Bill Parcells knew it wasn't going to be easy in his first-season with the Dallas Cowboys. Despite beating the Atlanta Falcons in almost every statistical category, the Cowboys lost to the Falcons 27-14, in spite of Parcells efforts and experience.
"Hey, winning isn't contagious, it
is something that you learn how to do, then it is something that you expect to
do every time you step on the field," Parcells recently said. "If you don't want
to come in here (
The expectation level for the
Cowboys has been elevated with the arrival of Parcells. Known for turning around
teams that were struggling upon his arrival, Parcells may be up against his
toughest challenge to date. He isn't walking into
According to Parcells, this Cowboys team is different when compared to teams he has coached in the past. Not as big and physical at the point of attack, smaller and quicker at linebacker, and athletic, but not physical in the defensive backfield, 2003 is expected to be a trying time for the veteran coach.
"We are not where I want us to be or where we need to be to win in this league. Will we eventually get to that point? We better, or none of us here will have a job," Parcells said. "This team will be competitive and it will get better as the season progresses."
Despite losing, the Cowboys were in the game against the Atlanta Falcons. It may take a few weeks, but Parcells has already started putting his label on this team.