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  1. Charles

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    Parcellsisms: Cowboys coach has way of relating to players

    02:44 AM CDT on Friday, April 30, 2004

    By JEAN-JACQUES TAYLOR / The Dallas Morning News

    IRVING -
    Coach Bill Parcells is a 62-year-old man who prefers hanging around young people.

    Their youth energizes him, he says.

    Make no mistake, however, Parcells is old school.

    He's more prone to talking about boxing, horse racing and his beloved Boston Red Sox than Outkast or Punk'd.

    "He must be a genius," one player said last year. "It's like he knows something about everything."

    Parcells does most of his bonding in the weight room, though he believes the locker room is a sanctuary.

    "That square room in there," he said referring to the locker room. "There are no rules. There are no complications.

    Those are your guys and that's it. For some of them, those same guys will be their guys 20 years from now."

    Parcells' goal is to find a way to make each of his players a little better every day.

    The trick is finding a way to relate to players young enough to be his grandchildren.

    "I try to keep them interested," Parcells said of his team last season. "I try to point things out that they need to do. I try to give them a little analogy from time to time.

    "I just tell my players this is not preaching or trying to know it all, but if you don't have some motivation to be the best at something or achieve, then what are you doing here?"

    With the Cowboys beginning their three-day rookie mini-camp today, here are some of Parcells' favorite phrases to help the newcomers in their indoctrination to pro football.


    An explanation of phrases and terms

    C.O.P. player

    A change-of-pace player like Aveion Cason, who has some speed and can be used on draws, screens and third down but probably isn't durable enough to play every down.

    E.R.W. player

    Players who eat, ride and warm up.

    J.A.G. player

    A player who is just a guy - an average player who doesn't matter in the big picture.

    Satellite player

    A versatile player such as James Whalen, who can play tight end and H-back and contributes on kick and punt coverage as well as kick returns.


    He's talking - most of the time - about a player who whiffed on a block, especially when the running back gets dropped for a loss or no gain.

    Street player

    A player who relies on athletic ability instead of technique.


    A running back who checks to see if there's a hole instead of accelerating into the hole and exploding through it. He says that's no different than sticking your toe in the swimming pool to see how cold the water is.


    "I think having two or three of those (satellite players) on your team is a great advantage. The player who most taught me that was Keith Byars."

    • • •
    "I don't like those guys. (E.R.W. players) That means they don't play or they only play if somebody gets hurt. I want 45 guys there that'll be playing or doing something."

    • • •
    "When I refer to street players, I'm thinking about New York City basketball guys. If you know the history of basketball, then you know there were some fabulous players that never got anywhere in the sport because they were just street players. They could do anything with the basketball, but they couldn't guard anyone."


    Parcells' favorite way to start a sentence is "Lookit ... " Here are some examples:

    Lookit - I'm not trying to be funny.

    Lookit - I'm not trying to be a psychologist.

    Lookit - I'm trying to be as truthful as I can.


    Ranking the top 10:

    1 "The quarterback is in charge of the chuck wagon. He's handing it out here and there, but he can't just throw it out there indiscriminately or the wolves will get him."

    2 "I'm trying to keep my own house from burning down. I can't worry about someone else's house."

    3 "The time to worry is before you place the bet - not after the wheel is spinning. Once it spins, you forget about it."

    4 "I don't like celebrity quarterbacks. We don't need those. We need battlefield commanders."

    5 "There are two sides to that pancake. One is brown and fluffy; the other is burned."

    6 "We're not playing solitaire out here."

    7 "Look, when you're starting to put something together, you want the pudding to come out good. You're trying to put in the right ingredients."

    8 "This season isn't going to be without several crises. There's no doubt about it. They're coming."

    9 "History doesn't mean anything in football; history means something in boxing."

    10 "I enjoy these players. They're beavers."


    Here are some of Parcells' favorite quotes, which he often repeats:

    "I love the game. I think it's a great game because you find out a lot about yourself. You test your mettle every week. There's no gray area, there's instant gratification and there are no quarterly reports. We're not just doing a little bit better. You know every Sunday what happened."

    • • •
    "I only want my team to play to its potential, as I perceive it to be. I really don't have any regard for anyone else's perception."

    • • •
    "I talked to the team a lot about staying power. You never find out if you have that until you've been beaten down a few times."

    • • •
    "Any penalty - I've told you a hundred times - can be eliminated by concentration or good judgment."

    • • •
    "My job is to call attention to the things that I think are the difference between winning and losing. If I can't do that, then I have failed as a coach."

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  2. BrownSugar

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    That was a pretty kool article, QCard!!
  3. Phrozen Phil

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    Fun info. I don't think he likes street players. He used that term on Ross. I think he sees street players as undisciplined.
  4. Cbz40

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    Excellent read......Thanks for posting it.
  5. MichaelWinicki

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    Outstanding article. Thank you.
  6. Hostile

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    JJT has written some articles lately that I enjoy reading. That was good.
  7. Rocco

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    I'm guessing he was talking about the cheerleaders here.. ;)
  8. TruBlueCowboy

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    Bill Parcells is a walking-talking quote machine. He may not allow the media as much access as other coaches but thirty minutes with Parcells is a hell of a lot more entertaining than one month with Campo or Gailey.
  9. adbutcher

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    Man! The Tuna is awesome! We are so lucky.
  10. LaTunaNostra

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    Nice article!!
  11. Bach

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    10 "I enjoy these players. They're beavers."

  12. kidcrook

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    Parcells has got to be one of the most intriguing personalities the league has ever seen. I think I lived for his press conferences and interviews during the season and I can't wait for next year. He's the best coach ever in my opinion.
  13. Mattsdad

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    Really enjoyed the article. Parcells is certainly a unique individual :)
  14. Jack

    Jack New Member

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    I wonder who he is stealing them from. :D
  15. LaTunaNostra

    LaTunaNostra He Made the Difference

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    My favorite quote -
    It isn't genius. It's just living for 62 years w/o eyes wide shut.
  16. Bach

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    We can scratch off Mickey from the list

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