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Bill Parcells says he regrets leaving Patriots for Jets

By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   June 24, 2013 at 2:28 PM   |   Comments

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June 24 (UPI) -- As Bill Parcells prepares for his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in August, he has started to look back on his career.

He said he does have regrets, despite the successes leading up to his induction. His foremost regret is leaving the Patriots for the Jets in 1997.

"I regret leaving New England. Had we done things differently... I had a good young team there. I hated to leave that team, because I knew what we could do," Parcells said.

Parcells took the Patriots to the playoffs in 1996, his last year as their coach. They eventually lost the Super Bowl to the Green Bay Packers. Parcells was unhappy there, though, because he said he lacked sway in personnel decisions. He and then-new owner Robert Kraft clashed on several occasions, so Parcells decided to leave.

With the Jets, he made it to the AFC Championship in 1998. But he said he still felt there was unfinished business with the Patriots. Parcells had already led the Giants to the 1986 and 1990 Super Bowls, where they took home trophies. He was named coach of the year in his second year with the Patriots.

Since his departure, Kraft and Parcells have made up, and the Patriots have gone to five Super Bowls and won three under head coach Bill Belichick.

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