Source: Parcells could be in Dolphins mix... as GM

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    By Jason Cole, Yahoo! Sports
    October 25, 2007

    If Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga decides to make significant changes this offseason, don't be surprised if Bill Parcells surfaces as a top candidate to help in a resurrection of the 0-7 team.

    While such change is purely speculative and premature at this time, a source close to Parcells said it's completely logical.

    "It makes a lot of sense that the Dolphins would be a job he'd be very interested in if it came open," a source close to Parcells said Friday. "But only as the GM. I don't think he'll ever coach again."

    Huizenga told The Miami Herald last week he is not only unhappy with the state of the team this season, but that he would have the team conduct "internal self-studies" before he made decisions on the future of both general manager Randy Mueller and first-year coach Cam Cameron.

    Huizenga expressed his unhappiness again earlier this week at the NFL fall meetings in Philadelphia. However, Huizenga said he hadn't spoken with Parcells since playing golf with the former coach in the spring at Huizenga's private course, The Floridian, in Stuart, Fla.


    "That idea (of hiring Parcells) is a shock to me," Huizenga said.

    If the internal evaluations lead to massive change by Huizenga, Parcells, who is currently an analyst for ESPN, would be a logical candidate on a number of fronts. Parcells has great respect for Huizenga and the owner's style of not interfering with the football operations. While that doesn't make Parcells unique in the football world, he also has developed a social relationship with Huizenga.

    In addition, Parcells spends a lot of time in South Florida, particularly in the offseason because of his love of horse racing and baseball.

    For Huizenga, the move would be logical because he has always preferred a "star" system for running the Dolphins, putting one person in charge of the entire football operations. Since 1993, when Huizenga bought the team, that person has normally been the coach, as Huizenga had with Shula, Jimmy Johnson, Dave Wannstedt and Nick Saban.

    This is only the second year in which Huizenga has had a GM/coach set-up. The other time he did that was in 2004 with Wannstedt and Rick Spielman. That season was a disaster, starting 1-8 before the firing of Wannstedt and ultimately finishing 4-12.

    The catch is that Parcells likely doesn't want to coach again and would probably only want to be in an executive role.

    Parcells, 65, was general manager of the New York Jets in 2000 after retiring as coach. Also, according to a book published this fall, he held a private meeting with Giants executives late last season while coaching the Dallas Cowboys. Parcells expressed interest in succeeding Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, who retired after last season.

    Parcells, who won two Super Bowls as coach of the New York Giants in the 1990s, has been adamant about running the football operations since becoming the Patriots head coach in 1993. Parcells has coached the Jets and Cowboys since then, retiring from Dallas after last season.

    All of that said, Parcells has been wildly unpredictable throughout his career, ranging from changing his mind at the last minute in 1992 about coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to leaving the Patriots after leading them to the Super Bowl in the 1996 season. While with the Patriots at the Super Bowl in New Orleans that year, Parcells was calling the Jets to work out a contract.

    Jason Cole is a national NFL writer for Yahoo! Sports. Send Jason a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.

  2. BlueStar22

    BlueStar22 Well-Known Member

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    Parcells is great on TV. I love when he and Ditka get together.
  3. SkinsandTerps

    SkinsandTerps Redskins Forever

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    Talk about getting the chance to shop for the groceries.

    Seems like a smart move if it happens.
  4. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    I'd rather see him go there than back to the Giants.

    I think the man knows what he's doing.
  5. TheSkaven

    TheSkaven Last Man Standing

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    The Dolphins will probably have the #1 pick in the draft next year. I bet that would be awful tempting for the Tuna. I don't like the coaching situation down there, but the talent is not good either. This is the coach that decided to split carries between Ronnie Brown and Jessie Chapman at the beginning of the year. It took until about week 4 before he realized that Brown is lights out better than Chapman.

    Bad coaching decisions + poor personnel decisions = 0-7.
  6. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    After the Ginn blunder, anything would be an upgrade. Getting Parcells as a GM would be like Merriman using steroids again! :laugh2:
  7. kevwun

    kevwun New Member

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    He would make a good GM. The key would be in finding a coach that he would work well with.
  8. JPM

    JPM Well-Known Member

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    It wouldn't surprise me if Parcells is going to be "linked" to a few coaching and GM jobs that will become available.
  9. Oh_Canada

    Oh_Canada Well-Known Member

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    Any team bringing him in as a GM would be making a great a coach, not so much.
  10. InmanRoshi

    InmanRoshi Zone Scribe

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    Randy Mueller is proof that the "good ole boy" network exists in NFL front offices. He's been a disaster everywhere he's been, but he keeps getting GM jobs.
  11. sago1

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    Will be interesting to see how the Cowboys look at the end of the season. Bill brought the groceries here in Dallas (except most notably TO) so if most play very well that would be a strong recommendation for the Dolphins GM job. It's who he would select as his HC that would be the major decision. Can Parcells give the HC the necessary power to run the team the way the new HC would want--specifically 4-3 or 3-4. Wouldn't be surprised to see Parcells select someone off his coaching tree.

    I wonder who Parcells would draft with the first pick? Also how much are they under the cap?
  12. AsthmaField

    AsthmaField Outta bounds

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    Well, that will be the second coach that has left here and then went to Miami.

    Him and Jimmy would be fishing and drinking Corona all day long.

    I think you could do much worst than Bill as a GM. He'd be worlds better than Randy Mueller, IMO.
  13. JPM

    JPM Well-Known Member

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    He'll get fired from the Phins job, go to ESPN again for some "expert analysis" then a year later will get another GM job. He'll destroy that team, and the cycle will star all over again.
  14. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Yep. He's going to float these lines out there through his buddies and see if he gets any bites.

    One strange thing about this situation is that I've heard Parcells prop Mueller on his show as recently as a few weeks ago. He said the Dolphins were going through hard times, but unlike with some bad teams, he saw a plan in Miami. (He didn't elaborate on what it was, though.) So I'm pretty sure Mueller is one of his friends.

    I don't think Parcells would be that great a GM. What's he going to do, hire Al Groh? Actually, he might. Because whoever it is, he'll have some connection to Parcells.

    I know one thing, I wouldn't want to coach under him. Talk about having someone in your ear all the time thinking he could always do it better than you. Almost makes you wonder if he could resist pulling a Pat Riley and taking over himself.
  15. Dallyjake

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    He would jump at the chance for the DOLPHINS gm JOB. It would get him in direct competition with his son-in-law(Paoli) and Belicheat.
  16. cml750

    cml750 Well-Known Member

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    If he gets the job then he needs to hire someone to evaluate offensive lineman. He did a terrible job here in that regard. He did do a fairly good job on other positions.
  17. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    For both parties, I think.
  18. InmanRoshi

    InmanRoshi Zone Scribe

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    Parcells won't just be evaluating talent, he'll be in charge of completely rehaul the Dolphins front office and player personnel department. He had to do it with the Patriots, Jets and Cowboys to a lesser degree. What if Parcells offered Jeff Ireland the Dolphins' assistant GM job, with assurances that he would be his successor? Ireland knows he's never going to be the general manager for the Cowboys. He's awfully young to be content with a job with no upward mobility.
  19. SkinsandTerps

    SkinsandTerps Redskins Forever

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    If he got the GM job the Bill Cowher rumors would hit full tilt. Cameron would go elsewhere as an OC, the possibilities are fun to consider.
  20. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    I thought Parcells and his crew already established that you don't steal people from the "family"...

    Or is that only when it doesn't benefit them? ;)

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