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Bill Parcells reveals tidbits about his time in Miami Dolphins front office

Bill Parcells says in his new book that he was never comfortable working for Stephen Ross.
Bill Parcells says in his new book that he was never comfortable working for Stephen Ross. AP

Bill Parcells has plenty to say about his 2½-year tenure as the Dolphins’ executive vice president of football operations in his biography, Parcells: A Football Life, that’s due for release Tuesday:

▪ Parcells, who was hired by H. Wayne Huizenga before Huizenga sold the team a year later, indicated he never felt as comfortable working with Stephen Ross. The book, written in the third person by former Sports Illustrated writer Nunyo Demasio, calls Ross a “neophyte owner.” Parcells said he received $6 million for serving as a consultant for the final 16 months of his Dolphins contract.

▪ Parcells, who selected Jake Long with the first pick of the 2008 draft instead of Matt Ryan, said he didn’t believe there was much difference in the NFL potential among Ryan, Joe Flacco and Chad Henne, who was the Dolphins’ second-round pick that year.

He said he opted for Long partly because of financial issues associated with selecting a quarterback first overall, as well as Ryan’s interceptions during his senior season at Boston College.

▪ Parcells, who left the Dolphins during the 2010 season, said Ross told him four times that he wanted to work toward securing his future with the team but “he never ever does it,… never seems to have the time.”

▪ Parcells was open to coaching the Dolphins in 2003 but Huizenga was committed to Dave Wannstedt. So Parcells took the Dallas job instead.

▪ Parcells didn’t like that Ross brought his “entourage” into the locker room after games. Ross apologized after they spoke about it. But Parcells liked that Ross was willing to spend money and that he didn’t meddle in football decisions.

▪ He indicated former general manager Jeff Ireland praised quarterback Pat White before the Dolphins regrettably drafted him 44th overall in 2009. But Parcells took responsibility for the pick.

Ross, asked about the book, said Friday: “I haven’t read the book but I appreciate all of Bill’s work during his time with the team.”


The Dolphins listed safety Jimmy Wilson (hamstring) as doubtful for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville and linebacker Koa Misi (ankle) as questionable.

Nine Dolphins are probable: Brandon Albert, Charles Clay, Brent Grimes, Cortland Finnegan, John Denney, Jared Odrick, Samson Satele, Dion Sims and Philip Wheeler.

▪ Jacksonville listed cornerback Allan Ball and defensive end Andre Branch as out for Sunday. The Jaguars’ other starting cornerback, Dwayne Gratz, is questionable.

Jacksonville also will be without Pro Bowl linebacker Paul Posluszny, who was placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle.

▪ The Dolphins will need to make a roster move by 4 p.m. Saturday if they activate Dion Jordan for Sunday’s game. Joe Philbin said Jordan, who returned from a six-game suspension, “looks good” and “hasn’t had any setbacks whatsoever.”

▪ Though Philbin praised Jacksonville rookie quarterback Blake Bortles this week, the third overall draft pick has struggled.

Bortles’ 70.2 passer rating is second-worst in the league, ahead of only Minnesota rookie Teddy Bridgewater, and Bortles has thrown a league-leading 10 interceptions, compared with five touchdown passes.

▪ Speaking about the Dolphins’ improved offensive line play, right guard Mike Pouncey said: “We have to give most of our credit to our new offensive line coach John Benton.”

Does Pouncey miss playing center? “Of course. I was so good at it,” he said, “but it doesn’t bother me at all. I like the way the rotation we have now.”

▪ Philbin was asked this week if he believes he needs to be less conservative.

“There’s no question I’ve got to do a better job and I plan on doing that,” he said. “I don’t know that it’s linked to being too conservative.”

What does he need to do better? “Getting the team to play consistently well, finishing games better, executing better, getting our turnover margin on the plus side,” he said. “We’re even in the turnover margin. There’s a long list. We don’t have enough time on this phone call for all of the things I’ve got to do better.”

▪ The Jaguars have several players/coaches with University of Miami ties, including undrafted rookie receiver Allen Hurns (19 catches, 305 yards, three touchdowns), starting rookie right guard Brandon Linder (selected 93rd overall this past May), offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, running backs coach Terry Richardson and practice squad quarterback Stephen Morris.

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