Big Tuna Will Join Sorry Fish
Parcells to head Dolphins' football operations
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Dec 20, 2007 3:55 PM CST
Miami Dolphins Michael Lehan (22) grabs a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens' Devard Darling (81) after he lost control of the ball in the second half of the Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, NFL football game...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Bill Parcells is set to run the Dolphins' football operations for the next four years. The legendary coach appeared to be on the verge yesterday of signing a contract with the Atlanta Falcons, but he changed his mind when Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga approached him with an offer, and said he had no plans to sell the Miami team. Parcells will report directly to Huizenga, reports ESPN.

The Miami Herald describes a two-week dance between the parties before the team reached agreement with the former Patriots and Cowboys coach. In the end, Parcells and his agent got what they wanted: a stable boss, and complete leeway for Parcells to handpick players and staff to revitalize the faltering team. "We're going to have a new daddy," joked one team member.