Parcells' desire to enjoy pursuits led to retirement
Posted: Tuesday January 23, 2007 2:20PM; Updated: Tuesday January 23, 2007 2:20PM
While their their personalities would seem to clash on paper, in reality Jerry Jones and Bill Parcells got along very well.
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Two things I know for sure in the wake of Bill Parcells' departure from the Cowboys:
1. Jerry Jones did not force Parcells out, in any way, shape or form. Earlier in his career, Parcells wouldn't have enjoyed the hands-on policies of the league's ultimate hands-on owner, but he knew the deal when he took the job four seasons ago, and Jones didn't bug Parcells. Parcells liked him and will continue to have a good bond with him.
2. The specter of coaching Terrell Owens for another season had nothing to do with Parcells walking away. Take this to the bank: All the voices you hear talking about either Owens getting his way and getting Parcells out, or Parcells being so fed up with this immature child that he's rather retire than coach another year ... it's bunk. Total bunk.
Parcells is 65. Who knows how much money he has socked away, even after his recent divorce -- $15 million? $20 million? -- but whatever it is, it's enough to live comfortably for a long time. And he likes baseball, and the horses, and his condo in Florida and his recently constructed retirement home in upstate New York. Don't try to over-analyze this one. The guy just wants a life. Maybe he'll do some TV this fall and for the next few falls, or maybe he takes a manageable consulting job with some team. I doubt he'll coach again, but in the immortal words of Parcells, "They don't sell insurance for those kinds of things.'' Stay tuned.
Now onto your e-mail:
GOOD QUESTION ABOUT REGGIE BUSH. From Zach Vander Meeden, of San Jose, Calif.: "Not that it mattered at the end of the day, but why wasn't Reggie Bush flagged for taunting at the end of his touchdown run? And if the NFL is serious about cracking down on this type of activity, shouldn't they follow the NBA's lead and start issuing taunting penalties at a more consistent rate or even give fines after a certain amount of taunting penalties in a season?''
That's the same thing I wondered about in the press box watching the game. I think the crew should have called it, and yes, I agree with your idea that it would be good to sanction players more seriously after they get X number of flags for unsportsmanlike conduct or taunting.
THE JETS HAVE A QUARTERBACK-IN-WAITING. From Adam, of Berkeley Heights, N.J.: "In your Jets comment this week, you say "Work hard, Kellen Clemens. Your chance is coming." Do you really think Clemens can be the real deal for the Jets or will they be stuck with Chad Pennington for a few more years before going out and getting someone else in the draft or free agency?''