Bill Parcells doesn’t have a blank check to spend owner Stephen Ross’ money, but it’s clear the Tuna has a lot of freedom.
“I don’t try to micromanage him. You can’t look at every dollar you
spend,” Ross told reporters Monday, as transcribed by Tim Graham of ESPN. “One thing I found out: Sports is different than business. From a
businessman, when it comes to what you do for paying players, you have
to have a little different discipline than you’d otherwise have.”
It sounds like deals like the Karlos Dansby contract barely needed approval from Ross. Parcells informs the owner what the team will do. It gives the team some leeway to make expensive mistakes.
“I’m putting my money with Bill Parcells and our organization,” Ross said. Later, he added, “I say ‘Hey, what counts is on the field.’ That’s what he’s looking to
do: deliver winners.”
Parcells’ last boss had the same objective, but his management style couldn’t have been more different.