NFL Rumors: Why Parcells is Too Smart To Start Over With The Vikings

John RozumCorrespondent IApril 4, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 29:  Head coach Bill Parcells of the Dallas Cowboys watches on during their game against the Carolina Panthers on October 29, 2006 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Bill Parcells has been involved with pro football since 1979 as a coach, General Manager, Director of Football Operations and analyst.

And now, the Minnesota Vikings want him to come into the Twin Cities and take total control. According to staff report by the New York Post, Parcells was offered a job from the Vikings:

The Post has learned Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is putting the hard sell on the former Giants and Jets coach to head to Minnesota and “run the show.’’

A source said Parcells revealed Wilf’s offer to “name his price” to both oversee the Vikings’ football operations and coach the team.


This comes as no surprise since the Big Tuna was one of the NFL's best coaches during his era. Having two Super Bowl wins in three appearances, Parcells mentored both Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin who have a combined five Super Bowl wins in seven appearances.

That said, Parcells will be turning 71 years old before the 2012 season begins and based on his recent ventures in Dallas from 2003-2006 and Miami from 2008-2010 (front office position), Parcells didn't produce to his own expectations.

Getting back to the article by the New York Post sourced above, Parcells appears a bit unsure of himself:

Parcells told the group he wondered whether the game had “passed me by."


If that is in fact the case, the Minnesota Vikings are not the team Parcells should consider taking over. It's not that the Vikings don't have potential, but they are still more than a few years away and virtually at the beginning stages of a rebuilding process.

Had this opportunity arose for Parcells, say four or five years ago then it would be a much easier decision. In the pass-happy NFC North, Parcells would have to put even more energy in just getting Minnesota competitive with the likes of Green Bay and Detroit.

Even the Bears have made upgrades this offseason.

And when compared to the New Orleans Saints, the Big Easy is simply a much better opportunity. Albeit an opportunity that would come and go quickly, Parcells would have the luxury of Drew Brees at quarterback.

In this case, Parcells would only need to analyze and supervise as opposed to in-depth teaching because let's face it: Christian Ponder still has a long way to go.

The Saints have also made three consecutive playoff appearances and won a Super Bowl. Minnesota hasn't been in the postseason since 2009 and are just 9-23 between the past two years.

All this being said, everything comes down to whether Parcells feels that he can rebuild the Vikings in a division with three solid (at the very least) NFC title contenders.

The NFC South may be tough and improving, but the Panthers, Buccaneers and Falcons are currently not as difficult as the Packers, Lions and Bears.


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