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Parcells Plans To Stay Jets Coach

January 18, 1999

DENVER (AP) _ Bill Parcells has no plans to hop on the coaching carousel that has seen eight coaches fired or resign since the end of the regular season.

``Forget that,″ Parcells said when asked if he would step down after the New York Jets lost 23-10 to Denver in the AFC championship game Sunday.

There had been speculation that Parcells might leave, especially if the Jets won the Super Bowl.

Parcells cut short his postgame press conference, pleading exhaustion.

But he made it clear he was planning to return next season, saying the Jets need to ``start where we started last year, and not try to just pick up where we left off. We have to start over.″

Earlier in the week, reflecting on the heavy workload during the season, Parcells said, ``Success is never final. Never. There is always more to do.

``It can be arduous. It is hard work to get to where you are now. You’ve got to reteach your team every week, because it’s a new environment every week.″

Jimmy Johnson nearly became the ninth coach to leave since the season ended. He made plans to resign last week, then decided to remain with the Miami Dolphins.

Five coaches were fired the day after the regular season ended _ Dennis Erickson of Seattle, Ray Rhodes of Philadelphia, Dave Wannstedt of Chicago, Dom Capers of Carolina and Ted Marchibroda of Baltimore.

Since then, Green Bay’s Mike Holmgren resigned and took the Seattle job and Marty Schottenheimer of Kansas City quit. June Jones resigned at San Diego to take the job at Hawaii.

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