Here Comes The Bill Parcells Fallout

Thursday, December 20, 2007


It seems I was a bit harsh on Chris Mortensen yesterday for botching the Bill Parcells report. It now appears that Parcells made a calculated move to get ESPN to up his price to the Dolphins and that's pretty low.

Anyway, now his own ex-coworkers are calling him out for the move along with every other major media outlet. Fox Sports has a very detailed report on how he's done this same thing multiple times and in the video below Skip Bayless and Jemele Hill take him to task for using the "Leader".

A sampling:

1. In 1979, he took a job as the Giants' linebackers coach. He then backed out, citing "personal reasons." So he stayed as the head coach at Air Force.

2. Two days after winning the Super Bowl in 1987, Parcells was rumored to be a candidate for the Falcons' coaching job.

"What is this?" he asked the media. "A witch hunt? I have no comment."

Of course, Parcells' agent, Robert Fraley, had already told the Falcons weeks earlier that Parcells was interested. And he was. The only reason Parcells didn't leave the Giants was that Commissioner Pete Rozelle stepped in and pointed out that he had what lawyers refer to as a "contract."



I think it's safe to say that Parcells won't be welcomed back to ESPN when he fails with the Dolphins. I know that Parcells is a Hall of Famer, but I've never really thought he was that great of a coach. That's just me though.

Parcells' history explains latest move (Fox Sports)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:07 PM

13 Comments:

Never say never. You should know that in the media by now. There's always room at ESPN for an ex-Cowboys/ex-Giants/ex-Jets/ex-Patriots coach.

J.J. said...
Dec 20, 2007, 3:10:00 PM  

Sorry for the second post, but I forgot: wasn't it two months ago when ARod and the Yankees were going through an equally nasty divorce that looked like there was no way in Hell for reconciliation?

J.J. said...
Dec 20, 2007, 3:11:00 PM  

man, i really, really, really, really, really hate skip bayless. Sorry, i just had to get that out.

Chris said...
Dec 20, 2007, 3:18:00 PM  

You should check out ESPN's bottom ticker. They are basically using the Parcells story to promote every show he appears on.

Anonymous said...
Dec 20, 2007, 3:22:00 PM  

Parcells will be through with his ESPN obligations after his radio show he has with Mort & Keyshawn on Friday and the final Monday Night Countdown Christmas Eve.

Rick James Bible Owner said...
Dec 20, 2007, 3:30:00 PM  

I agree, AA, Parcells is not a great coach. Good but not great.

GMoney said...
Dec 20, 2007, 3:33:00 PM  

What sane coach wouldn't do this...it makes sense to try to get the most $$$.

What, are we saying that ESPN is hurt by all of this? Puuuuhleeze.

There is no such thing as integrity in pro sports and big media.

hollywood wags said...
Dec 20, 2007, 3:48:00 PM  

Anyone hear watch NFL Live a few minutes ago? Someone tell them Bill isn't becoming the coach. It's "What will the offense look like under Parcells?" this and "How soon will he get the Dolphins to the playoffs?" that.

Morgan Wick said...
Dec 20, 2007, 4:34:00 PM  

as a dolphins fan i dont know what to think. i dont like him, but also i dont know how much power he will have. then again i SERIOUSLY doubt he is stupid enough to draft a kick returner in the top ten.

Mike Georger said...
Dec 20, 2007, 4:36:00 PM  

Yea it is just you....no matter if you like him or not. This man has flat out got it done. Come on, you are better than that.

Oh wait, you're a Redskins fan. Makes sense now.

Anonymous said...
Dec 20, 2007, 4:54:00 PM  

He smells like old folk.

Marcellus said...
Dec 20, 2007, 5:16:00 PM  

How in the hell do you get Bill from Duane Charles Parcells?

twoeightnine said...
Dec 21, 2007, 12:48:00 AM  

You missed his screw job of the Bucs after his retirement from the NYG when he was with NBC. Shortly after he went to NE. He taught Petrino and Saban how to do it. Infact I heard rumors today Saban's agent has called WVU.

Steve said...
Dec 21, 2007, 2:16:00 AM  

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