Former NFL coach Bill Parcells, who rejected an offer Wednesday to become head of football operations with the Atlanta Falcons, is expected to join the Miami Dolphins’ front office, a source close to Parcells told Yahoo! Sports.
Parcells, working as a studio analyst this year after spending the previous four seasons as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, reportedly was on the verge of joining the Falcons. However, Atlanta owner Arthur Blank announced Wednesday afternoon that negotiations with Parcells had fallen through and that Parcells was considering an offer from the Dolphins.
Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga, who had contacted Parcells in recent weeks, made Parcells a more attractive offer to become Miami’s head of football operations, according to the source. A second source also indicated that the process is moving along.
Parcells has long admired Huizenga and the Dolphins organization. Parcells also maintains a home in South Florida, where he enjoys watching baseball, playing golf, and following horse racing.
Both organizations are in the midst of terrible seasons. The Dolphins were flirting with becoming the first NFL franchise to finish 0-16 before beating the Baltimore Ravens Sunday for their initial win of the season. Atlanta’s season took a wrong turn when quarterback Michael Vick pleaded guilty to federal dog-fighting charges and was subsequently suspended indefinitely. First-year head coach Bobby Petrino then abruptly resigned from the Falcons on Dec. 11 to take a head coaching position at the University of Arkansas.
Randy Mueller currently serves as general manager of the Dolphins, but there had been rumblings earlier in the season that Miami could undergo yet another shakeup in the front office and coaching staff.