When Bill Parcells first stepped up to the podium in Miami and talked about his philosophy for building a team that would be better than the woeful 1-15 squad he inherited, Parcells was blunt in one specific area — character.
“I don’t want thugs and hoodlums on the team,” Parcells said at the time. “I really don’t. I don’t want
bad-character guys. I don’t want problem children.”
He might not want them, but he’s apparently had a few of them. And now he’s reportedly interested in another.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald (and as mentioned by Josh Alper in the Sunday morning one-liners), the Dolphins are expected to visit next week with guard Richie Incognito, whose antics in St. Louis got him cut during the 2009 season.
As Rams G.M. Billy Devaney recently said regarding Incognito, “There is 90 to 95 percent of Richie that is outstanding. It’s the
other 5 or 10 when the dark Richie kicks in and it becomes a problem.”
Perhaps Parcells has a specific definition that he applies to the term “thugs and hoodlums” and “problem children.” Perhaps a guy who periodically blows a fuse and acts like an complete idiot during a game isn’t, in Tuna’s book, a “thug” or a “hoodlum” or a “problem child.”
Either way, it would be nice if he’d explain it some more so we’d know whether he’s sticking to his word, or whether it was all just a bunch of talk that in the end yielded to the realities and the challenges of building a successful NFL team.