The NFL’s 94th season and the Dolphins’ 48th are let loose Sunday like balloons into the air as Miami and the Dallas Cowboys meet in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
The preseason opener follows the earlier induction of the seven latest men to don the mustard-colored jacket that would be so unspeakably hideous if it didn’t represent the pinnacle of football achievement. Those men included the old Miami Hurricane Warren Sapp, of course, although the weekend’s star inductee seemed to be Bill Parcells.
I find that funny, given the two teams playing in the Hall of Fame Game.
Suffice to say the impressive achievements that got Parcells elected to Canton did not include his late-career stops in Dallas (as coach from 2003 to ’06) or in Miami (as executive overseeing personnel from 2008 to ’10).
Neither Dallas nor Miami fans are leading any “Tuna!” chants.
Parcells failed to bring Dallas a playoff victory in four years there and was a postseason zero here as well. Combined, the Cowboys and Dolphins squads under his aegis were 59-56, with neither franchise seeming the better off because he passed through.
In Miami, Tuna was the guy who brought in Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano — one hire still dubious, the other long gone — and who released Zach Thomas and sent Jason Taylor packing. Oh yeah: And he drafted Jake Long over Matt Ryan.
So please let us not hear the TV announcers try to describe the Cowboys-Dolphins game as an appropriate example of the triumphs that led Parcells to Canton.
His résumé survived his time in Dallas and Miami, that’s all.
He got to Canton despite those two late stops, in no way because of them.
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