At the end of a Hall of Fame career, Bill Parcells took a front office job with the Miami Dolphins.
The struggling franchise needed a rock solid leader who could make tough choices and Parcells fit the mold.
In 2007, Bill Parcells agreed to become the new Executive Vice President of Football Operations of the Miami Dolphins and went about turning around the team.
In the first season, Parcells fired coach Cam Cameron and GM Randy Mueller after a 1–15 finish in the 2007 season.
He brought in Jeff Ireland to be the general manager and signed Tony Sparano as head coach. Parcells and the new front office signed over 20 players in the free-agent market.
They made unpopular moves releasing fan favorites Zach Thomas, who would end up signing with the Dallas Cowboys, and traded star defensive end Jason Taylor to the Washington Redskins.
The Dolphins finished the 2008 season 11–5, AFC East champions and finished with a 10 game improvement from the previous season, making the Dolphins one of two teams in NFL history to accomplish a 10 game turnaround.
However, Parcells was always skeptical in changes of ownership affecting his mode of operations and when new owner Stephen Ross bought the team it complicated the balance of the team.
According to Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel, the conflict between the new ownership and the front office led to Parcells leaving.
What complicated the relationships within the organization's hierarchy was the fact he had three inexperienced individuals — a first-time head coach in Tony Sparano, a first-time general manager in Jeff Ireland, and a first-time owner in Ross — jockeying for control.
“I think my leaving created a situation that was not good for the Dolphins retrospectively,” Parcells said.
“I think they’re trying to definitely improve the team, and I’m sure that everybody that’s involved is in agreement with the course of action that they’re taking, so hopefully it will work out for them,” Parcells said.
"I had to be talked into coming there, and I didn't anticipate the ownership change," Parcells said.
"I thought I was doing the right thing for the Dolphins to let these guys go, take [the franchise] on their own," Parcells continued.
"But retrospectively, I don't think it was the right thing because I saw things happen that I would have made every effort to try to avoid."
"I left very early in the third year  and we had just beaten the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings on the road. The Packers wound up winning the Super Bowl that year, so there were some things in place," Parcells said. "But my leaving created a situation that was not good for the Dolphins retrospectively.