As Adam Schefter of NFL Network and NFL.com says, Bill Parcells has changed his mind before and can change it again, but all signs point to Parcells staying in Dallas to coach the Cowboys in the final year of his contract.
Schefter cites NFL sources and uses the following as his support:
1) “Parcells is planning to attend this week’s Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala. Were he retiring, Parcells would have little or no interest in watching some of college football’s top prospects for the April NFL draft perform in Mobile.”
2) “Parcells has begun sifting through which assistant coaches he would want on his staff next season, and even has reached out to certain assistants around the league that he would like in Dallas. Were he not returning, he would be wasting his time.”
In his days as a reporter, I’ve not known Schefter to be wrong on a story. He was first in on the Texans drafting Mario Williams, and recently feuded with the Raiders about their plans to fire Art Shell, which turned out to be true.
I think the reasons Schefter presents are pretty credible.
So that should answer one question about the Cowboys. But even with Parcells back, I still see several problems that will keep Dallas from the Super Bowl.
- Romo won’t be able to recover from his botched snap – you just can’t recover that quickly from mistakes of that magnitude
- They need some serious help in the secondary and I don’t think the draft will be the place to answer it
- T.O. has gone far too long without blowing up a team, it’s due to happen sooner rather than later
- You could use a new kicker, Martin Gramatica? please