Parcells on regrets with Patriots

June, 24, 2013
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Bill Parcells will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year, and Jim Corbett of USA Today recently caught up with him in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Parcells told Corbett about one of his greatest regrets in coaching.

"I regret leaving New England. Had we done things differently ... " Parcells told Corbett. "I had a good young team there. I hated to leave that team, because I knew what we could do.

"I was absolutely too headstrong. And he might have been a little headstrong, too. I think both [Robert] Kraft and myself, retrospectively, would have done things a little differently."

Corbett also spoke with Kraft for the piece on Parcells, detailing when the two made amends.

"At a Super Bowl, Bill was standing there as I approached, and he just said to me, 'If I had to do it all over again. I would have done things differently.' And I said, 'So would I,'" Kraft told Corbett.

"It would have been pretty special. We were just coming at it from different times. And so much in life is timing. But in the end, we have a great relationship today. I have great respect for him. He did a great deal for our franchise. And I will forever be grateful for that."

To read Corbett's piece, CLICK HERE.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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