In the end Bill Parcells will be remembered as a solid coach that will one day be a Hall of Fame coach who was always fun to watch. But, while Parcells rides off in the sunset, leaving the Dallas Cowboys without winning a playoff game, his overall tenure in Dallas will be recalled with failure. That failure was not all his fault, after all, he never wanted the day in and day out distraction of Terrell Owens, that was owner Jerry Jones. He wasn’t the guy who dropped a simple snap that would have led to a game leading kick in the last minute in Seattle three weeks ago, that was Tony Romo. In the end, there was a lot going against Parcells that led him not to succeed in Dallas.
Instead of being remembered like Jimmy Johnson or Tom Laundry, he will go down in Cowboys history more like Dave Campo or Chan Gailey. Does he deserve that fate? No, but that is the fate and the cards that he has been dealt. It all ended with a simple e-mail Monday morning, ending what has been overall a storied career that ended on a down note. “I am retiring from coaching football. I want to thank Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones for their tremendous support over the last four years,” the statement continued. “Also, the players, my coaching staff and others in the support group who have done so much to help. Dallas is a great city and the Cowboys are an integral part of it. I am hopeful that they are able to go forward from here.”
Seems like such a simple way for a coach with so much fire, emotion and personality to leave the game. Overall the career ends with a mark of 183-138-1. He ended up 34-32 in Dallas, but did his career overall with a pair of Super Bowls, which is enough to get him into the Hall of Fame. Jerry Jones will have money thrown all over the place looking for the best coach, which should not be hard to find considering the position that will be offered. As for Parcells, it was a down end to what was an up career for one of the games most colorful coaches.