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by Mike Fisher    Wed, Jan 2, 2008, 05:48 pm
Cowboys names past and present are packing their bags and prepping their resumes, all because Miami-bound Bill Parcells has decided to reach out and touch someone. ... 

Most immediately, Parcells is assembling his Dolphins organizational chart. It's official on Wednesday, with Dallas scouting chief Jeff Ireland agreeing to be Bill's new GM in Miami.

Next comes Parcells' other right-hand-man job, head coach. Getting a lot of play is Dallas assistant Tony Sparano, a name being mentioned in Atlanta (where he has an interview scheduled), Baltimore and, of course, Miami. Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is on that same coaching carousel, though he doesn't have Parcells connections. Still, Garrett spent time as a Dolphins assistant, so he is a known quantity elsewhere in the organization.

My educated guess: Jerry Jones works out a deal to retain Garrett while promising him he'll be Wade Phillips' eventual replacement. And Parcells will choose between the two guys who shared O-coordinator duties in Dallas in Parcells' final season here, Sparano and Todd Haley.

“I’m very happy with Arizona and with the way we’ve started to right the ship here,’’ Haley told in an exclusive visit on Wednesday night. “But of course you always have to be interested in a chance to be a head coach in the NFL.’’

In 2006, Haley was the Cowboys “passing-game coordinator’’ and called those plays, while Sparano was the "running-game coordiantor. Weird, but it worked: Haley oversaw two 1,000-yard receivers, a 800-yard tight end, a passing game ranked 5th in the NFL, and a kid named Tony Romo.

It could be argued that Todd Haley helped lay the groundwork for what Garrett has done since.

In 2007, Haley become the Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator. What he has done under head coach Ken Whisenhunt in one season in Arizona: The Cardinals were also in the No. 5 spot in the NFL in passing.


Haley, 41 in February, is a connected guy -- especially with Parcells. He is the son of former Jets GM Dick Haley, and he is a guy who got his first pro job by being hired by none other than Parcells. They have a father-son relationship, and a tight one. Haley, however, has not been in association with Ireland as long as Sparano has. And Parcells has indicated his GM will have a strong voice in the hiring of a coach.

Now back to the scouting department at Valley Ranch: I hear Ireland will be wanting to take Dallas scout Brian Gaine with him. But some good men remain: veteran scout Walt Juliff, veteran scout/administrator Tom Ciskowski, up-and-comer Will McClay, who you may know as the Dallas Desperadoes head coach but who also works on Cowboys drafts.

Wade Phillips said something the other day about "the sky is not falling'' because Dallas lost a game. The same is true of Dallas losing a staffer or two. The sky is not falling; all that's falling are the fruits from the "Parcells Coaching Tree,'' as waits to catch them in his basket.

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written by Patrick in Valley Ranch , January 05, 2008

"The sky is not falling; all that's falling are the fruits from the "Parcells Coaching Tree,'' as waits to catch them in his basket."
Awful. You had to be writing this while waiting for your burger at the drive thru.
Can't you wait a day or two to come up with a better closing. The rest wasn't great either. Still love ya.

written by Mike Fisher , January 06, 2008

i agree. metaphors and similes and cornball cliches, all in one sentence. I hang my head in shame.

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