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Parcells Still Has Regrets For Leaving Cowboys Early

Discussion in 'Overtime Zone' started by Doomsday101, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    While Parcells spent just four years coaching the Cowboys, making the playoffs twice but failing to win a postseason game, he has nothing but fond memories of his time in Dallas, and of his relationship with Jones, whom many pundits never dreamed would be able to work with the fiery head coach.

    “I liked my experience there,” Parcells says. “It didn’t turn out perfect from a record-standpoint. I understand all of that. But I learned a lot and I enjoyed working there.

    “Jerry and I are pretty good friends. I don’t know whether or not people know that. We talk a little bit. I wouldn’t say frequently. We talk a little bit. We talked recently. It’s good. And I’m close with Stephen [Jones], too. I enjoyed working there with the Joneses. They were supportive and tried to help.”

    While there might be a national perception that Jerry Jones calls all of the shots and doesn’t listen to those around him, especially his head coach, Parcells says in his time there, that was the furthest thing from the truth, calling it a huge misperception about the Cowboys’ owner and general manager.

    “Oh yeah, definitely. I think it’s distorted,” Parcells says. “I think there’s a definite misperception. I just think everyone thinks a certain way. I didn’t see it to be that way. I think Jerry is a good businessman and a good listener. What you have to do is make sense to him. You’ve got to make sense to him. If he thinks you’re making sense, he’ll alter his opinion. I enjoyed him. I like him. I like him a lot.”

    One of things for which Jones gets criticized the most is the way he apparently dabbles in the team’s football operations, although as the general manager, doing so is certainly within his job description. Jerry is a hands-on owner, but according to Parcells, that passion is what drew him to the Cowboys job in the first place.

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  2. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Moderator

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    Certainly a lot of folks like to twist the truth when it comes to Jerry and how the Cowboys are run.

    cough *agenda* cough
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  3. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I agree. That does not mean that Jerry is absolved for how this team has played or trades that have not worked out but I do think this notion Jerry is only concerned with himself or that he does not rely on others in making the moves that have taken place are more in peoples own preception not the reality of the situation. I also think the notion that a big name coach would never want to work for Jerry is untrue.
  4. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Editor

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    Really good article about BP... I liked the candor and I liked some of the anecdotes in it, especially about Witten putting dumbells in his pockets to make weight so he could play. lol

    On the flip side, Romo needs to retire the ball-lost story... It's about 10 years old now. Time to let it go.
  5. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Admin

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    Cool story from the article...

    One of Witten’s favorite Parcells stories stems from his rookie season, when the tight end suffered a broken jaw, much like the injury Bavarro had while playing for Parcells, who made sure to point out to Witten that Bavarro didn’t miss a single game.

    Witten missed one – which is now the only game he’s ever missed – and could’ve possibly missed another as Parcells was closely monitoring his weight, which had dropped dramatically because he wasn’t able to eat as much.

    “He told me I couldn’t play if I didn’t make my weight,” Witten recalled. “So the day he went to weigh me, I hid some 5-pound dumbbells in my pockets. I was able to get close enough in my weight and played that next game.”

    And he’s never missed a game since.
  6. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Witten story is pretty funny. Hard to believe he has missed 1 game.
  7. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Moderator

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    Jerry does not get absolved for the performance of the team or the lousy trades.
  8. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Yep. I do think things are turning around in Dallas and I think the personnel is improving.
  9. Clove

    Clove Shrinkage

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    I loved Parcells when he was here.
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  10. Dodger

    Dodger Indomitable

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    I really enjoy articles like this. Good read.
  11. Fla Cowpoke

    Fla Cowpoke Well-Known Member

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    It is a good read and Parcells was a good hire for the Cowboys. Disappointed that he didn't stick around after the Seatlle playoff game. Would have loved to see how he used that painful loss to keep the Boys motivated. I certainly think we would have made a SB run the next year. He wouldn't have let the team get comfortable.
  12. Boyzmamacita

    Boyzmamacita CowBabe Up!!! Zone Supporter

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    I was mad at Parcells when he left. I felt like he took Jerry's money and ran, left us high and dry. But who knows what personal reasons he had for leaving? I appreciate what he did when he was here. I just wish that he had finished the job.
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  13. Sportsbabe

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    I think I said this last week. Dag I'm good:p
  14. Zordon

    Zordon Well-Known Member

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    Me too. It still bothers me to this day that he didn't stay to finish the plan.

    Honestly a lot about 2006-2010 bothers me. So much lost potential IMO....
  15. ElGatoGrande

    ElGatoGrande EGG

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    Parcells put his finger on it, Jerry can be persuaded that he is wrong about some things and he will alter his opinion, but he's less persuadable by coaches who do not have a lot of clout, even if they are better football men. Parcells didn't have any problems with Jerry because anything he said had immediate clout with Jerry, no such luck for the "lesser" head coaches and assistants. That's my main problem about him, in almost every other way he is a great owner.
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  16. Doomsday101

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    Not always, Parcells wanted Spears ahead of Ware, Ireland lobbied for Ware and Jerry took Ware. As for the current staff, I think Jerry does respect Garrett views and looking at the draft the last couple of years I think it shows
  17. ElGatoGrande

    ElGatoGrande EGG

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    I think so too, hence my phrasing "less persuadable",,, Red seems to be doing better than Wade or Campo or Gailey, et al.
  18. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Did you really want him listening to Switzer or Campo?
  19. JBell

    JBell That's still my Quarterback

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    That story about Witten was awesome.
  20. ElGatoGrande

    ElGatoGrande EGG

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    Absolutely, all that blame youre so quickly pawning off on those coaches sshould be laid at the feet of the person who was actually running things,,, Jerry.

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