Parcells rejoins ESPN as football studio analyst

BRISTOL, Conn. -- Bill Parcells is out of coaching, but not out of football -- and he's rejoining ESPN as a studio analyst.

Parcells, who retired in January as coach of the Dallas Cowboys, is returning to ESPN as part of the "Monday Night Countdown" crew that will precede "Monday Night Football" telecasts.

Parcells worked as a studio analyst on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown in 2002 after spending part of the previous season as a guest analyst. He left when Dallas owner Jerry Jones coaxed him out of retirement to coach the Cowboys.

Parcells, 65, stepped down after four seasons in Dallas, a coaching career that ended in Seattle when quarterback Tony Romo dropped a snap on what might have been a game-winning field goal in a wild-card playoff game.

Overall, he had 19 seasons as an NFL head coach, winning two Super Bowls with the New York Giants. He also took New England to the title game after the 1996 season, becoming one of five coaches to take two different franchises to that game.

In 19 seasons with the Giants, Patriots, New York Jets and Cowboys, Parcells posted a 172-130-1 overall record, including an 11-8 playoff mark. His teams made the playoffs 10 times and won 10 or more games nine times.

"The reason I'm back at ESPN is because of the strong relationships I built there both on the set and behind the scenes," Parcells said in a statement issued by the network.

"I will get the opportunity to work with many of those same people again and I am looking forward to picking up where I left off. Viewers can look forward to hearing a coach's insight on what's happening in the league and I'm excited about lending that kind of perspective."

In addition to the Monday night show, Parcells will also appear on other programs, contribute weekly columns to ESPN.com and co-host a radio show with Chris Mortensen on Friday evenings.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.