In speaking about the Parcells rumors that slipped out last week, Campo told the Dallas Morning News, "I'm disappointed that it got out before the end of the season, but I don't think he wanted that to happen. I think he does respect me and he does appreciate my loyalty. I'll tell you what, I've had a great ride here."
A great ride it may have been in his eyes, but certainly not in the eyes of most Cowboys fans.
I hate to say I told you so, but quite frankly, I did. Just as we have maintained here on the Update for weeks now, our beloved Cowboys would lose their last three games, which would ultimately force out the Campo regime.
In reality, it's much more than these three games that will force owner Jerry Jones to make a coaching change early next week. It's lack of support, an overall loss of motivation on the team, and poor decision-making that have ultimately cost the head man his job.
In fact, don't be surprised to the Cowboys lay an egg this weekend to the Redskins. Don't believe me? Just ask Campo himself.
He responded earlier this week by saying, "There's a lot of distractions going on right now with us. If the Redskins don't beat us this weekend, they may never beat us in the history of football," said Campo.
A change is needed, and needed swiftly. In fact, don't be surprised to see an announcement come as early as Sunday evening.
With the all-important 2003 NFL Draft approaching, it will be important to bring a new staff as quickly as possible. While the new coach will inherit a defense with playoff potential and an offense that leaves much to be desired, a winning record still doesn't seem to be too far away with another strong draft.
The popular name in coaching circles continues to be Bill Parcells, the former Giants, Jets, and Patriots head coach. Parcells, who is known for turning teams around quickly and efficiently, may be the most logical choice given the current set of circumstances surrounding the Cowboys this year.
Parcells won't be an easy hire though, as evidenced by his close encounter with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. The former NFL Coach of the Year turned down the Bucs after he was unable to bring in a staff that met his "minimal requirements" at the very last possible moment.
In fact, Parcells may be positioning himself to become a more appealing candidate for head coaching jobs with other teams- namely the Detroit Lions. With Lions' head coach Marty Mornhinweg apparently on the way out, either Parcells or current 49ers coach Steve Mariucci are two possible replacements being considered by Detroit General Manager Matt Millen.
One thing that can be said with certainty- Parcells, who is 61, doesn't have a whole lot of time. It would be impractical for him to take a 4 or 5 year rebuilding project- which is what he would likely be facing in Detroit.
Parcells is the Jerry Jones' number one choice- there's no doubt about that. All that's left to do is sign the contract and move to Irving.
Ah yes...the contract. Funny how little things like a contract can get in the way of a coaching change. The bad news is that since Parcells has already drawn interest from the Cowboys and the Lions, he now has some bargaining power, and judging by what we've seen from him in the past, he's not afraid to ask for what he wants.
What this ultimately comes down to is Jerry Jones, and how much he's willing to pay in order to make this deal work. Fortunately for Cowboys' fans, after going on record by saying that he's "dealt with the most frustrating season" as the Cowboys' owner, he'll likely dig deep.
While the possibilities remain endless, it's important to remember several other names that could emerge after Sunday's game in Washington- namely Mike Holgrem. Of course there are other names that could surface, but only in the case that several proven NFL coaches like Parcells and Holmgren turn down the job.
In any case, you can bank on one fact. Dave Campo will be gone after Sunday's game in Washington. No matter what the score, no matter what happens on the field- it's over.
Parcells is the Ideal Choice
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