Symbolic of the old whipmaster mentality, Bill Parcells remained an eye sore reminder of an era long gone and a coaching method with an expired shelf life. Rotund and grouchy, Parcells was belligerent towards the press, players, owners, fans, family, cheerleaders, trainers, passers by on the street, waitresses, flight attendants, bartenders, doctors, lawyers, teachers, children, infants and retirees. The only time Parcells smiled or was amicable, was feeding time.
Considered a genius for "leading" two Super Bowl champion Giants teams, Parcells was supposedly going to bring that genius to Dallas and reinfuse that storied franchise. The only problem: Parcells was poison in the locker room.
Hear it from the lips of the Negro gladiator. The man that gave his all for victory. Terrell Owens graciously kept his mouth closed like a good soldier for most of the season (certainly his frustration with the situation lead to a few voicings of displeasure, but that is understandable), but now that the scenario has played out and Parcells is departing, the tight lipped Owens can reveal what really went down:
"T.O. reportedly said that Parcells created an unhealthy locker room environment, claiming the legendary coach would sometimes not talk to him for months. What more, Parcells did not offer Owens any words of encouragement following his accidental overdose."
Interesting, to say the least. We know that Drew Bledsoe had some differences with Parcells and even lost his starting job. But no reports exist of Parcells ignoring his presence or symbolically endorsing his demise by not encouraging him. And, despite the fact that Owens was grossly underused and ineffectively game planned; Owens still put up his best numbers in the past 5 years. Underachiever? Certainly not! A gladiator that fought through injury (he just completed off season surgery for that finger) and horrendous offensive game plans to still remain one of the elite receivers in the league. Add in the locker room poison and venomous silence directed towards him by Parcells, and you have what may well have been the most heroic individual efforts the NFL has yet seen.
One must wonder if Parcells would have been so overtly contemptuous with his silence and conducted the obvious sabotage attempts (through game plans) of Owens if TO had been a white player. How can one not wonder?
Owens was willing to try new approaches this season. He started the year ready to open a new chapter in his career, but that fresh attitude and open mindedness was not reciprocated:
""Coming into this season and this situation, I wanted to be positive," Owens told the Star-Telegram. "When I talked to him for the first time we left an impression on each other. I still think he is a great guy. But he is like my grandmother. You love the person, but they are stuck in their old-school ways. You can't move them from their way of thought."
Once again, we see an example of a young, progressive thinking Negro stifled by an ancient mindset. It should be evident to all that those few occasions that TO gave into frustration and said things that the press completely misrepresented as being detrimental to the team were simply manifestations of his willingness and desire to help change the mindset of the team and further progress; to bring it into the 21st century and to WIN. Any other interpretation of his actions is simply an attempt to force the young Negro warrior to stand pat and accept the whippings of an outdated philosophy.
Parcells' "retirement" is akin to the emancipation of Terrell Owens:
"I am just hoping his retirement brings promise to what the team has to offer," Owens said. "This past year was a big letdown. On paper we were as good as anybody we played against every week. The end result didn't show that. Our play was not indicative of what we could have done. What we should have done. Hopefully, the owner will hire a coach to take the team to the next level."
Football fans everywhere are hoping that Jerry Jones does the right thing and brings in a coach that will set Owens free. A coach that will allow TO to flourish and not let the coach's ego interfere to the point that his efforts to clip TO's wings destroy the team from the inside out.
Parcells' willingness to leave is a step in the right direction. It is an open admission that his style, philosophy and outlook is outdated. Additionally, it is symbolic of corroboration to TO's view that Parcells poisoned the locker room and the team.
The NOIS accepts Parcells apology, through retirement, and what can only be construed as an accompanying admission that he has been the harbinger of strife and discord amongst the Cowboys.