Bill Parcells led Super Bowl winners from the sideline. The Miami Dolphins hope he'll do the same from the front office.
The former Patriots coach signed a four-year contract yesterday to lead the Dolphins' football operations, one day after turning down essentially the same role with the Atlanta Falcons.
The two-time Super Bowl champion coach will report directly to Miami owner Wayne Huizenga, whose affinity for big-name help now has led him to Parcells - a 66-year-old former coach of four NFL clubs who owns a home in South Florida and now has a job there, too.
"He has a proven track record of success everywhere he has been in the National Football League," Huizenga said. "And his football acumen will help put the Miami Dolphins franchise back among the elite of the NFL."
Still no cable deal
The NFL responded to pressure from senators by offering Time Warner Cable temporary access to the NFL Network in exchange for using the arbitration process the league wants. But the cable company reaffirmed its preference for private negotiations.
A day earlier, a letter to the NFL from two powerful members of the Senate Judiciary Committee - Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Senator Arlen Specter, R-Pa. - threatened to reconsider the league's antitrust exemption if it didn't make games on the network available to more viewers. Yesterday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt a letter proposing that the cable company could start airing the channel for free if it agreed to a binding arbitration process to determine the price and method for how the network would be distributed. The league has long been in favor of using arbitration to settle the dispute and has asked government officials to force the sides into arbitration. Britt responded with a letter to Goodell declining the offer. The proposal does not apply to Comcast, another large cable provider with which the league is feuding.
The gun used to kill Redskins star Sean Taylor was placed in a sock and thrown into the Everglades, an attorney for one of the four suspects said. Attorney Michael Hornung told the Miami Herald his client, Venjah Hunte, is cooperating with police and wants to help find the murder weapon . . . Rookie quarterback Troy Smith will make his first start Sunday when the Ravens visit Seattle. Starter Kyle Boller missed his second consecutive day of practice yesterday because of lingering effects from a concussion. Baltimore coach Brian Billick said that Smith, last year's Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State, could also start the season finale against Pittsburgh . . . Chad Pennington appears ready to return as the Jets' starting quarterback, even if it's for just one more game. With Kellen Clemens limited again in practice and recovering from a rib injury, Pennington will likely be under center when the Jets play at Tennessee Sunday. Seven weeks after he was benched in favor of Clemens, Pennington remains confident he can lead a team on the field. "I certainly feel that I'm a starter, absolutely," Pennington said. "There's no question in my mind. I can always help someone win." . . . The NFL rejected an appeal by the players' union on behalf of suspended Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones. Goodell turned down Jones's request for leniency Nov. 6. The NFL Players' Association appealed that ruling as excessive and had a hearing by phone Dec. 14. But Jones must serve the final two games of his seasonlong suspension.