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Parcells steps aside but still a consultant

MIAMI — Bill Parcells is putting his protege in charge.

The Dolphins' football czar has given control of the team to general manager Jeff Ireland but will retain a role as a daily consultant. The Dolphins announced the move in a three-sentence statement Tuesday, five days before the start of the season.

The change was part of a long-range plan when the Parcells regime took over at the end of the 2007 season, the statement said: "This was the intent of the structure put in place in the past."

Ireland assumes full control over all aspects regarding the team and support staff.

Parcells joined the Dolphins in December 2007 as executive vice president of football operations, then hired Ireland two weeks later. The two had been together with the Dallas Cowboys.

Parcells, 69, can leave any time and collect the balance of the $12 million due him under a four-year contract that expires after the 2011 season.

Last season the Dolphins went 7-9 and have gone nine years without a postseason victory.

The news that Parcells was stepping back caught linebacker Channing Crowder by surprise.

"He's just a great guy to have on your side," Crowder said. "But he brought a bunch of great people in, too."

Haynesworth on block?

NASHVILLE — The Redskins and the Titans are in discussions about a trade of disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, AP reported.

Washington signed Haynesworth to a $100 million contract in 2009 as a free agent, and the tackle accepted a $21 million bonus in April. But it has been a nonstop battle of wills between Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and Haynesworth since.

The Redskins did not respond to requests for comment. Titans coach Jeff Fisher was asked about the team's interest during his weekly radio show, and said Haynesworth is under contract with the Redskins.

"If they're willing to look into the possibility of dealing him, of course we'll listen to them. We listen to those types of things almost every day," Fisher said.

ESPN first reported the teams were discussing a deal for Haynesworth, who spent his first seven seasons with Tennessee.

OFFICIAL CHANGE: Peyton Manning complained, the NFL listened and now the league is again tweaking the umpire rule.

The league announced that the umpire will stay 12 yards from the line of scrimmage when the ball is snapped instead of 15 yards, which was the spot in the preseason. The umpires must only get beyond the deepest running back — not established in position — before the ball can be snapped.

The change should make it easier for no-huddle offenses to operate. That should please Manning, the Colts' perennial Pro Bowl quarterback who expressed frustration after a loss Aug. 26 at Green Bay when he was called twice for illegal snaps.

BRADY DEAL? The Boston Herald reported that a deal was "imminent" to extend the contract of quarterback Tom Brady, 33, a three-time Super Bowl winner. The deal, including the same $6.5 million Brady is due this season, would be for four years and about $64.5 million, the Herald reported.

BRONCOS: Running back LenDale White had surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles' tendon, which ended his season.

BROWNS: Linebacker David Veikune, a second-round draft pick last year, was waived and offensive lineman Steve Vallos was claimed off waivers from Seattle.

EAGLES: Rookie defensive end Ricky Sapp had arthroscopic surgery to clean up his right knee, which has slowed him since he tore his ACL in 2008 at Clemson.

REDSKINS: Donovan McNabb said his sprained ankle isn't 100 percent, but it won't keep him from starting the opener Sunday night against Dallas. "Yes, I will be starting this weekend," McNabb said on ESPN980 radio. "And I look forward to it."

SEAHAWKS: Safety Jordan Babineaux was re-signed a day after being waived, and defensive tackle Craig Terrill was released.

Parcells steps aside but still a consultant 09/07/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 1:01am]
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