There was a lot of shock and disappointment after Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels backed out of his agreement to become head coach of the Colts. But the home of runaway brides still is Tampa Bay. Not once, but twice, Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells agreed to coach the Bucs, only to leave them at the altar. The first time took place after the 1991 season. Then-Bucs owner Hugh Culverhouse called an 11 a.m. news conference. Just before the show was to begin, NFL insider Will McDonough went on NBC with Bob Costas to report Parcells had pulled out of the deal at the eleventh hour, saying he just didn't feel "comfortable.'' A crestfallen Culverhouse waved a document with more than 30 demands by Parcells he had signed off on in front of reporters that day. The next time turned out to be one of the most embarrassing chapters in Bucs history. At least two weeks before Tony Dungy coached his final game in Tampa Bay, the Glazer family that owns the Bucs entered a secret agreement with Parcells. After reporting on the story for several weeks and having about a half dozen sources confirm it, I approached Dungy the week before the Bucs' divisional playoff game at Philadelphia. He was focused on preparing his team and didn't believe his job was in jeopardy. Two days before the game, the Times published the story, saying, among other things, Parcells had agreed to a contract to coach the Bucs, Monte Kiffin would remain as defensive coordinator and Jets assistant general manager Mike Tannenbaum would become general manager.
Forget Colts and Josh McDaniels; no team knows runaway brides better than Bucs
Tampa Bay Times | Feb 10