Parcells to stay with Dallas
Published: Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
IRVING, Texas - Bill Parcells is coming back for another season with the Dallas Cowboys. Maybe even two.
The team announced Friday that Parcells agreed to a new contract through the 2007 season.
"I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to continue what we have started here," Parcells said in a news release. "The Cowboys organization has been the fairest of fair to me, and hopefully I can repay them with an improved performance."
Parcells, 64, had a year left on the four-year, $17 million contract he signed in January 2003. However, he left his three previous coaching jobs mid-contract and there was speculation he might do it again.
The question diminished as this week went on and Parcells continued showing up at his office every day. The announcement ends any doubt and helps turn attention to what the club will do to continue a turnaround that saw them go 9-7 after being 6-10 the previous year.
"This is about continuity and building upon the pieces we have in place as an organization and as a football team," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "We aren't where we want to be at this point, but we're definitely moving in the right direction and feel very good about the future."
Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress was hired as the team's head coach five days after Mike Tice was fired following a 9-7 season marked by a scandalous boat party.
"Coach Childress has the combination of integrity, experience and competitive spirit that were important in our search for a new Vikings coach," owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement announcing the hire.
Tice was fired Sunday after Minnesota beat the Chicago Bears 34-10 in the final game of the regular season.
The 49-year-old Childress has been the Eagles' offensive coordinator since 2002. This is his first head coaching job.
Childress joined the Eagles as quarterbacks coach under Andy Reid in 1999, and helped Philadelphia reach the Super Bowl last season.
Herman Edwards could be on his way to becoming the team's next coach after Kansas City and the Jets agreed on a compensation deal.
The Chiefs would give the Jets a surprisingly low fourth-round pick if they hire Edwards, who has ties to the team and general manager Carl Peterson. Because Edwards was still under contract with the Jets, the Chiefs needed to give up something to get him.
Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore said that Peterson was on his way to New York to begin negotiations. The commissioner's office approved the fourth-round pick as compensation earlier Friday morning and granted Kansas City permission to speak with Edwards, who technically remains the head coach of the Jets.
The team made assistant head coach Marty Mornhinweg offensive coordinator, but they might have more spots to fill if other coaches join Childress' staff with the Vikings.
Since he spent the last seven seasons in Philadelphia, Childress might try to fill his staff with current Eagles coaches he knows well and has worked closely with during the team's five-year playoff run from 2000-04.
Quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur, offensive line coach Juan Castillo, offensive assistant Bill Shuey and linebackers coach Steve Spagnuolo are among the possible candidates to leave for Minnesota.
The team fired five assistant coaches, capping a tumultuous week that followed a disappointing season.
Head coach Mike Mularkey announced the dismissals of Tim Krumrie (defensive line coach), Don Blackmon (linebackers), Steve Szabo (defensive backs) and Frank Verducci (offensive line). Mularkey also confirmed that offensive coordinator Tom Clements was fired, a move that was reported by The Associated Press earlier this week.
"It is time for a change in taking another step in a different direction," Mularkey said in a statement.
The announcement came a day after the Bills hired Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy to take over as general manager.
Former Arizona Cardinals linebacker Simon Shanks was fatally shot outside his home while his wife and children fled unharmed from three assailants by jumping out a back window, police said.
Shanks, who played for the Cardinals in 1995, was shot Thursday night by one of three men who came to his home, Detective Tony Morales said. He died hours later at Good Samaritan Hospital.
A second man working on a car with the 34-year-old Shanks was shot in the neck and is hospitalized.
Shanks' wife, Yolanda Yvette Shanks, and the children escaped when the men entered the house, Morales said.
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