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Friday, March 30, 2012
Should Dolphins be upset with Parcells?

By James Walker

Former Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells says he would be a "hypocrite" if he doesn’t think about returning to the sidelines as head coach of the New Orleans Saints. But, just last year, Parcells walked out on the Miami Dolphins with one year left on his contract.

Should Miami be upset about that?

The Dolphins paid Parcells a lot of money to be president of the team. It produced one playoff year in 2008 followed by back-to-back losing seasons. Ownership also changed during the process and Parcells had enough. He stepped away before the 2011 season and passed the responsibilities to general manager Jeff Ireland. The Dolphins later started the year 0-7 and finished 6-10. Parcells got very little, if any, blame for last season after he bolted.

Parcells was thought to be finished with football. Otherwise, Parcells could have completed his contract last season with the Dolphins, despite new ownership, instead of walking out prematurely and leaving the job incomplete.

But Parcells seems open to the idea of quickly getting back in the NFL with the Saints. He's ready to help his friend Sean Payton, who was suspended for the year. Parcells has the type of credibility and solid coaching background to keep the Saints going through a tough time.

Overall, I think Parcells' intentions are good and his heart is in the right place. The Saints and Payton are approaching Parcells, not the other way around. But if Parcells accepts the position, that may add additional bitterness for the uneven and unfinished job he left behind in Miami.