Giving Up Never an Option for Parcells

Bill Parcells has made his offseason agenda crystal clear.

Just for the record, Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said he never ever had any intention on quitting following the 2004 season.

Was he down in the dumps after finishing a disappointing 6-10 one year after taking his team to the playoffs with a 10-6 record?


Was he frustrated with how his team responded to him last season?


But quitting with two years left on his contract was not an option.

"You get a little down and out once in a while, but I didn't think about quitting," Parcells said. "I just wouldn't do it."

Despite all of his success, Parcells said he is motivated by a fear of failure.

Suffice it to say, the Cowboys have given him a lot of motivation for 2005.

Parcells has never had back to back losing seasons and he has turned this team over in the offseason trying to prevent that from happening.

Parcells has made wholesale changes on the coaching staff, the scouting department and the roster with at least six high-profile free agent signings -- quarterback Drew Bledsoe, running back Anthony Thomas, defensive tackle Jason Ferguson, cornerback Anthony Henry, guard Marco Rivera and cornerback Aaron Glenn.

Combine that with the strong draft and Parcells believes the Cowboys can have a turnaround season in 2005.

"It's just you have to try to do all you can do to win all the time, and that's a lesson I learned a long time ago. I really tried to go back and re-evaluate myself, the plan, the program," Parcells said. "There was a lot of uncertainty here in the off-season. There were so many things I wanted to try to fix, I didn't know how things were going to fall out.

"But Jerry and I talked a long time about our approach to free agency. Stephen (Jones), Jerry and I were talking about that from the end of the season, here's the plan, here's what we kind of want to try to do and let's really try to get this done. I take my hat off to him now. He really stayed with us on that."

Jones is so optimistic about Parcells' attitude and commitment that he went on national radio last week and predicted that Parcells would stay with the Cowboys past his contract expiring in 2006.

Of course, that could change if the Cowboys don't get on a winning track.

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