The same man that spent 19 years as an NFL head coach and an additional three seasons with the Miami Dolphins as an executive is now working with the Cleveland Browns as a courtesy consultant, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com:
Talked to Bill Parcells today. Says he's met w/ #Browns owner Jimmy Haslem as courtesy consultant.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 6, 2014
Parcells spent his career with four different teams—the New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys—before hanging up his whistle on the sidelines back in 2006.
But with his involvement in the game still being coveted by so many teams like the Dolphins and now the Browns, it's no wonder that he hasn't completely stayed away from the NFL ranks.
The Hall of Fame coach spoke about his role with the Browns back in February, per Bobby Bonett of Sirius XM:
I did speak with the Browns, but not about any job. I spoke with the owner of the Browns, he asked me if he could come and talk about the organization, and what I thought [were] the reasons they were successful or weren’t successful. And so I try to help anybody who asks, and that’s what he was asking about. But there was no discussion about any jobs or anything.
With a new head coach in Mike Pettine, having a veteran presence around can steer the first-year coach in the right direction, especially when it comes to navigating both free agency and the 2014 NFL draft.
As for what his involvement with the team might actually mean for the offseason, Marc Sessler of NFL.com reports that Parcells spoke with a top-tier quarterback recently:
Nugget from that Parcells/Browns post: He told @Gil_Brandt he met with Teddy Bridgewater for 4.5 hours. You do the math.— Marc Sessler (@MarcSesslerNFL) March 6, 2014
Parcells has made his mark around the league for several years and helped turn around franchises in just about every city in which he has landed.
Whether it was winning two Super Bowls with the Giants, leading the Patriots to an AFC Championship or taking the Cowboys to the playoffs twice late in his career, Parcells knows what he's doing when it comes to constructing a winning team.
And with the Browns owning the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft, his in-depth interview with Teddy Bridgewater could mean that Cleveland is focusing in on the Louisville quarterback with that first selection.
Parcells might not be a head coach anymore, but being involved with the Browns organization can only help both Pettine and the franchise as a whole. Cleveland already has some intriguing pieces in place. If Parcells can help the team nail the No. 4 pick with an impact player, it will be a huge boon for the franchise.