In a case of ESPN-on-ESPN crime based not on conflicting reports but on conflicting personalities, Jason Taylor has lashed out at Bill Parcells.
Taylor, a former Dolphins defensive end who now serves as an ESPN commentator, and Parcells, a former Dolphins executive who now serves as an ESPN commentator, did not see eye to eye when they were together in Miami and still do not see eye to eye now that they’re together in Bristol.
Taylor told the Miami Herald that he is “not the biggest Bill Parcells fan,” saying that Parcells did a lousy job running the Dolphins from 2008 to 2010.
And the Herald says that “Taylor blasted Parcells” when discussing the way Parcells did his job as executive V.P. of football operations. Taylor ripped Parcells dealt for his “lack of building for the future, and the lack of commitment on his part.”
Taylor had been one of the best and most popular Dolphins for a decade when Parcells arrived, but Parcells traded him to the Redskins shortly after Parcells got the job in Miami. After Taylor was released by the Redskins a year later Parcells signed him to a one-year deal, but after that year ended Parcells wasn’t interested in having him back, so Taylor left for the Jets. After Parcells left, Taylor returned for a third stint with the Dolphins in 2011.
When Taylor got the job at ESPN this year, he said he didn’t think Parcells would want him there.
“If Bill had anything to do with hiring me, they wouldn’t have hired me or they would get rid of me,” Taylor told the Herald. “I haven’t talked to Bill since he got rid of me a second time.”
If Taylor and Parcells bump into each other at the ESPN Christmas party, it won’t be pretty.