Atlanta was hot on Parcells' trail in '87

Bill Parcells, whom the Falcons may be close to landing, was pursued by the team 20 years ago, too, Len Pasquarelli writes.

Originally Published: December 18, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- Twenty years ago, under different ownership but similarly dire circumstances for the franchise, the Falcons pursued Bill Parcells but failed to reel in The Tuna when then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle ordered both sides to cease negotiations.

Since that original flirtation in 1987, there have been other times during the Falcons' mostly miserable history that Parcells' name was floated as a possible remedy to the team's problems. But never had the overtures been as strong ...

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