Less than twenty four hours removed from the shock of Bill Tobin's firing, news regarding the Detroit Lions got even more interesting, and it came from a very unlikely source: Former Dalls Cowboys' head coach Jimmy Johnson.
During FOX television's NFL pre-game show, Johnson, an onset analyst, stated that former Packers' GM Ron Wolf and Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells are interested in returning to their respective positions and working together. But the news got even better.
Johnson went on to say that Detroit was a strong possibility, and that Parcells favored Detroit over Dallas because the Lions have superior talent. In recent weeks, Parcells has been linked to the Cowboys organization after speculation that current Dallas head coach Dave Campo will be relieved of his duties following the season.
Johnson didn't speculate on that status of current Lions' VP Matt Millen, nor head coach Marty Mornhinweg. It is believed that, if the right situation comes along, the Ford family could ditch the present regime after two embarassing seasons.
Parcells, 61, coached the New York Giants to Super Bowl victories in 1987 and 1991. After a three-year retirement, Parcells coached the New England Patriots from 1993 to 1997, leading them to a Super Bowl loss against Green Bay in the latter. He took over a 1-15 New York Jets squad the following season, turning them from a dismal, 1-15 doormat to division champions in just two seasons. Parcells again retired from coaching in 2000, and hasn't returned since.
Wolf, 63, served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for Green Bay between 1991 and 2001. Wolf is responsible for the trade that brought future Hall of Fame quarterback and perennial league MVP Brett Favre to the Packers, along with several other notable achievements. Under Wolf's supervision, the Packers compiled a 92-50 record, three consecutive NFC Central championships, and back-to-back Super Bowl appearances (including one win). Wolf, like many successful GM's, built his Packer teams through the draft. An unheard of 75% of his draftees since 1993 are still playing in the NFL.