Parcells: Still Man On A Mission

Tells <b>Mike Wallace</b> Confrontation, Perfection Pursuit Are Key

Success in football is about getting it right by getting right in people's faces. It's about letting them know who's boss - even if a few of your players take a swing at you.

Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells offers those observations and many more to Mike Wallace Sunday, Oct. 3, on 60 Minutes.

Parcells, one of football's most successful coaches with two Super Bowl wins and another appearance on his resume, says, "We've had a few [players take a swing at me]. That's OK. I think confrontation is healthy because it clears the air very quickly."

Confrontation may lead to success, but Parcells admits success doesn't always lead to happiness for him.

He tells Wallace he is miserable during the season.

"This game and this business is not without a myriad of incessant problems…even when you are successful…when you win the game," he says. "About an hour after the game you have a litany of things you now deal with that are problematic: 'Who's hurt? Who am I going to replace him with? How am I going to get this team ready for next week?' So the times that you are happy are minute compared to the time that you are dealing with problems."

The misery used to be worse, he says, but isn't as bad now because Parcells knows he can't coach forever. "You know the end is near," the 63-year-old concedes. "I really do know it, so I can enjoy it more. I am enjoying it a lot more than I did and I'm not beating myself up quite as much."

Parcells is also candid with Wallace about other subjects in his personal and professional life, including the break-up of his 40-year marriage, why he thinks the way he does and why he came back to coaching after a three-year retirement.

See the interview Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

  • Brian Dakss

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