Parcells Exit Has 'Minimal Impact'

Dolphins consultant Bill Parcells made his way into the national headlines once again when word filtered out that he had cleaned out his office at the team's facility in Davie, Fla. However, this has been in the works ever since Parcells downgraded his position on Sept. 7, five days before the season opener, and the shockwaves this time aren't nearly what they were back then.

Dolphins chief executive officer Mike Dee said Parcells' exit has had "minimal impact" on the team's football operations.

"As a consultant, his role will continue whether he's physically here or not," Dee said Tuesday at the team's annual blood drive. "From our point of view, and most importantly, from the football operations point of view, it's football as usual. Nothing has really changed."

Dee said owner Steve Ross has a great deal of faith in the football operations side, which is run by general manager Jeff Ireland and the coaching staff.

"They've gotten a lot done in the short time they've been here; the two and a half seasons (have been) extraordinary," Dee said. "They are competitive week in and week out on the field. I speak for Steve when I say we love the team we have. We're doing everything we can to support their efforts in the second half of the season."

Ireland's contract reportedly was reworked in the wake of Parcells' exit, giving him full control of football operations and enabling him to answer only to Ross.

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