Top 5 Reasons Parcells Will Stay

Will Bill Parcells call it quits after Sunday's game against St. Louis?

No. 5: Let Youth Be Served
Parcells is no fool. After stockpiling defensive talent in the draft each the last three years, he knows the Cowboys have built a strong foundation for the future. Why not stick around and be a part of it? With DeMarcus Ware, Marcus Spears, Chris Canty, Terence Newman and Roy Williams returning in the years to come, the Cowboys have the potential to become one of the league's top defensive units. Bottom line: this is a team that should have the ability to be competitive and challenge for the playoffs for the forseeable future.

No. 4: Legacy Must Not be Tarnished
Parcells won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants. He took Drew Bledsoe and the New England Patriots to another one. He later guided the New York Jets to the AFC Championship game with Vinny Testaverde as his starting quarterback. Now, in his third year with the Cowboys, he has one playoff game under his belt headed into the final game of the 2005 regular season. He's not about to let his last run end with one playoff appearance (or two pending Sunday's outcome against St. Louis as well as what happens with Washington and Carolina) in three years.

No. 3: What Else Will He Do?
Those that know Bill Parcells know that once March comes rolling around, he'll re-charge the batteries one more time to get himself ready for next season. If there's no football on his agenda, what else does he left to do? There's only so much betting on horses and relaxing one can do in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Bill's destination after Dallas) and keep their sanity. Bill Parcells needs the game of football to keep life interesting, at least for another year or two.

No. 2: He Loves the Game
Parcells loves the game of football. He loves building a team from the ground up. He loves transforming a losing organization into a winner. And he loves doing it in Dallas. With a strong crew of young players returning and another round of uncanny offseason moves, there is optimism surrounding this organization - which makes it that much easier to return for at least another year.

No. 1: He Owes It to Jerry
Surprisingly, Bill Parcells' relationship with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has strengthened since his arrival almost three years ago. Despite a 6-10 season in 2004, in which Jones later proclaimed that Parcells was "drained," these two power hungery football brokers have co-existed much better than most could have ever imagined. Keep in mind, Bill Parcells came to Dallas to help rebuild an organization that needed direction. Right now, he's only halfway home.

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