It is looking like former Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells may join the Atlanta Falcons front office in some capacity. According to the Associated Press, Parcells is considering an offer to join the team’s front office; this information coming from a source familiar with the negotiations and who requested to – you guessed it – remain anonymous.
As to be expected, there were lots of denials or “no comments” to go around, ranging from Rich McKay, Atlanta Falcons president and general manager, to team owner Arthur Blank to Parcells’ agent, Jimmy Sexton. During a 19-year career that included coaching at the New England Patriots, New York Jets, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, Parcells left coaching with a record of 183-138-1; he made it to 3 Super Bowls, having won twice. Parcells back in 1996 was considered for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; McKay, who was in the Bucs’ front office at that time, told the team owner, Malcolm Glazer, that if they hired Parcells that he would resign. As a result, Tony Dungy was hired as the Bucs’ head coach.
One could assume that McKay is mindful of these negotiations going on between the Falcons and Parcells; the question is whether he decides to do the “hire Parcells and I quit” card once again. Personally, I had no idea there was bad blood between McKay and Parcells. Or perhaps McKay suffers from some form of insecurity – who knows, really? Other than having an impressive coaching background, I have no idea what Parcells brings to the Falcons’ table. And I really cannot say it is a good or bad idea; however, if I was Blank, I would see who else is out there, instead of taking a chance of hiring someone because of their name.