Even Parcells admits the Cowboys, who were a surprising 10-6 last season, are regressing.
"It's my fault," Parcells said. "I take full responsibility for it. I really do ... because I'm the head coach. It's my responsibility to put a team that performs better than that on the field."
Parcells, who got little sleep following the loss to Green Bay and spent 12 hours watching film on Tuesday, believes he has a plan to fix the Cowboys.
But he couldn't deny his frustrations over a team that has taken a step back from where they were a year ago.
"I just feel like I'm not doing a good job right now. That's the truth," Parcells said. "I really honestly thought that going into training camp this year that we had a chance to be much better than last year. It just hasn't turned out that way. We are not in good shape mentally or physically."
While injuries have been a problem for the Cowboys this season, Parcells again said he's guilty of mismanagement and/or misjudgment. Many decisions in offseason were based on the Cowboys having the No. 1 defense last season and needing to improve on offense to be a better team in 2004.
He said he had no expectations of a current Cowboys defense whose major problems include untimely penalties, giving up big plays and not getting stops on third down.
"I've seen some evidence defensively that we are struggling to stop people," Parcells said. "So starting out the season, there is no way that you can assume, when you've had a pretty successful defense the year before that all of a sudden it's going to reverse itself to the extent that it has. I thought we had a few more playmakers offensively, that if we can play the same type of defense, we'll be more explosive offensively. So now I have to alter my approach a little bit."
The changes Parcells makes will likely be more strategic and philosophical -- with a bigger emphasis on running the ball on offense to take pressure off the reeling defense.
According to many Cowboys players, the biggest changes need to come in the locker room and from within.
Defensive tackle La'Roi Glover refuses to accept Parcells taking all the blame.
"I don't like it when that happens," Glover said. "He is just being a man and manning up. The only way he knows how to do it is putting it on himself. The players need to do the same things. We need to accept responsibility, put pressure on ourselves to get this turned around.
Running back Richie Anderson agreed, saying players play and coaches coach.
"I am not going to allow him to take all the blame," Anderson said. "He's been a successful coach in this league for a long time. I will take responsibility as players. We are going to talk about that this week. We have a lot of season left. We can still get this turned around. We just have to do it."
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