It’s really hard to look at Bill Parcells and call him a liar. Mainly because he scares the hell out of you, but also because frankly, you just never can tell if he is. Take for example last years off-season romance of Parcells and then DE Jason Taylor. Parcells was very adamant that he would not trade the pro-bowl DE. Yep, we all know how that ended up. As Parcells would tell you, things change. So when he says that he is staying with the Miami Dolphins through 2009 we should believe him…right?
Parcells told Trey Wingo of ESPN yesterday that he will “Definitely” be staying with Miami through 2009. Stating that the team still needs “A lot more players”. Parcells wants make sure that his two proteges’ Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano are fully prepared to take over the reigns of the team. Almost like waiting to allow your two eldest children to take over your company.
“I’m going to be with Miami until I feel that the team is in position and Jeff and Tony have enough experience that they can handle it,” Parcells said.
Parcells and Co. have a lot to do. It has already begun with negotiations between the team and their own free agents. The Phins are looking to retain Vernon Carey but have not finalized a deal and are still presumably in the “water testing” phase. On the Channing Crowder front, it is becoming more and more likely that Crowder will test the free agent market as the two sides are bitterly far apart. According to sources, Crowder is “insulted” with the initial Fins offer.
Bill Parcells is not in the position of making friends with his players. Sure he has had a few on the field that he would consider such but for BP it’s all about winning, team concept and chemistry, and value vs. price. Crowder doesn’t necessarily fit that “value vs. price” category.
So Bill Parcells is staying in Miami through 2009 but of course will not commit to anything beyond that and most believe that he will be gone by 2010 unless the team should somehow make the AFC Championship game or something. So for now, I will believe what he has to say…until something changes.