DIRECT CONFRONTATION AND RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF
PERFECTION ARE THE KEY INGREDIENTS FOR BILL PARCELLS' SUCCESS, HE TELLS MIKE WALLACE -- SUNDAY ON "60 MINUTES"
Success in football is about getting it right by getting in people's faces. It's about letting them know who the boss is -- even if a few of your players take a swing at you. So says the Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells, one of the most successful coaches in pro football and the subject of a Mike Wallace interview to be broadcast on 60 MINUTES, Sunday, Oct. 3 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
"We've had a few [players take a swing at him]. That's okay," Parcells tells Wallace. "I think confrontation is healthy because it clears the air very quickly," he says.
Confrontation leads to success, but success hasn't led to happiness for Parcells, who tells Wallace he is miserable during the season. "This game and this business is not without a myriad of incessant problems�even when you are successful�when you win the game," he tells Wallace. "About an hour after the game you have a litany of things you now deal with that are problematic: 'Who's hurt? Who am I going to replace him with? How am I going to get this team ready for next week?'" he complains. "So the times that you are happy are minute compared to the time that you are dealing with problems," says the two-time Super Bowl winner.
The misery used to be worse, he says, but isn't as bad anymore because Parcells knows he can't coach forever. "You know the end is near," says the 63-year-old. "I really do know it, so I can enjoy it more. I am enjoying it a lot more than I did and I'm not beating myself up quite as much," he confides to Wallace.
Parcells is also candid about other subjects in his personal and professional life, including the break-up of his 40-year marriage, why he thinks the way he does and why he came back to coaching after a three-year retirement.