The House That Parcells Built: A Look at the Miami Dolphins' Coaching Staff

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The House That  Parcells Built: A Look at the Miami Dolphins' Coaching Staff
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I'm not going to lie, in the past I've never been a huge Bill Parcells fan.

As a die-hard Virginia Cavalier fan, I've become very familiar with the Parcells coaching tree, because Al Groh constantly talks about speaking with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick or former Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells for advice.

A lot of the coaches in the Parcells coaching tree follow the same outdated practices, such as not allowing their assistants speak to the media. Bill Parcells is a brilliant football mind, but practices like that one, I will never agree with.

Parcells, like Groh, was known in the past for his harsh ways of dealing with the media. The tuna will never be known as the "warm and fuzzy" type of personality.

However, his track record as a football mind is indisputable. With the name Bill Parcells comes instant football credibility and when he decided to join the Miami Dolphins, I was very intrigued by the move.

Sure enough, 11 surprising wins and a playoff berth later, not even the biggest critic of Bill Parcells can say it was a bad move to bring him to Miami.

He and GM Jeff Ireland were the key architects to the coaching staff that was able to install an entirely different culture in Miami. A staff of creativity, a staff that's not afraid to take risks, and most of all a staff willing to try different things.

They key pieces of the staff I plan to highlight are: quarterbacks coach David Lee, offensive coordinator Dan Henning, head coach Tony Sparano, and defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni.

Let's get down to it shall we.

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