Bill Parcells has plenty to say about his 2 ½ year tenure as the Dolphins’ executive vice president of football operations in his biography, Parcells: A Football Life, that’s due for release on Tuesday.
Among the revelations:
### Parcells, who was hired by H. Wayne Huizenga before Huizenga sold the team a year later, indicated he never felt as comfortable working with Stephen Ross as he did with Huizenga.
The book, which was written in the third person by Nunyo Demasio, calls Ross called a “neophyte owner.” He said he received $6 million for serving as a consultant for the final 16 months of his Dolphins contract.
### Parcells, who selected Jake Long with the first pick of the 2008 draft instead of Matt Ryan, said he didn’t believe there was much difference in the NFL potential among Ryan, Joe Flacco and Chad Henne (who was the Dolphins’ second-round pick that year).
He said he opted for Long partly because of financial issues associated with selecting a quarterback first overall, as well as Ryan’s interceptions during his senior season at Boston College.
### Parcells, who left the Dolphins during the 2010 season, said Ross told him four times that he wanted to work toward securing his future with the team but “he never ever does it,… never seems to have the time.”
### Parcells was open to coaching the Dolphins in 2003 but Huizenga was committed to Dave Wannstedt. So Parcells took the Dallas job instead. A high-powered middle man tried to push Huizenga to hire Parcells.
### Parcells didn’t like that Ross brought his “entourage” into the locker-room after games, and Ross apologized after they spoke about the issue. But Parcells liked that Ross was willing to spend money and that he didn’t meddle in football decisions.
### Parcells indicated former general manager Jeff Ireland praised quarterback Pat White before the Dolphins regrettably drafted him 44th overall in 2009. But Parcells took responsibility for the pick.
Ross, asked about the book, said in a statement Friday: "I haven’t read the book but I appreciate all of Bill’s work during his time with the team.”
The Dolphins listed safety Jimmy Wilson (hamstring) as doubtful for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville and linebacker Koa Misi (ankle) as questionable.
Nine Dolphins were listed as probable: Brandon Albert, Charles Clay, Brent Grimes, Cortland Finnegan, John Denney, Jared Odrick, Samson Satele, Dion Sims and Philip Wheeler.
### Jacksonville listed cornerback Allan Ball and defensive end Andre Branch as out for Sunday. The Jaguars’ other starting cornerback, Dwayne Gratz, is questionable.
Jacksonville also will be without Pro Bowl linebacker Paul Posluszny, who was placed on injured reserve this week with a torn pectoral muscle.
Jacksonville is third in the league with 22 sacks but will be without Branch (three sacks) and Posluszny (two).
### The Dolphins will need to make a roster move by 4 p.m. Saturday if they decide to activate Dion Jordan for Sunday’s game. Joe Philbin said Jordan, who returned from a six-game suspension, “looks good” and “hasn’t had any setbacks whatsoever.”
Jordan said he worked with a trainer during his suspension and maintained the same weight throughout (265 pounds).
### It’s surprising that the Dolphins have made no effort so far to re-sign valuable Jared Odrick, who grades out well both against the run and as a pass-rusher, ranks 13th of 72 defensive tackles (per Pro Football Focus) and has played the most of Miami’s tackles (335 snaps to Earl Mitchell’s 210 and Randy Starks’ 189).
Cam Wake said Odrick had Miami’s highest defensive grade against Chicago. Odrick assuredly will have several suitors in free agency next spring, if the Dolphins don't get him signed before then.
“It’s tough not to think about, but it’s part of my job to put it aside,” Odrick said of impending free agency. “I’m excited about the future and what may come. I’d love to be in Miami longterm.”
Still, he made clear that team goals are his primary concern. "I'm tired of woulda, shoulda, coulda," he said of the Dolphins falling short of postseason in recent years. "Let's solidify ourselves as a contender."
### Though Philbin praised Jacksonville rookie quarterback Blake Bortles this week, the third overall draft pick has struggled.
Bortles’ 70.2 passer rating is second-worst in the league, ahead of only Minnesota rookie Teddy Bridgewater, and Bortles has thrown a league-leading 10 interceptions, compared with five touchdown passes.
### Sunday will present opportunities for the Dolphins’ pass-rushers against a Jaguars team that has allowed a league-high 29 sacks.
The Dolphins are tied for 12th in the league with 17 sacks. Cameron Wake is tied for 13th with 4.5 sacks and Olivier Vernon is tied for 28th with 3.5.
### Speaking about the Dolphins’ improved offensive line play, right guard Mike Pouncey said: “We have to give most of our credit to our new offensive line coach John Benton. He’s been doing a great job, him and [assistant] Jack Bicknell. They brought in some different techniques we’ve been using and he grinds us and makes us the players we are.”
Does Pouncey miss playing center? “Of course. I was so good at it,” he said. “But it doesn’t bother me at all. I like the way the five guys gel together, the rotation we have now.”
PHILBIN OPENS UP
### Philbin was asked this week if he believes he needs to be less conservative as a coach. Philbin pointed out that he went for a touchdown on fourth and goal against Green Bay, though the play failed.
“There’s no question I’ve got to do a better job and I plan on doing that,” he said. “I don’t know that it’s linked to being too conservative.”
Philbin was then asked what specifically he needs to do better.
“Getting the team to play consistently well, finishing games better, executing better, getting our turnover margin on the plus side,” he said. “We’re even in the turnover margin. There’s a long list. We don’t have enough time on this phone call for all of the things I’ve got to do better.”
### The Jaguars have several players/coaches with University of Miami ties, including undrafted rookie receiver Allen Hurns (19 catches, 305 yards, three touchdowns), starting rookie right guard Brandon Linder (selected 93rd overall this past May), offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, running backs coach Terry Richardson and practice squad quarterback Stephen Morris.
### Speaking of former Canes, new Dolphins practice squad receiver LaRon Byrd was pleased to see familiar faces in the locker-room: Lamar Miller and Olivier Vernon.
The Cowboys released Byrd from their practice squad Oct. 9 after he broke his arm in practice. Byrd made a fast recovery, and the Dolphins signed him Tuesday.
### Philbin, on Mike Wallace saying the Dolphins need to take some shots down the field: “What a surprise! I can’t believe he would say that.”
But seriously… “I want us to have more explosive plays in our offense, without a doubt,” Philbin said. “But that always doesn’t mean throwing the ball 50 yards down the field. Explosive plays for us are a 16-yard pass or more. I’m not opposed to vertical routes. I love them. We work on them awful hard.”
### Philbin, on Wallace: “The biggest thing I’ve noticed is just his work ethic around here, his comfort around here, I just think he feels better about being a Miami Dolphin. I know that sounds crazy, but I think it’s translated and helped him on the field. I really do. He’s got five touchdowns in six games.”
### Philbin said he told Lamar Miller this week: “We’re going to get you to pop loose there and really break one and show your speed.”
### Former UM cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke was among several players who auditioned for the Dolphins this week.
Al Golden addressed a few topics on a conference call this afternoon, a day after UM’s 30-6 pounding of Virginia Tech on Thursday:
### He said Joe Yearby, who missed the game with a hamstring, will be fine. Juwon Young, who sustained a hamstring injury late in the first half, is also fine, Golden said.
### He said receiver Herb Waters wasn’t a factor in the game because “we ran the ball close to 400 yards. It was a function of personnel groups.”
### Golden had a lot to like: “We didn’t miss many tackles. Everyone was directing the ball to where it needed to be, to the linebacker or safety. The pass rush was good. I wish we could have finished it with a couple more sacks.”
### Golden said he asked the tight ends and Walter Tucker “to block for three hours, and they did it pridefully and did it really well.”
### Golden loves how much Raphael Kirby has improved: “His preparation is through the roof. He’s playing mike and will for us. It goes back to him being mature, being unselfish for us. His production over the last month has been really, really good. I can’t say enough about the direction he’s going.”
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