Bill Parcells decided to step away from coaching after the 2006 season, his fourth with the Dallas Cowboys, but he wants to make clear that owner Jerry Jones was not the reason for his departure. Parcells told Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com this week that he considers Jones a friend, who takes more criticism than is really warranted.
“I think there’s a definite misperception,” Parcells said. “I just think everyone thinks things are a certain way. I didn’t see it to be that way. I think Jerry is a good businessmen and a good listener. What you have to do is make sense to him. You’ve got to make sense to him. If he thinks you’re making sense, he’ll alter his opinion. I enjoyed him. I like him. I like him a lot.”
Of Parcells’ four seasons in Dallas, he posted three winning records and a pair of playoff berths, but the Parcells-led Cowboys never did win a playoff game.
“I liked my experience there,” Parcells said. “It didn’t turn out perfect from a record-standpoint. I understand all of that. But I learned a lot and I enjoyed working there.
“Jerry and I are pretty good friends. I don’t know whether or not people know that. We talk a little bit. I wouldn’t say frequently. We talk a little bit. We talked recently. It’s good. And I’m close with Stephen [Jones], too. I enjoyed working there with the Joneses. They were supportive and tried to help.”
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