Bill Parcells Steps Down, Miami Dolphins' Czar to Assume Consulting Role

Jason ClaryCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2010

DAVIE, FL - JUNE 06:  Executive Vice President of Football Operations Bill Parcells watches practice during Miami Dolphins Mini Camp on June 6, 2008 at the Dolphins practice facility in Davie, Florida.   (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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It has been announced today that Miami Dolphins' Vice President of Football Operations Bill Parcells has stepped down from his position with the team.

This news comes as a surprise to many, as Miami will begin its season this coming Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Dolphins' GM Jeff Ireland will assume full responsibility of everything related to football, while Parcells will still remain with the team to consult. 

What This Means for the Dolphins

This is exactly what the plan was supposed to be. Although Parcells was expected to stay active for the first three seasons, this move is expected, to say the least.

The unexpected aspect of this decision is the timeliness of it.

Jeff Ireland was with Parcells in Dallas, and was one of the men behind the scenes who is responsible for personnel moves for the Dolphins.

Coach Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland are more than capable of running a franchise, which is why Bill Parcells was able to make this decision.

At times, the Parcells name undermined the success of Coach Sparano and Jeff Ireland. 

Parcells' Future

It is unclear what this means for Parcells. The initial reports are very vague as to why the decision was made or what exactly Parcells' new role will be.

This could mean a retirement for Parcells after this season, or he could be preparing himself for another rebuilding stint with another team.

These next couple years will fully tell how successful the Bill Parcells Era was with the Dolphins, as they have molded a completely different team than the squad that won a single game in 2007.

This move should not worry Dolphins fans, it should excite them. Bill would not make this kind of move if he doesn't feel this team is ready to compete without his full involvement.