So, you thought the “Border War” was over and that Bill Parcells fourth incarnation as a head coach would lead to a kindler, gentler relationship with his former club located off Route 1? Well, guess again. One thing’s for sure. If you are planning to go to the Cowboys game next season in Foxboro, you might want to ask for the Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning off from work now. This game has Monday Night written all over it.
Word came down earlier this month that former Jets fullback Richie Anderson had signed with Parcells’ Dallas Cowboys for relatively the same amount of money that he was offered a few days earlier by the Patriots. Most published reports had Anderson ready to sign with the Patriots. However, after a last-minute phone call by Parcells and a request to come to Dallas for a visit, Anderson held off signing. I have to believe that once Anderson left Foxboro for Dallas, the Patriots brass knew he was not coming back. It’s personal again between Parcells and the Patriots. The “Border War” is back on.
The signing of Anderson, an excellent pass-receiving fullback, once again shows the influence that Parcells has on his former players. Anderson took the same money he was offered in New England to play in an unfamiliar division and on a team with no legitimate starting quarterback or running back to block for. Now that’s influence, my friends.
And don’t think for a minute that the surreal trade that the Parcells pulled off to get Terry Glenn out of Green Bay isn’t a project to demonstrate that he can turn around a troubled player that New England had given up on. These days, there aren’t many times when you open the sports page, read a headline, and say “Well, I’ll be.” Terry Glenn being traded to Dallas qualifies as a “We’ll, I’ll be.” Let’s face it, you might not like him personally, but deep down inside your glad Parcells is back in the League because he always makes life so much more interesting with such gems like the Glenn trade.
By many accounts, the Patriots Super Bowl championship of a year ago is now considered one of the best coaching jobs in the history of the NFL. As we know, the Patriots coaching staff is loaded with former Parcells’ lieutenants such as Bill Belichick, Charlie Weiss, Romeo Crennel (Why isn’t this man a head coach?), and Pepper Johnson. Soon after the Super Bowl, quiet whispers began to be heard that perhaps it wasn’t just Parcells winning the two Super Bowls and all those big games. Maybe his assistants had a lot more to do with his success than we had previously thought. Could these whispers have been in the back of Parcells’ mind when he came out of retirement to prove all of those revisionist historians wrong? Will he succeed without Belichick, Weis, Crennel and co.? What other tricks does he have up his sleeve? Time will tell. See you at Gillette Stadium on a Monday night this fall.
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