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Bill Parcells believes his departure hurt the Dolphins

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Bill Parcells departed his post as a Dolphins executive during the 2010 season, and it’s a move he believes hurt the franchise.

“I think my leaving created a situation that was not good for the Dolphins retrospectively,” Parcells, now an ESPN analyst and a 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, said in a conference call with media Wednesday.

When Parcells was asked about what he considered the highs and lows of his Dolphins tenure, which lasted less than three seasons, he said: “I’ve thought about it a lot.”

Parcells indicated having a first-time owner (Stephen Ross), head coach (Tony Sparano) and GM (Jeff Ireland) created some challenges, calling it “a difficult dynamic, because everyone, rightfully so, wants to put their own mark on the franchise, and they have every right to do that.”

Parcells indicated he believes his departure created some “political” issues.

Said Parcells: “I saw things happen that I would have made every effort to try to avoid.”

Parcells didn’t mention any specific events. However, the dynamic between Ross, Sparano and Ireland came under scrutiny after the 2010 season when Ross made a pitch for then-Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh with Sparano still under contract.

On the conference call, Parcells was also asked about the Dolphins’ free-agent spending under Ireland this offseason.

“I think they’re trying to definitely improve the team, and I’m sure that everybody that’s involved is in agreement with the course of action that they’re taking, so hopefully it will work out for them,” Parcells said.

Parcells also believes Miami has a shot in the AFC East this season.

“I think their division is such that they can be competitive, and even maybe have a chance to win it, so I’m hopeful that goes well for them,” he said. “I do have a high regard for Steve Ross. I like him very much. I talk to him from time to time, and I certainly wish him well.”

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  1. hehateme2 says: Jul 17, 2013 2:12 PM

    Parcells leaving was one of the better things he could have done…. wish he’d gone to Atlanta instead.

    He’s a outdated blowhard. He model no longer works. The Dolphins are better off without him.

    He came and grabbed the money and ran…coward.

  2. trevorhilkin says: Jul 17, 2013 2:18 PM

    Pat White. End of discussion

  3. floratiotime says: Jul 17, 2013 2:18 PM

    Parcells rode Belichick to fame and fortune. He doesn’t bring a lot to the party, but has gotten to the HOF by stealing the work of others. Bravo …

  4. ken0west says: Jul 17, 2013 2:20 PM

    Parcells drafting hurt the Dolphins.

    His 20th century offense philosophy and FG loving coach he hired hurt the Dolphins.

    Thanks for leaving.

  5. mattwalshvideo says: Jul 17, 2013 2:22 PM

    And with taking Jake Long over Matt Ryan , who can argue?

  6. citizenstrange says: Jul 17, 2013 2:23 PM

    Parcells last playoff win was in 1998 with the Jets.

    In three seasons with the Jets, Parcells had one playoff appearance with one win and one loss.

    In four seasons with the Cowboys, Parcells had two playoff appearances and zero wins.

    The Dolphis made the playffs the year Brady was out for the season.

    I think it’s safe to say that Parcells hasn’t had any magic football potion for a while.

  7. dolfandave2 says: Jul 17, 2013 2:24 PM

    I guess I would like someone very much too if they wrote me checks for millions of dollars. he he he :)

  8. Ron says: Jul 17, 2013 2:29 PM

    In my opinion when he was in Dallas he did do a few things to help the Cowboys. But he did somethings that hurt the Cowboys like change the defense from the 4-3 to the 3-4 and Dallas went down hill from there. He sold JJ on idea that the 3-4 was the better defense. Dallas has never won a game because of that defense they lost more because of it. JJ and Garrett decided to go back to 4-3 defense this year. Dallas has won all their SB’s playing the 4-3 defense because it is just out an out better. Dallas had the personal for the 4-3 even when Parcells was in Dallas he came in and Changed to something that the Players them selves had never played.

  9. drainbameged says: Jul 17, 2013 2:30 PM

    No…it didn’t…

  10. biggs13 says: Jul 17, 2013 2:37 PM

    Might as well call him T-Rex. He’s prehistoric philosophy set us back 4 years.

  11. tedmurph says: Jul 17, 2013 2:37 PM

    He did a lot to save the franchise in NE, I get that, and he gives great sound bites. However, as great a coach as he was, he’s a mercenary and it’s always been about him. Love how he now says he wished he’s stayed in NE to finish the job. After the way he left, FU.

  12. punksinplay says: Jul 17, 2013 2:38 PM

    I think it was his arrival that hurt the Dolphins.

  13. kingpel says: Jul 17, 2013 2:39 PM

    Jerry Jones should never have let Parcells get away. That team’s development stalled after he left under Garrett and Phillips and we wont see a change until Jerry brings in a REAL football guy to run things. Face it, Jerry. You cant do it on your own and you have wasted years of your top players careers proving that.

  14. jimmyt says: Jul 17, 2013 2:39 PM

    floratiotime says:
    Jul 17, 2013 2:18 PM
    Parcells rode Belichick to fame and fortune. He doesn’t bring a lot to the party, but has gotten to the HOF by stealing the work of others. Bravo …

    Little early in the day to be that drunk friend.

  15. mattwalshvideo says: Jul 17, 2013 2:40 PM

    As for Parcells riding Belicheat to fame? Comedy.

    Belicheat took all of Parcells drafted players (Troy Brown, Teddy Brushi, Ted Johnson, Ty Law and on down the line.) then signed all of Parcells FA jets players, fell into Tom Brady and on top of it cheated like no other ever has.

    Belicheat is the biggest head coaching fraud ever, take Brady away and Belicheat and his cameras would have been fired 11 years ago.

  16. donth8miami says: Jul 17, 2013 2:43 PM

    FRAUD

  17. justintuckrule says: Jul 17, 2013 2:47 PM

    citizenstrange says:
    Jul 17, 2013 2:23 PM
    Parcells last playoff win was in 1998 with the Jets.

    In three seasons with the Jets, Parcells had one playoff appearance with one win and one loss.

    In four seasons with the Cowboys, Parcells had two playoff appearances and zero wins.

    The Dolphis made the playffs the year Brady was out for the season.

    I think it’s safe to say that Parcells hasn’t had any magic football potion for a while.
    —————–
    Except for the fact that each of the teams above hadn’t sniffed the playoffs in eons before Parcells took them over. Same goes for the Giants. The “magic potion” isn’t winning SBs with every team he’s been with. It’s turning them from perennial laughingstocks into respectable franchises that you can’t just walk over any longer.

  18. melikefootball says: Jul 17, 2013 2:49 PM

    Bill must becoming bored he has had a reaction for every other rumor on this board.

  19. patriotenvy says: Jul 17, 2013 2:53 PM

    He created polical issues in New England while he was there, and cost Patriots a superbowl. Kick it to Desmond, again! I remember he didn’t even return with the team.

  20. 6ball says: Jul 17, 2013 2:53 PM

    .

    Good point regarding Parcells decision to take Jake Long over Matt Ryan. It dramatically changed the fortunes of two franchises.

    .

  21. ebr362 says: Jul 17, 2013 2:58 PM

    Talk about a man making a living off his past! He did more harm in showing up than saban did leaving!

  22. tedmurph says: Jul 17, 2013 3:02 PM

    Very good mwalsh, what about Parcells stealing CMartin, the best player on either team, with a poison pill contract that’s illegal now. BB signed the jets throwaways and has-beens, like BHamilton. And he still couldn’t win. Never has won a SB w/o BB. Fact.

    As for Brady, wonder what Walsh does w/o Montana. Bad argument.

  23. kmacg1977 says: Jul 17, 2013 3:07 PM

    enough of parcells today.

  24. marcuswelby1 says: Jul 17, 2013 3:08 PM

    mattwalshvideo says:
    Jul 17, 2013 2:40 PM
    As for Parcells riding Belicheat to fame? Comedy.

    Belicheat took all of Parcells drafted players (Troy Brown, Teddy Brushi, Ted Johnson, Ty Law and on down the line.) then signed all of Parcells FA jets players, fell into Tom Brady and on top of it cheated like no other ever has.

    Belicheat is the biggest head coaching fraud ever, take Brady away and Belicheat and his cameras would have been fired 11 years ago.

    ——————————————————————-

    Yeah but that “Coaching fraud” will be a first ballot Hall of Famer!

  25. doe22us says: Jul 17, 2013 3:12 PM

    Are Chris Berman and Tom J.. still kissing his backside… these two should be no 1 cheerleaders of the Parcel’s pom pom fanclub.

  26. finhead17 says: Jul 17, 2013 3:12 PM

    Does anybody realize that there’s not a single player left from the 2008 draft? (Parcells first btw) I can’t even give this guy an ounce of credit because his only true finds were Brian Hartline and Reshad Jones since Ireland scouted Wake in the CFL. Parcells was responsible for bringing Pennington to town, but if it weren’t for David Lee’s wildcat, who knows what would’ve happened that season. Finally… FINALLY Ireland and Philbin are getting this team on track for success in the long Haul.

  27. phinjunky1985 says: Jul 17, 2013 3:12 PM

    Was glad when Parcells took over franchise but his leaving was the best thing that happened to the dolphins since Wanstedt did. And those people that had so many problems when he left ;um,he hired them. Open – passing NFL with great quarterbacks was too much for him. Parcells is a legend in his own mind.

  28. bbk1000 says: Jul 17, 2013 3:23 PM

    Thanks to the Dolphins fans for all these laughs….you know absolutely nothing about football, but you are entertaining.

  29. thegonz13 says: Jul 17, 2013 3:28 PM

    We like ourselves very much, don’t we Bill?

    Signed

    The Church Lady

  30. phinfan says: Jul 17, 2013 3:31 PM

    Um not quite. His approach set us back. Look at the two franchise reconstructing at the same time and needed parcells (falcons and fins) falcons unlike fins have done much better without him

  31. boltsup says: Jul 17, 2013 4:03 PM

    Parcells fell off back when he left The Jets, Miami is in great position without you they are happy you left… They successfully cleaned up the mess you abandoned… I never liked Parcells especially how he treated T.O. if not for Parcells T.O.’s move to Dallas may have started and ended much smoother… No1 has produced as much as Terrell Owens did in his time in Big D, no doubt about it..

  32. ambitoos says: Jul 17, 2013 4:04 PM

    Bill Parcells is a great coach. The problem is he keeps quitting his job. He reminds me of Larry Brown in the NBA. He just gets it going and then he quits.

  33. tomtravis76 says: Jul 17, 2013 4:08 PM

    He was the boss though as they were AFC east champions. They haven’t sniffed the playoffs since.

  34. w0rkh0lic1 says: Jul 17, 2013 4:17 PM

    floratiotime says:
    Jul 17, 2013 2:18 PM
    Parcells rode Belichick to fame and fortune. He doesn’t bring a lot to the party, but has gotten to the HOF by stealing the work of others. Bravo …

    ———————

    I’m a Belichick fan, but that is just nonsense. Parcels took 4 teams to the playoffs as a coach, 3 teams to conference championship games, had 3 Super Bowl appearances and won 2 Super Bowls with 2 different quarterbacks. ( not counting the playoffs and division title while he was with the dolphins ). He is worthy of his HOF induction based on his many football accomplishments.

    How many coaches come and go in the NFL with little or no success? Plenty never make the playoffs a single time. Some never even post a winning season once. So to think a coach could help lead 4 different franchises with totally different rosters, strengths, weaknesses, to winning records and playoff appearances, including Super Bowl wins and not be deserving of recognition is just plain old ignorance. Once Belichick goes and takes another franchise to a Super Bowl appearance without Brady, then you might be able to try and argue your point intelligently. Until then… Let the grown ups talk..

  35. glazerh8er says: Jul 17, 2013 4:20 PM

    Any Cowboys fan worth their weight YEARNS for the day Parcells comes back so someone with a backbone can keep Jerry in check. Cowboys will always flounder without that type of character as a coach with Jerry as GM. He went to terrible Jets, Cowboys, and Dolphins teams and maybe only the Dolphins can actually say he didn’t turn them around.

  36. kingpel says: Jul 17, 2013 4:25 PM

    bbk1000 says: Jul 17, 2013 3:23 PM

    Thanks to the Dolphins fans for all these laughs….you know absolutely nothing about football, but you are entertaining.
    ……………………………………………………………………..

    And when they finish in last place in their division and all their free agent signings bust, heads are going to roll. Poor saps.

  37. kingpel says: Jul 17, 2013 4:26 PM

    finhead17 says: Jul 17, 2013 3:12 PM

    Does anybody realize that there’s not a single player left from the 2008 draft?
    ………………………………………………………………………
    That’s because most of them left your team via free agency. Not because they weren’t good players. Wake up!

  38. raiderapologist says: Jul 17, 2013 4:35 PM

    Is this Parcell’s birthday? He sure is getting a lot of run today.

  39. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 17, 2013 4:39 PM

    Parcells the greatest coach ever. Hey, he got Dallas in the playoffs with Romo at QB. That’s doing something.

  40. EJ says: Jul 17, 2013 4:40 PM

    jimmyt says:
    Jul 17, 2013 2:39 PM

    floratiotime says:
    Jul 17, 2013 2:18 PM
    Parcells rode Belichick to fame and fortune. He doesn’t bring a lot to the party, but has gotten to the HOF by stealing the work of others. Bravo …

    Little early in the day to be that drunk friend.

    Agreed. Apparently he has drank himself drunk. It was Belichick who was the friend who received the benefits in that relationship, not Parcells.

  41. finsbooyah says: Jul 17, 2013 5:02 PM

    Parcells was involved in 3 drafts for the Dolphins in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

    There was a total of 26 players drafted in those 3 years.

    Only 8 of those 26 players are currently on the Dolphins roster. 4 of those 8 are full time starters (none of the first rounders) and 3 of the 8 are in danger of not making the 53 man roster after this training camp.

    Very successful indeed.

  42. tedmurph says: Jul 17, 2013 5:10 PM

    Workaholic, yes, Parcells led 4 different franchises as a coach and one as a president. That’s because he quit/retired on all of them when the going got tough or he didn’t get his way. Not to mention the times he ‘played’ teams like Tbay and NOrleans in between. He left most franchises in better shape than when he got there, but he took most of them over when they were at the bottom. Don’t give this guy more credit than he deserves, he has a duplicitous streak. All three SB appearences were with BB on staff.

  43. jrcoop says: Jul 17, 2013 5:12 PM

    Bringing in Parcells seemed like a good idea at the time to most people, but in hindsight, they would have probably been better off bringing Shula out of retirement to be grand poobaa. At least Shula was willing to adapt to new styles of play rather than stubbornly stick with out dated ideas.

    Ironically, the best thing that might come from his tenure could be Ireland. This years results will determine that however.

  44. colv says: Jul 17, 2013 5:36 PM

    Overrated. HOF really.

  45. makenobones says: Jul 17, 2013 5:39 PM

    “It hurt them when I left” says man with enormous ego.

  46. doggeatdogg says: Jul 17, 2013 6:31 PM

    What’s up with Bill. He regrets leaving the Dolphins, regrets leaving the Patriots. Maybe he is having some guilt enjoying all those millions for little work.

  47. spfripp says: Jul 17, 2013 7:10 PM

    His departure hurt the Dolphins ? What about his arrival?

  48. dd393 says: Jul 17, 2013 9:02 PM

    So did his arrival.

  49. Raddion says: Jul 17, 2013 9:13 PM

    All these comments are hilarious. No Parcells, and Orthwein moves the Patriots to St. Louis. It was within hours of being a reality. I still have all the newspapers in a plastic bin downstairs somewhere. Bill Parcells is the Patriot version of Jesus Christ. That’s a fact. And Kraft is Moses lol…

  50. drewrey88 says: Jul 18, 2013 11:15 AM

    It wasn’t Parcells departure that hurt the Dolphins, It was his arrival!!!!!!

  51. irkjames says: Jul 18, 2013 5:20 PM

    Bill Parcells departure hurt the Dolphins in the same way it hurt when he arrived.

    3 years of prolonged stinging that trickled over for an additional 2 years.

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