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07:03 AM ET 06.25 | Bill Parcells certainly did things his way, but he's not without regret. [Parcells] has one haunting memory from a coaching career that will culminate with his Aug. 3 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: his bitter post-Super Bowl XXXI divorce from the New England Patriots and owner Robert Kraft after the 1996 season. "I regret leaving New England. Had we done things differently ... " Parcells recently told USA TODAY Sports. "I had a good young team there. I hated to leave that team, because I knew what we could do. I was absolutely too headstrong. And he might have been a little headstrong, too. I think both Kraft and myself, retrospectively, would have done things a little differently."

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June 25, 2013  07:12 AM ET

Hindsight is 20/20, Bill. Just like your neck size.

June 25, 2013  07:14 AM ET

He regrets it because of the sucess in NE after he left. Had the cowboys or dolphins had similar success when he left, he would say the same about them.

June 25, 2013  07:58 AM ET
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He regrets it because of the sucess in NE after he left. Had the cowboys or dolphins had similar success when he left, he would say the same about them.

This... along with the fact that Little Bill reaped the rewards of that young team Big Bill put together. That has to eat at him.

June 25, 2013  08:16 AM ET
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This... along with the fact that Little Bill reaped the rewards of that young team Big Bill put together. That has to eat at him.

Yup...the Tuna's insatiable ego got in the way there in N.E.

June 25, 2013  08:31 AM ET

Don't bother, Bill.... it would've turned out differently

June 25, 2013  08:34 AM ET
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This... along with the fact that Little Bill reaped the rewards of that young team Big Bill put together. That has to eat at him.

This is also his subtle way of saying, "Remember.... I put this team together," as Belichick now gets compared to Lombardi.

June 25, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Parcells never had the disposition to submit to an owner.

He is my favorite coach of all time, but by no means infallible.

June 25, 2013  08:59 AM ET

As owners go, Bob Kraft is pretty hands-off. Maybe that's why The Tuna has never been able to stay with any team very long. Kraft didn't interfere, certainly not in a Jerry Jones kind of way. If The Tuna can't take a guy like Kraft, he's not going to get along with anyone.

June 25, 2013  09:02 AM ET

Actually, it was Pete Carroll who bridged the gap. Kraft was a new owner who made bad decisions, admittedly, by not allowing the HC more say in the draft picks. He learned his lesson and after he brought BB in he got out of the way and just " signs the checks."

Carrolls way would have worked, but they never let him draft the players he wanted. Troy Brown, who was there, said as much. Ah well.

June 25, 2013  09:04 AM ET
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As owners go, Bob Kraft is pretty hands-off. Maybe that's why The Tuna has never been able to stay with any team very long. Kraft didn't interfere, certainly not in a Jerry Jones kind of way. If The Tuna can't take a guy like Kraft, he's not going to get along with anyone.

But he was NOT hands off when he first bought that team..To his credit, unlike JJ, he learned from his mistakes.

June 25, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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But he was NOT hands off when he first bought that team..To his credit, unlike JJ, he learned from his mistakes.

Yep.



<kicks garbage can>

June 25, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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Yep. <kicks garbage can>

Lol... JJ never met a problem he couldn't solve with a bigger hammer. Until now.

June 25, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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Yep. <kicks garbage can>

I think JJ took the wrong things from his early success with Jimmy Johnson. He thought he was the reason they won so much then. He has changed some lately. I think.

June 25, 2013  09:51 AM ET
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This is also his subtle way of saying, "Remember.... I put this team together," as Belichick now gets compared to Lombardi.

But would Parcells have picked Tom Brady?

June 25, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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I think JJ took the wrong things from his early success with Jimmy Johnson. He thought he was the reason they won so much then. He has changed some lately. I think.

Trust me.




He hasn't.

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June 25, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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But would Parcells have picked Tom Brady?

Even if he had, Tuna is from the old school and never likes to play young QB's. He thinks they have to hold a clipboard for 5 years.

June 25, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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But would Parcells have picked Tom Brady?

Good point.

June 25, 2013  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

But would Parcells have picked Tom Brady?

198 players were chosen before Brady. Face it, if Bledsoe never got injured, all of this could be a moot point. Just a perfect storm of circumstances.

 
June 25, 2013  11:11 AM ET

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