Bill Parcells has finally retired, despite many signs pointing to him staying.
Bill Parcells retired from coaching Monday, leaving the Dallas Cowboys after four seasons and ending a stellar career that featured three Super Bowl appearances and two championships.
The announcement came 15 days after the Cowboys’ season ended with a heartbreaking playoff loss in Seattle. He’d been at his office nearly every day since, and there were other indications that the 65-year-old coach was returning for a fifth year in Dallas and 20th as an NFL head coach.
“I am in good health and feel lucky to have been able to coach in the NFL for an extended period of time,” he said in a statement. “I leave the game and the NFL with nothing but good feelings and gratitude to all the players, coaches and other people that have assisted me in that regard.”
He came to town four years ago famously saying of the team he inherited from Dave Campo, “You are what your record is.” If that’s true, then he’s been a mediocre head coach and is leaving behind a mediocre team.
Like Steven Taylor, I fear Jerry Jones will revert to the form he showed after running Jimmy Johnson out of town and hiring a compliant man who is not considered a serious head coaching candidate by any other NFL team. Then again, it’s not like the team could win any fewer playoff games than they have under Parcells.
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