Bill Parcells says he's not ready to coach football right now. So the Green Bay Packers must look elsewhere to fill their coaching vacancy.
"Bill Parcells has informed me that, after giving serious thought to a return to coaching, he has decided he is not ready to coach at this time," Packers general manager Ron Wolf said yesterday in a statement.
Wolf talked to Parcells on Wednesday, just days after Parcells had turned down a five-year, $6.5 million offer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to leave NBC-TV and return to coaching.
Speculation was that Wolf, an acquaintance of Parcells, would be able to lure him back to the sideline. But Parcells, who led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl titles before quitting last May, wasn't ready.
Wolf said he never offered Parcells a contract. CBS-TV, however, reported yesterday that Parcells discussed contract terms and potential assistant coaches with the Packers.
Health could have been a factor in Parcells' decision. He underwent a non-surgical procedure (angioplasty) Dec. 16 to clear a clogged artery, but his doctors cleared him to return to coaching. He coached the Giants for eight seasons.
* SEAHAWKS: A rejection by University of Miami coach Dennis Erickson has cleared the way for Tom Flores to claim the Seattle coaching job by as early as tomorrow.
Flores, the team's president-general manager, phoned Erickson on Friday to inquire about his interest in being the replacement for coach Chuck Knox. Having heard that Erickson wasn't interested in applying, Flores interviewed most of the current Seahawks staff of assistants to determine whether they would be interested in returning.
"He said there was a possibility he might take the job, and he told me that he might want to talk to me about something further on Monday," backfield coach Chick Harris said. "He said that there is not much to be fixed on this staff."