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Bill Parcells: I regret the way things ended up in New England

06.24.13 at 12:25 pm ET
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Bill Parcells said his greatest regret as a coach was the way things ended for him in New England. In an interview with USA Today, Parcells, who coached the Patriots from 1993 until 1996, said he was sorry about the way things ended, calling himself “too headstrong” when it came to his relationship with owner Robert Kraft.

“I regret leaving New England. Had we done things differently … ” said Parcells, who left for the Jets following the Patriots loss in Super Bowl XXXI. “I had a good young team there. I hated to leave that team, because I knew what we could do.

“I was absolutely too headstrong. And he might have been a little headstrong, too. I think both [Robert] Kraft and myself, retrospectively, would have done things a little differently.”

Corbett also spoke with Kraft, who also shared a similar regret about the way things went down.

“At a Super Bowl, Bill was standing there as I approached, and he just said to me, ‘If I had to do it all over again. I would have done things differently.’ And I said, ‘So would I,’” Kraft said. “It would have been pretty special. We were just coming at it from different times. And so much in life is timing. But in the end, we have a great relationship today. I have great respect for him. He did a great deal for our franchise. And I will forever be grateful for that.”

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