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Bill Parcells, GM and Director of Football Operations
Bill Parcells, General Manager and Head of Football Operations
Following NFL football and particularly the Broncos the past 7 or 8 years, it has been clear that when too much power has been placed in one person, things go wrong.
Back when Mike Shanahan first became head coach and Vice President of the Denver Broncos, things weren't quite as complex in the 21st Century NFL as they are now. He had virtually total control over all things Broncos, from the draft to salaries to the type of toilet paper in the locker rooms.
And this approach continued through the short (but painful) reign of terror of the Josh McDaniels era. Once again, too much power and decisions flowing through one person.
The solution: Bring in the TUNA!
Bill Parcells has proven his ability at all levels of the business that has become big time football. From his playing days at Wichita State to his first assistant coaching job at Hastings College, Parcells has steadily risen through the ranks. His first head coaching job was at the Air Force Academy just south of Denver.
The Tuna then rode the roller-coaster of coaching in the NFL, starting with assistant jobs with the Patriots and Giants and then his first head coach appointment with the Giants.
While the head coach of the Giants, Parcells guided them to two Super Bowl wins,one being over the Denver Broncos in SB XXI and then the famous Buffalo Bills "Scott Norwood Wide Right" FG finish in SB XXV.
After a short two year hiatus, he returned to be the head coach of the New England Patriots. Through his coaching days with the Patriots, He rebuilt the team and took the Pats to SB XXXI, losing to the Packers. He then left the New England over issues surrounding not having enough player personnel decisions.
He then moved on to the Jets as an "advisor" to circumvent his contract issues with the Patriots before assuming head coaching duties there. He turned around the Jets and eventually lost to the Broncos in the 1998 season when Denver went on to beat the Packers for their first Super Bowl win. He then moved upstairs to become the general manager for year before leaving to coach the Dallas Cowboys.
Moving on to coach the Cowboys and then to the Dolphins as Executive VP of Football Operations, and re-established the Dolphins as a power in the AFC.
This has shown a tempestuous but successful approach to the game and the business of football in the 21st century. His player personnel decisions are legendary and his drive and commitment to winning is just what this franchise needs at the reins of football operations.
His hiring will bring immediate credibility and stability to the critical role of General Manager and will help bring in the right coaches to get the on-field job done.