Bill Parcells resigns


Two weeks after the Cowboys' season ended, Bill Parcells has decided step down as coach in Dallas.

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Published: Monday, January 22, 2007 at 12:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 22, 2007 at 12:07 p.m.

IRVING, Texas - Bill Parcells retired from coaching Monday, leaving the Dallas Cowboys after four seasons and ending a stellar career that featured three Super Bowl appearances and two championships.

Facts

Bill Parcells' Coaching Record

W L T Pct
1983 N.Y. Giants 3 12 1 .219
1984 N.Y. Giants 9 7 0 .563
1985 N.Y. Giants 10 6 0 .625
1986 N.Y. Giants 14 2 0 .875
1987 N.Y. Giants 6 9 0 .400
1988 N.Y. Giants 10 6 0 .625
1989 N.Y. Giants 12 4 0 .750
1990 N.Y. Giants 13 3 0 .813
1993 New England 5 11 0 .313
1994 New England 10 6 0 .625
1995 New England 6 10 0 .375
1996 New England 11 5 0 .688
1997 N.Y. Jets 9 7 0 .563
1998 N.Y. Jets 12 4 0 .750
1999 N.Y. Jets 8 8 0 .500
2003 Dallas 10 6 0 .625
2004 Dallas 6 10 0 .375
2005 Dallas 9 7 0 .563
2006 Dallas 9 7 0 .563
Totals 172 130 1 .569

Post-Season
W L T Pct
1984 N.Y. Giants 1 1 0 .500
1985 N.Y. Giants 1 1 0 .500
1986 N.Y. Giants 3 0 0 1.000
1989 N.Y. Giants 0 1 0 .000
1990 N.Y. Giants 3 0 0 1.000
1994 New England 0 1 0 000
1996 New England 2 1 0 .667
1998 N.Y. Jets 1 1 0 .500
2003 Dallas 0 1 0 .000
2006 Dallas 0 1 0 .000
Totals 11 8 0 .579

The announcement came 15 days after the Cowboys' season ended with a heartbreaking playoff loss in Seattle. He'd been at his office nearly every day since, and there were other indications that the 65-year-old coach was returning for a fifth year in Dallas and 20th as an NFL head coach.

"I am retiring from coaching football," Parcells said in a statement. "I want to thank Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones for their tremendous support over the last four years. Also, the players, my coaching staff and others in the support group who have done so much to help. Dallas is a great city and the Cowboys are an integral part of it. I am hopeful that they are able to go forward from here."

The announcement came in a morning e-mail. There was no immediate statement from Jones, the team owner, although one was planned for later in the day. There were no immediate plans for a news conference.

"I am in good health and feel lucky to have been able to coach in the NFL for an extended period of time," Parcells said. "I leave the game and the NFL with nothing but good feelings and gratitude to all the players, coaches and other people that have assisted me in that regard. "

Parcells won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants. He came to Dallas four seasons ago energized by the challenge of restoring glory to "America's Team." He went 34-32 and definitely left the Cowboys better than he found them, but his tenure ultimately may be remembered for the lack of a playoff victory.

His teams went 0-2 in the postseason. Dallas appeared headed to a breakthrough win this month in Seattle, but Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo botched the hold on a short field goal with a little more than a minute left and the Cowboys lost 21-20. They lost four of their last five games, including the final three, after holding a two-game division lead in December.

Dallas hasn't won a playoff game since 1996, easily the longest skid in the history of the franchise that's been to a record eight Super Bowls.

Parcells' legacy with the Cowboys can be framed this way: Instead of joining Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer as coaches who led them to championships, he leaves lumped with Chan Gailey and Dave Campo.

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