Little Debbies with a Side of Tuna
I've been thinking about this a lot today. Perhaps it's not as far fetched as I once thought. I'll just come out with it: Is Bill Parcells the professional equivalent of Dennis Franchione?
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Dennis Franchione was brought to a&m based on his track record. He had been successful at New Mexico, TCU and Alabama before landing in College Station. He built up a reputation as a program architect which led to high expectations from the aggy fanbase. During his stint, he has had 2 seasons where he didn't make a bowl and 2 seasons where he was embarrassed in a bowl. (The two worst bowl losses in a&m's history as a matter of fact) He started his coaching with quarterback Dustin Long at the helms and later switched to veteran Reggie McNeil. (Long has since transferred) Despite this, it was the emergence of Stephen McGee that really brought his program to life. But, when it came to big games, he has not been successful. He has mustered a pathetic 2-14 record against the upper echelon of the Big 12: Texas, ou, Texas Tech and Nebraska. He has also led the ultimate humiliation of getting beaten 77-0 at the hands of ou. Had he not beaten rival Texas this year, he would probably not be welcomed back to College Station.
Bill Parcells was hired by the Cowboys to revive a franchise that had been struggling to get back to their glory years. Parcells had found success with the NY Giants, NE Patriots and NY Jets before landing in Dallas. He built up a reputation as a program architect which led to high expectations from the Cowboys' fanbase. During his stint, he has 2 years where the Cowboys did not make the post season and 2 seasons where the Cowboys had a first round exit. (It’s been 11 years since Dallas last won a playoff game) He started his coaching with quarterback Quincy Carter at the helms but later switched to veterans Vinny Testeverde and Drew Bledsoe. ("The Q" has since been cut) Despite this, it was the emergence of Tony Romo that really brought his program to life. But, when it came to big games, he has not been successful. He has mustered a pathetic record against the upper echelon of the NFC East: Philadelphia, NY Giants. He has also led the humiliation of getting beaten by a 3-13 Detroit team at home. Had he not beaten rival the NY Giants this year, he probably would not be welcomed back to Dallas.
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