Did anyone see this one coming?
Parcells named Dolphins’ Executive VP of Football Operations
Two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Bill Parcells is returning to the NFL, but this time he won’t be roaming the sidelines. Parcells signed a four-year contract on Thursday to become the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins.
Parcells, who will work for ESPN through Monday, Dec. 24, is expected to hold a news conference Dec. 27 at the Dolphins’ facility.
Parcells will oversee the club’s football operations and report directly to owner Wayne Huizenga. The move becomes official one day after Parcells turned down essentially the same role with the Atlanta Falcons.
“Bill’s accomplishments put him among the most successful head coaches in NFL history, and this position was created to take advantage of his unique background and expertise,” Huizenga said in a statement. “We all know the respect that he has around the NFL. He has a proven track record of success everywhere he has been in the National Football League, and his football acumen will help put the Miami Dolphins franchise back among the elite of the NFL.”
On Wednesday, the expectation around the league was that Parcells would take over in Atlanta, with even some reports saying the deal was done. By the afternoon, however, the deal fell apart and the Dolphins moved quickly to get Parcells to sign a contract.
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NFL rejects players’ union’s appeal for suspended Titans CB Jones
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The NFL rejected an appeal by the NFL Players Association on Thursday on behalf of suspended Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell turned down Jones’ request for leniency on Nov. 6. The NFLPA appealed that ruling as excessive and had a hearing by telephone on Dec. 14. But Jones must serve the final two games of his seasonlong suspension.
“Commissioner Goodell notified Adam Jones today that his suspension for the 2007 season will not be modified,” the league said in a statement.
“Once the Titans have concluded their 2007 season, Jones may begin limited activities at the club’s facility and, assuming no further problems, will be eligible to participate fully in Tennessee’s offseason workout program.”
Jones’ attorney, Manny Arora, did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone. The NFLPA did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.
The Titans (8-6) are contending for their first playoff berth since 2003.
Goodell suspended Jones, the sixth pick overall in the 2005 draft, for the season in April. Las Vegas police said Jones incited a strip club fight that led to a triple shooting Feb. 19, leaving one man paralyzed. He pleaded no contest in early December to a disorderly conduct charge, agreeing to a year probation, random drug testing, community service and anger management classes.
Jones has been arrested six times since being drafted, including two arrests in Georgia in 2006 that the Titans did not learn about until 2007.
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