Tag:Bill Parcells
Posted on: February 9, 2011 3:08 pm

Hot Routes 2.9.11 football world carries on

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Former Jets quarterback Ray Lucas is in rehab for an addiction to painkillers. He’s sharing his experience via Facebook.

America’s most prominent liars (White House party crashers) managed to get into Jerry Jones’ suite during the Super Bowl, only to be promptly escorted out.

Jim Harbaugh and Alex Smith have been spending lots of time together at the Niners’ Santa Clara facility. Their relationship is strictly platonic. Or business-related.

A Bill Parcells Hall of Fame debate is understandable. But Drew Bledsoe?

The Ravens will likely be looking for a new backup for Joe Flacco this offseason.  

The Buffalo Bills are getting new uniforms in 2011 (perhaps the old ones weren’t busy enough?). On Wednesday morning, the team devoted its entire homepage to the announcement. (Which is actually an announcement about an announcement, given that the unis won’t be revealed for another few weeks.)

Cornerback Renaldo Hill is reportedly getting a tryout with the Ravens. (What veteran corner HASN’T tried out with the Ravens in the past 12 months?)

Never too early to look ahead to next year – Super Bowl champions included.

Pro Football Weekly doesn’t think the Broncos will bring Kyle Orton back.

The Bucs recently hired two co-defensive coordinators (head coach Raheem Morris calls the shots on defense). One of them, Kevin Millard, received an endorsement from Warren Sapp. The legendary defensive tackle got on the horn with GM Mark Dominik.

Former Raiders linebacker Greg Biekert is now current Raiders linebacker coach Greg Biekert.

The Patriots are losing a few assistants. The guess here is they’ll still be fine.

Posted on: January 22, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2011 5:29 pm

Dolphins extend GM Ireland's contract

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Dolphins announced earlier today that general manager Jeff Ireland had signed a multi-year contract extension, and it must come as a relief, though not necessarily a big surprise, to Ireland (and, I suppose, to those who want stability in the organization).

While Ireland certainly has garnered some positive accomplishments since taking over his role after the 2007 season, he had to wonder – at least, slightly – about his job security now that Bill Parcells is basically out of the picture.

Ireland was one of Parcell’s guys – Parcells hired Ireland when he took over the team’s football operations after they worked together in Dallas – but after Parcells stepped away to become a team consultant, one had to wonder if owner Stephen Ross really thought Ireland was the horse he could ride.

Apparently, that is the case.

“The decision to extend Jeff’s contract as our General Manager was an easy one," said Ross in a statement. "The young talent that Jeff has assembled during his three years with the Dolphins has made a profound impact on our franchise’s recovery from the 1-15 season of 2007. Jeff has my full support moving forward as we pursue our goals to build the best and brightest front office in the National Football League and ultimately to win a Super Bowl championship for all of South Florida and Dolphin fans around the world.”

Since taking over, Ireland has drafted talented players like OT Jake Long, CB Vontae Davis, LB Koa Misi and WR Brian Hartline while procuring the services of WR Brandon Marshall and TE Sal Anthony Fasano .

But he’s also missed out on big picks – 2008 second-round pick Phillip Merling and 2009 second-round pick Pat White come to mind – while the jury is still out on QB Chad Henne (2008 second-round pick).

Plus, there was that incident when he, in a pre-Draft interview, asked former Oklahoma State and current Cowboys WR Dez Bryant about the rumors that his mother was a prostitute. Ireland later apologized for the misstep.

But Ross, unlike his latest dealings with coach Tony Sparano, made this transaction rather clean, because so far, Ireland has done enough to impress.

"He's an excellent judge of talent," CBS’ own analyst Charlie Casserly told the Palm Beach Post earlier this month. "He has a clear vision of what he wants the team to look like on the field, and he wants to have a physical team up front on both lines. Any time you have that, you have a chance to win."

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Posted on: December 30, 2010 11:11 am

Examining Parcells' role with the Dolphins

Posted by Andy BenoitB. Parcells (US Presswire)

With the news that Bill Parcells has convinced Dolphins owner Stephen Ross to keep head coach Tony Sparano, a few people have wondered why Parcells' word carries any weight in Miami these days. Parcells stepped down as the Dolphins' football czar in September.

However, he is still a member of the Dolphins organization on what the team originally described as "a daily consultant basis".

It sounds like that role is virtually titular, though. Parcells cleaned out his office in September. Aside from a few early season practices, he has not been seen often around the Dolphins facilities.

Still, if Parcells is with the organization, questions arise about 49ers owner Jed York recently saying he would have the 69-year-old advise in the team’s search for a new GM. If Parcells is on the Dolphins payroll, would a conversation with York be considered tampering? NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post it would not. But perhaps before chatting with York, Parcells should flip roles and ask Stephen Ross what HE thinks.

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Posted on: December 29, 2010 10:31 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2010 12:44 am

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

Posted by Andy Benoit
T. Sparano (US Presswire)
Tony Sparano has been a surprise member of the NFL’s row of late-season hot seats the past several weeks. The Dolphins are a modestly-respectable 7-8, but owner Stephen Ross, who is intent on making a splash in the entertainment world of South Beach, is not pleased with the team’s 1-7 record at home.

Sparano was brought to Miami as a Bill Parcells guy. Now, according to Michael Lombardi of NFL Network, he’ll remain in Miami because of the Big Tuna. Lombardi says Parcells, who stepped down from his post as the Dolphins’ football czar prior to the season, has convinced Ross to stick with Sparano.

Sparano was Parcells’ offensive line coach in Dallas. He led a 1-15 Dolphins team to an 11-5 record and AFC East division title in his ’08 debut season as the head coach.

Just because Sparano is staying doesn't necessarily mean the Dolphins won't be bringing in someone with head coaching experience. Lombardi also said, according to the Miami Herald, that the offensive coordinator vacancy (remember, Dan Henning is set to retire) could be filled by either Josh McDaniels or, if he’s available, Gary Kubiak.

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Posted on: December 29, 2010 12:33 pm

Hot Routes 12.29.10: Doing good deeds

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Ever wonder what happens to all the pink wristbands, gloves, cleats and towels that NFL players use during the month of October to raise awareness about breast cancer? The answer is, they’re auctioned off as part of the league’s A Crucial Catch breast cancer awareness campaign. On Tuesday, the NFL announced that the program raised more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society.

- It wouldn’t be surprising if all Bengals fans wanted to take their team to court for the way it’s played this season. One person actually is, though for alleged injuries. My man, Kimball Perry, writing for the Cincinnati Enquirer, details the lawsuit filed by Rebecca Dunn for injuries suffered in the stands during a 2009 contest.

- Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio thinks Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio has done a damn good job this season.

- The Buccaneers coaching staff has to feel a little unsettled. That’s because most of the assistants don’t have a contract for next season. Blame the potential 2011 lockout.

-  Bengals LT Andrew Whitworth, snubbed for the Pro Bowl despite winning the fan vote, can’t help but wonder if where a player was selected in the NFL Draft has an impact on his Pro Bowl status, even many years later.

- It seems unlikely Texans WR Andre Johnson will play in the Pro Bowl. Maybe Whitworth can take his spot at wide receiver.

- The Green Bay Press Gazette doesn’t think Packers T Chad Clifton and CB Charles Woodson should have been given Pro Bowl berths.

- Forbes.com writes Redskins owner Daniel Snyder should use a potential lockout as a chance to do some spring cleaning. And hire Bill Parcells.

- The San Diego Union Tribune thinks the Chargers should re-sign WR Vincent Jackson. That would probably be a popular sentiment in San Diego.

- What happened to Cardinals WR Steve Breaston, why isn’t he playing and what is his future in Arizona?

- David Garrard will have surgery on his finger Thursday and won't play in Jacksonville's game Sunday.

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 10:01 am

Analyzing a Parcells-Vikings marriage

Posted by Andy Benoit

There has been some speculation in Minnesota that Bill Parcells could be coming to town. What propagated this? The increasingly hot seat under Brad Childress, for one. And for two, Parcells’ statement on tonight’s NFL Films documentary: “"Get me back out there. I can do this one more time. That's how I feel."

Before he bought the Vikings, Zygi Wilf was a huge Giants fan. We’ll assume he was a huge Parcells fan, too.
But this is where the connections end. There have been no inside sources suggesting Parcells and the Vikings could be a match – it’s all just outside speculation.

Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune poured a little cold water over that speculation. Here’s an excerpt:

Despite repeated requests in recent weeks to interview Wilf, he has declined. That's certainly his right but it means that any opinions about which direction he might take this organization is pure speculation.

There also has been no indication that Wilf and the rest of ownership are planning to clean house. Hiring a larger than life figure such as Parcells would lead one to assume that he would be given the authority to pick and choose who he kept.

Keep in mind, too, that Zygi and Mark Wilf, who serves as the Vikings president, have had nothing but praise for the job done by vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski.

It's logical to think that if the Vikings decided to hire a general manager that Spielman would be a serious candidate, with the expectation he would work closely with Brzezinski. Spielman has an impressive title but he does not currently have the type of authority that a general manager does. Childress, for instance, has final say on the 53-man roster and is probably as close to a general manager as the Vikings have under the way things are set up.

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 7:31 pm

Jerry Jones might be scheming

Jerry Jones might want to circumvent the Rooney Rule (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones might be making plans to try to circumvent the Rooney Rule, the imperative that states an NFL team hiring a head coach must interview a minority candidate.

Although Dallas only has won a single game since Jones fired Wade Phillips and replaced him with Jason Garrett, Jones might want to keep Garrett – who was once considered a rising star among assistant coaches – and replace the “interim coach” tag with, um, the, “real coach” tag.

Jones made an appearance on KRLD today, and he said (via the Dallas Morning News) , "There are some extenuating circumstances involved here. On my decision, how we'll make it, I'll have to present that to the league. So we'll see how that goes but I can't give you any type of answer to that because I'm not sure I'm through working the process."

Unless the assistant coach has a clause in his deal that makes him the coach-in-waiting – a clause Pro Football Talk says Garrett does not have – Jones will have to interview a minority. No way around it.

But Jones already has gotten his way around the Rule one other time. In 2003, when he wanted to give the job to Bill Parcells, he interviewed Dennis Green by phone. The NFL said that was fine, but since then, the league has mandated the minority candidate actually be interviewed in person .

Jones, I’m sure, will try to figure something else out if he wants to give the job to Garrett. I don’t know, does Skype count as an in-person interview?

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2010 4:36 pm

Magic 'definitely' interested in owning Dolphins

Posted by Will Brinson

Magic Johnson's made no bones about his desire to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles -- it's something he wants to do very badly. And that's understandable, considering that LA is a monster TV market, it has no NFL team, and, as noted previously, they did it on Entourage so it clearly needs to happen in real life.

Turns out, Magic might also be interested in owning the Dolphins. That's according to the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora, who was chatting up Earvin before the Steelers-Dolphins game (Magic's buddies with 'Fins owner Stephen Ross and was there, according to LaCanfora, at his request).

LaCanfora says Magic "praised GM Jeff Ireland, Ross, Bill Parcells and the [Dolphins] organization" and that he is "definitely" interested in becoming a minority owner with Miami, though he hasn't been approached about the possibility.

It seems reasonable that Magic, who recently sold all his shares of the Los Angeles Lakers, might dabble in the NFL vis-a-vis the Dolphins before going "all-in" with ownership of an L.A. team. Plus, is there any celebrity left who doesn't own a couple of Dolphins' shares?

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