumper.

    We know Bill very much wanted his old friend Dan Henning to be his OC. But Dan was contracted by the Panthers. He also wanted Bill Muir to be his oline coach. I think it's clear he 'settled' for Payton/Carthon as some two headed substitution for Dan, and one he still had to groom.

    What has really stunned me is that Tuna himself "called" the offensive plays on all his teams since 1993.

    No one quite understood the dynamic in NY, meaning the initiation-approval share of it, but there was a major media storm in NY in 99 when Bill took the play calling duties away from Charlie Weis (in the wake of the Testaverde Achilles injury and the Mirer faliure). This is what supposedly led to Weis siding with Mumbles in the later 'legal' battle over Belichick's move to NE, and Tuna's anger at him.

    Anyway, after Weis left (and it's probable Bill had the same kind of deal with him as with call, I approve, only no one realized maybe the entire NY press corps just didn't know this ), Henning was up in the box under puppet Al Groh, and of course he called the plays, with zero interference.

    I think had Bill managed to bring Dan here, it'd have been a very smooth and faster offensive transition.

    Zim was the best guy available as DC, imo, and Bill knew it.

    One thing working against Bill when he was recruiting coaches was the knowledge amongst the coaching ranks that Dallas was indeed his last hurrah and no really long term career moves could be foudn under him. Guys who already had jobs would never even attempt teeh difficult process of making a lateral move, even if they could get their team's consent, what was the possibility Bill would even finish his full contract in Dallas before retring for the final time?

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