Dallas Cowboys History in Quotes: The Bill Parcells Era

Sean Payton’s Saints dominated Bill Parcells’ Cowboys in 2006.

It is very possible that the New Orleans Saints will hire Bill Parcells to serve as the team’s interim head coach in 2012 while Sean Payton serves a suspension.┬áIt has been six years since Parcells coached the Cowboys, so this is not exactly a Cowboys story. On the other hand, Payton was an assistant under Parcells in Dallas, so there is at least a connection there.

As part of the Dallas Cowboys history in quotes series, here are some quotes from and about Parcells during his time in Dallas.

“Bill Parcells fits his assistants for muzzles.”

Headline of the Dallas Morning News after the Cowboys hired Parcells, who was notorius for not letting his assistants talk to the press.

Source: Dallas Morning News, 2003.

“I have a much more relaxed atmosphere with the scouts. They know me a lot better. They know my personality a lot better, so the dialogue back and forth, it has a tendency to be a little more argumentative, which is what you want. You don’t want them to tell you what you want to hear. And you don’t want to act like a dictator, either.”

Parcells about his second year helping with the Cowboys draft. Dallas took running back Julius Jones in 2004.

Source: Dallas Cowboys Weekly, May 1, 2004

“We looked like we couldn’t handle it.”

Parcells about the Cowboys’ 35-7 loss at Washington on December 18, 2005. The loss was a big reason why Dallas missed the 2005 playoffs while the Redskins advanced. Washington coach Joe Gibbs replied, “We played the game of our life. I feel very humble just to be a part of it.”

Source: Washington Post, December 19, 2005

“He doesn’t allow Tony any satisfaction. He doesn’t give him any room to breathe as far as, ‘You are doing a good job.’ I think Tony appreciates that, because everybody on the outside allows him to get this big head. Bill’s just here to humble him, and he does a good job of it.”

Jason Witten about Parcells’ needling of quarterback Tony Romo, who took over as starter seven games into the 2006 season. That was Parcells final season as head coach in Dallas.

Source: USA Today, December 1, 2006

Parcells went 34-30 in four seasons with Dallas. His replacement, Wade Phillips, also won 34 games but went 34-22 in three and a half seasons.

Did You Know?

Parcells went 34-30 in four seasons as the Cowboys head coach. His replacement, Wade Phillips, also won 34 games but went 34-22 in three and a half years.

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