Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Bill Parcells provides his list of elite players
Bill Parcells had three offseasons to put together the Miami Dolphins' roster.
How much elite talent would Parcells say he gathered?
It would be difficult to ask Parcells that question because he almost never agrees to interview requests these days.
But we can discover what Parcells thinks by reviewing the finalists for NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards. Parcells alone selected the finalists, three in each major positional group on offense and defense plus three for all special-teams.
Parcells selected Dolphins left tackle Jake Long as one of his offensive linemen and Dolphins edge rusher Cameron Wake as one of his linebackers.
Also from the AFC East were New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, New York Jets tight end Dustin Keller and Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Kyle Williams.
Parcells, however, did not list Brady among his three candidates for player of the year, opting instead to nominate San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews.
Another surprise is that Parcells didn't choose Bill Belichick, his former defensive coordinator, as a coach of the year candidate. Parcells went with Todd Haley, whom he interviewed for the Dolphins job Tony Sparano took in 2008, Lovie Smith and Mike Smith.
Former players will determine the awards from the names Parcells nominated. Winners will be reveled Feb. 4.