Former Giants and Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells would have run the ball had he been with New York last night in their 27-26 loss to Dallas.
The Hall-of-Famer and two-time Super Bowl-winning coach joined "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" Monday to talk about coach Tom Coughlin's decision to have quarterback Eli Manning pass the ball on third-and-goal from the Cowboys 1-yard line as opposed to run the ball.
"Well, we all have a retrospective view now," Parcells said. "I would use time myself and try to make them go further. But that's the way it is. You're trying to win the game. You make a choice. Sometimes it doesn't work out."
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Manning rolled out to his right and faced pressure from the Cowboys defense. Instead of taking a sack, Manning heaved the ball out of the back of the end zone, stopping the clock. After a 19-yard Josh Brown field goal and a Cowboys return to the New York 28-yard line, quarterback Tony Romo marched the Cowboys 72 yards for the game-winning touchdown and extra point. Presuming the Giants would not have scored a rushing touchdown, running the ball or taking a sack would have meant Dallas would have had approximately 45 seconds to drive the length of the field. The task was less difficult with 90 seconds as opposed to 45.
"I get a kick out of these Monday morning headlines the first week," Parcells said. "Tomorrow morning after the Monday night game is over, there are going to be 16 teams in 16 cities and 16 head coaches and players and they don't know if they're ever going to win a game and it's a terrible feeling. So, that's where the Giants are now, and that's where 15 other ones are going to be tomorrow morning."
Dallas improves to 1-0 on the season and also has a key division win yet lost receiver Dez Bryant to a broken right foot. Bryant will be sidelined four to six weeks. Does Parcells think the Cowboys or Giants still have a chance to make a run to the playoffs?
"Check with me on Thanksgiving," Parcells quipped.
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