I missed the HBO special yesterday (and I just bought the channel, too), but apparently former Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells says Tony Romo is the reason he left the organization.
His comments are probably going to make some fans livid, and others may sympathize with what he has to say, but I have my own opinions about it.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Parcells said:
“We’d just lost to Seattle and I’m flying back,” Parcells told Andrea Kremer of HBO from his summer home in Saratoga Springs. “I’m sitting up with the pilots, you know, I have a little fear of flying so I ride up in the cockpit. And I said, ‘This is probably going to be my last trip.’ And you just know. You don’t want to go through the whole process again, to get to right where we were. You know?
“And all you got to do is kick a field goal, the most elementary of plays, and then you just don’t do it. And so I don’t want to go through that process again. Too much blood.”
Pressure. Parcells could not handle the pressure. He’d probably have died of heart failure this past season, losing to the New York Giants after going 13-3. But what irks me in his comments is that he takes absolutely no responsibility for his own coaching decisions. Who in the hell has their starting quarterback hold for field goals? Yes, Romo dropped the snap, but he should have never been back there anyway. You want someone with dry hands who hasn’t been tired by the rigors of a playoff game. At this point, he was the starting quarterback of one of the most powerful and prestigious teams in football. That’s more pressure than Bill Parcells will ever handle.
Personally, I think it is predictable that Parcells would place blame on one of the greatest football stories the NFL currently has. His jealousy of what is to come in Dallas might just put him over the edge. We suggest he get over it and concentrate on the 1-15 Jason Taylor-less Miami Dolphins.