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Tuna update: Almost a Falcon

Bill Parcells is being a little more forthcoming with his ESPN colleagues. He's now telling them that he and Falcons owner Arthur Blank are closing in on a deal that will make Parcells the team's new vice president in charge of football operations.

The weird thing about it is that Parcells indicates he would hire a general manager as well as a coach, which seems to add a layer of administration in the Atlanta organization. I mean, if Parcells is the VP of football operations and there's a GM, who makes the call on the draft picks, on free agents, on the trades? Or will the GM just mind the cap stuff and the contract negotiations?

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In addition, there's a possibility -- although it's tough to say how great -- that the former head football guy in the Atlanta front office, Rich McKay, could stay on as president and do non-operational stuff.

It's kind of funny that Parcells would endorse such a multi-layered football organization because when he was coach of the Giants, he and GM George Young famously butted heads over the personnel issue.  For instance, it's Parcells -- in arguing that it was the coach who should make the calls on personnel -- who is credited with saying (loosely paraphrased), "If they want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for the groceries."


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