How Does Parcells Rank In Miami Failures?

If you took a stroll around the internet yesterday you would have stumbled across a story that began making it’s rounds as well.  It involves Bill Parcells, no real surprise there.  Not at least given the state of the Miami Dolphins these days.  Seems that most of what is wrong with this team can or could be attributed to the mistakes of Bill Parcells.

It’s easy to remember the beginning of the 2010 season.  Fans had high expectations, Brandon Marshall arrived, Karlos Dansby arrived, and Bill Parcells, a week before week 1 regular season, quit.  His departure was criticized more for the timing of his escape more than the escape itself.  Many fans and some media pointed to the QB situation as a reason he bailed.  Others said that he realized this team wasn’t going anywhere and was done.  Still others said he simply quit and took the money while more said it was simply his time to leave and turn the franchise over to those he put into position to manage it.

So while the debate raged on about why he left, the team mired itself in mediocrity only adding more fuel to the Bill Parcell departure fire.

Now, according to various reports around the web, Parcells is back in the news.  This time because he openly says that he was a consultant of NY Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum when it came to offering an opinion on the Jets hiring Rex Ryan.  And that has the fans stirred up, once again.

Page 2 poll is now open.

The story is simple.  It goes like this.  Bill Parcells told someone at ESPN that Tannenbaum called him to get his thoughts on Rex Ryan as a HC.  Tannenbaum and Parcells are friends.  Parcells gave a glowing recommendation to MT about Ryan and the rest of that part of the story is, history.  Parcells also told ESPN that he absolutely loved Rex Ryan, had tons of respect for his father, and thought this guy was going to be one of the greats, to paraphrase not exaggerate.

The question became then why Tony Sparano?  Parcells said that his very good working relationship with Tony in Dallas was the reason he brought him to Miami.  If not Tony, then Rex?  Parcells said yes.

Now, let’s look at this from a couple of different sides.  The first is what would Ryan have done in Miami?  Aside from the change in attitude  of the players he would have had when he arrived, the talent pool in Miami was nowhere near as good as in NY and the veterans that he brought in there, would not have fallen into the Bill Parcells way of rebuilding the Dolphins so we can take out those veteran moves.  The question then becomes could Rex Ryan have made the Dolphins a winner with the same team that Sparano had in 2008, 2009, and 2010?  It’s debatable…so have at it.

The next question has more to do with what has fans irritated now, the “collusion” factor of the Mike Tannenbaum counseling.

Parcells was in fact under contract with the Miami Dolphins in 2007.  Late 2007 while Cam Cameron was still the coach.  He was employed by Wayne Huizenga.  Some say that being he was under contract should be enough to allow current Dolphins owner Stephen Ross file a grievance with the NFL.

It won’t happen.  Or at least I don’t think there would be much ground to stand on.

While Parcells’ move was not the smartest in the world and to be honest I put this entire episode into the typical “Parcellian Ego” category, he really only offered some advice to a friend, something does go on in the NFL.  Don Shula had given advice to other teams as well while still under the employ of the Dolphins but not in the AFC East or the AFC for that matter.

Parcells’ decision to speak with Tannenbaum was foolish on his part and he is quickly trying to shed the last 3 years from his legacy.  His hitch to Dan Henning, his decisions regarding player personnel, the coaches and the GM are all under scrutiny.  It’s no wonder why he quit.

The surprising part really isn’t that all of these thinks happened.  The surprising part is that after 3 years of self imposed silence, his willingness to talk openly about it on so many levels is the surprising part.

But then again, it’s Parcells, does anything really surprise you?

So what do you think?  Where does Bill Parcells fit in the Miami Dolphins list of management mistakes?  You tell us!

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  • Brian Miller

    I meant to say in the article that it is very clear that this team is far better talented than what was here in 2008 when Parcells came on board, the idea of the poll came from how much Parcells has done compared to what most expected to have done.

  • ljholt

    I think this list of choices demonstrates an unrealistic look at the situation. Cam Cameron/Randy Mueller, Rick Spielman, and Dave Wannstedt may not have been the greatest coaches and decision makers. But to say they hurt things more than Nick Saban who bolted without warning, or Bill Parcells who raked the organization financially and ran, or Jimmy Johnson who at least gave it some sense of a shot, is out there. The first group at least made a good faith effort; to be put with the people who I feel are greedy self-centered and full of themselves (Saban, Parcells) seems a bit cruel.

  • dodgeguy

    saban quit PERIOD!his drafting sucked your no#1 ain’t supposed to be a career special teamer. that bein’ said,he backed us up for quite a while because that’s when it started to not be the glamour job.ever since no real quality people have wanted the miami job.the rest on the list atleast all tried their best in my opinion,none of them truly wanted to fail!but saban made the bucks and wanted ‘bama the whole time.parcells had the out because of huizenga sellin’ and he didn’t like ross but thats business

  • Shula knows

    DEPRESSING (funny…read below)

    This team has lost its direction and identity with so many unqualified HC’s in the past few years…Wandstead, Cameron, Saban, Sparano.

    Having to pick from Miami’s last 4 coaches (and GM’s) is truly depressing. I do not know which was (is) the worse NFL coach. They were all horrible in their own ways and set the program back years. To think that if only one of the last 4 coaches and GM’s would have been somewhat qualified, Miami might have had a good run like the Jets and the Patriots.

    SAD, that the most exciting event in 2011 for Dolphin fans is waiting for the season to be over.

    FOR ME, if the season tanks in 2011 as many expect (much tougher schedule with the NFC East and Inter conference games)…how many empty seats will be there. This could be a very entertaining SOAP opera between the cast of Ross, Sparano and Ireland….

    Two ideas to describe the Dolphins season as it unfolds:

    1 — “As the World Turns”….the Dolphin World turns, churns and burns….Producer, Stephen Ross, lead child actor Jeff Ireland (made famous by his jaw dropping audition…is your mother a prostitute or just a drug dealer memorable scene?) and betrayed and spurned partner, Tony Sparano as himself…don’t miss the fist pumping action! Touchdowns are only optional….and this film is not yet rated.


    2 — “Days of Our life”…will Sparano and Ireland get back together again or will Ross take a honeymoon flight around the globe to find the next best fist pumping offensive line coach or new college starlight and will Brian Daboll (please body slam me on the field – see my video) and Sparano find true love.

  • Dolphin Jay

    Drew Brees was in the Dolphins facility close to signing a contract and Nick Saban killed the deal, sent Brees home because he traded for Daunte Cullpepper. Thats all you need to know about Nick Sabans tenure as Dolphins coach. that one decision has set the franchise back YEARS.

    Nick Saban, may you rot in hell!!!

  • DolfanMitch

    I think it’s clear that the one who did the most to hurt the Phins was PornSTACHE. He took a perennial playoff contender and drove it straight into the ground as only the official franchise wrecking ball could.

    Inherited a STUD defense left in place by Jimmah. Had a chance to get a franchise QB in Drew Brees (passed on him for a 4th string CB in 2001 – 1st round). Had a chance to pick up a true #1 WR in 2003 (passed on him for a crap STs player who couldn’t make it as a back-up MLB in Miami’s defense – 2nd round). This is to say nothing of the fact that he continuously traded away future draft picks for draft day busts (Morlon Greenwood – 3rd round, Wade Smith – 3rd round in successive years come to mind – and both trades came at the cost of higher, future draft picks). This is to say nothing of all his OTHER draft day busts, FA busts, and worse over his complete mismanagement of the salary cap. As the one with final say on all personnel, all of this fell right on him.

    These are things this franchise has still not yet recovered from.