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I'm Winston Wolf. I Solve Problems...


As a rule, I try to respond to things rationally and logically at all times. Often times, usually in cases involving my favorite sports teams, I am unsuccesful. In such instances, my first reactions tend to be emotional and frequently incorrect, as my wife can attest. Then, after a cooling down period, I re-evaluate the situation with a clear head. This was the case over the past 48 hours following the official end of the Bill Parcells era. My initial reaction was to feel a bit abandoned, and ultimately, unsatisfied with his performance. Then, the next morning, it occurred to me just how irrational I was being. I was looking back over the last three years, and it all became so clear. He was "The Wolf".

Winston Wolf. Most of you know EXACTLY who I am talking about. He "solves problems". For my money, one of the best fictional characters of my generation. Let's dig in...

The brilliance of the Winston Wolf character exists in his ability to take charge of any situation, using nothing more than logic, efficiency, and a calm demeanor. It was only after the fourth or fifth time I saw the movie that I realized that Winston Wolf didn't use ground-breaking ideas or techniques in order to solve a problem. He simply arrived on the scene, took immediate control, evaluated the situation, and layed out a simple step-by-step plan, bringing a sense of accountability and order to a chaotic situation. He didn't waste time worrying about offending anybody, he just provided a clear plan, and strong leadership. Then, once calm and order had been restored and the path was clear, he vanished as quickly as he had arrived.

See where this is going?

Parcells arrived here with the world caving in around this team. They had just finished 1-15, the laughing stock of the league. There was very little hope for the future, near or not-so-near. We were nowhere close to having a franchise, or even a passable, QB. Our defense had some players, but age had set in, and reinforcements were nowhere to be found. The last few draft classes (and their families) were not inspiring anybody to buy their respective jerseys', and the coaching situation was as bleak as the prospects on the field. Then Wayne Huizenga brought in "The Wolf". He arrived, evaluated the franchise, and immediately set a plan in place, including a new GM and head coach. He was calm. He was rational. He was decisive. And he, almost immediately, brought a sense of calm to the team and its fanbase. He didn't waste time with niceties, ("If I'm curt with you, Jason Taylor, it's only because time is a factor"). He didn't waste a prime draft position by taking the flashy workout rat the fanbase was calling for (Vernon Gholston, anyone?). He knew that a foundation is built with strong solid bricks. And there has been no stronger brick than the Left Tackle we will hopefully watch walk into Canton in the distant, distant future. He brought in leaders, and high-character, high-motor players that perennially great teams have. And when he needed to flash some money, like Winston Wolf ("You like Oak, Jimmy?), he brought in a top three WR, and a play-making LB. And now that order is restored, and we are a top-ten team, just three years removed from that awful season, he simply vanishes, probably moving on to the next "Problem". It's what he does. He solves Problems...And personally, I'm glad he was there when we needed him most.

And remember Phinsiders: Just because you are a character, doesn't mean you HAVE character...

P.S. And yes, I see this all going full circle with the "Winston Wolf/Feed The Wolf" thing...

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