NFL News of December 30, 2002

Dave Campo, Dick LeBeau and Tom Coughlin are out. Bill Parcells is back, almost, apparently.

Parcells is expected to follow Campo as coach of the Dallas Cowboys, but until owner Jerry Jones has him tethered to a podium, any announcement of the return of Parcells is premature.

The Dallas Morning News reported a four-year deal with Parcells for $18 million has been agreed upon, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are crying foul, saying Parcells signed a four-year deal with them last year before backing out. NFL officials say the contract was never sent to the league office for approval, so the Bucs’ desire for compensation is not expected to become an issue.

…Coughlin posted a 72-64 record in eight years as the autocratic general manager and coach of the Jaguars, including four playoff appearances and two AFC championship games, outstanding for an expansion team. But over the last three years, the record of 19-29 and salary cap problems caught up with him. When attendance in the small market dwindled, he was done.

— Don Pierson, The Chicago Tribune “Three coaches fired; Parcells apparently is back”

Dave Campo served as the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns and assistant head coach/defensive backs coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars before returning to Cowboys as defensive backs coach from 2008 – 2011.

Dick LeBeau served as the assistant head coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2003, before returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers as defensive coordinator, a title he still holds. The Steelers won Super Bowl titles following the 2005 and 2008 seasons.

Tom Coughlin spent the 2003 season out of the NFL before becoming the head coach of the New York Giants. He led the Giants to Super Bowl titles following the 2007 and 2011 seasons.

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