posted on Aug, 25 2003 @ 02:53 PM
One has to wonder: Had Parcells known what to expect, had he understood precisely what he was inheriting in a team that has finished 5-11 in each of
its past three seasons, would he leave? For that matter, would Parcells even originally have agreed to another coaching reincarnation and put his
reputation and his Hall of Fame credentials on the line? Would he have given in to owner Jerry Jones' sales pitch, or just stayed home in New Jersey,
did some television and radio gigs, bet the ponies, and watched the NFL parade from a spectator's seat?
Given that the NFL is his lifeblood, that coaching pervades every fiber of his being, it's likely that Parcells would have returned anyway. His
strange coupling with Jones, however, is the ultimate NFL marriage of convenience.
Football is, Parcells acknowledged that opening day of camp, "what I do." And he has done it well enough to be regarded as one of the game's coaching
giants. Taking on the resurrection of the Cowboys, though, could well be his most daunting task. Fact is, he has already confided to friends that
steering the high-profile franchise back to respectability could be a demanding process.
His track record at stops with the New York Giants, New England Patriots and New York Jets has been remarkably consistent. In each case, he shepherded
sputtering franchises to playoff berths in only his second season, and the average bump over those first two years was an eight-victory