This franchise was so inept by 2008 it wasn't even funny, the total mismanagement of drafts, free agent signings and talent retention was so great that it made Tampa Bay in the 80's look good. Every one who took the reins has some other vision of what was to come and how to make it transpire and it took what little talent that was on the roster and squandered it to the point that nothing at all was accomplished to move the health of the franchise forward. It seemed like every season for a decade the team was being rebuilt to fit someones model of NFL success.
Can you imagine how frustrated the Thomas and Taylor must have been after 5 or 6 years of that ****, I am sure by the time Parcels took over Taylor was at wits end and it lead to the whole debacle between the front office and himself. Thomas was lucky enough not to have to suffer trough one more iteration of transition and was forced to bow out gracefully, he ended up being the lucky one.
Leadership sometimes isn't a popularity contest and there needs to be hard tough decision made, Parcels and Co. did exactly that when they took office and yes I have mother ****ed Parcels at times with some of the decisions that he made but overall this franchise is in completely better heath then it was before he took it over. Yes they need a franchise QB but unfortunately it is the hardest and most risky position to fill in the NFL but they still tried to fill it and build the health of the rest of the team at the same time. It is called mitigation of risk for the long term health of an objective and from time to time you have to sacrifice to reach your objective and Parcels uses this principle.
If this team had a good young QB in the fold right now 99% of the board would be saying - "Praise be to Bill, long live Bill!"
"Frank's Redhot - I Put That **** On Everything!" ~ Ethel
Parcels is only human he did pass on Ryan for Long but Miami had so many needs at the time he used that money to fill how many other holes?
Would Dansby, Marshal, Bell, Davis, Bess, and a host of other young upside stars be in the mix right now? Who knows what effect that would have had on the franchise, we could have been the Arizona of the east - great passing game but severely lacking on Defense. It's a "what if" scenario that will never be answered so take what positives you have, learn from your negatives and move the franchise forward.
Bitching and complaining about the past doesn't change one thing, it just makes you miss out on the present.
The team had one good season. Good, not great. Had the team built on that success, gotten better every year, then Parcells would be praised. But that didn't happen. Instead, this team is as mediocre as it's ever been, with a good chance of three losing seasons in a row. So, now we have a supposedly great defense, coupled with an offense that wouldn't scare Coral Gables High. You're right, we're not Arizona East. We're Wanny's Dolphins redux. That era sure ended well, as will this one I'm sure.
Leave them alone Chubbs, they just suck at what they do best!!!! LMAO