Bill Parcells’ 11 Quarterback Commandments

Update: Posted the video from Parcells’ “commandments” above … thanks to Dwain Adams again for this.

I’ve gotten a lot of requests for this list since last night’s blog on one of the most memorable Monday Night Football games I’ve ever seen (Cowboys 25, Bills 24.)
Before the game, former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells shared with ESPN the list of “commandments” he gave to quarterback Tony Romo, a list Romo still keeps in his locker.
Below is that list, paraphrased. Thanks to TonyRomoFan for the updated, more detailed list.

Quarterback commandments:
1. Ignore other opinions – Press or TV, agents or advisors, family or wives, friends or relatives, fans or hangers on – ignore them on matters of football, they don’t know what’s happening here.
2. Clowns can’t run a huddle – don’t forget to have fun but don’t be the class clown. Clowns and leaders don’t mix. Clowns can’t run a huddle.
3. Fat QBs can’t avoid the rush – A quarterback throws with his legs more than his arm. Squat and run.
4. Know your job cold – this is not a game without errors. Keep yours to a minimum. Study.
5. Know your own players – Who’s fast? Who can catch? Who needs encouragement? Be precise. Know your opponent.
6. Be the same guy every day – in condition. Preparing to lead. Studying your plan. A coach can’t prepare you for every eventuality. Prepare yourself and remember, impulse decisions usually equal mistakes.
7. Throwing the ball away is a good play – sacks, interceptions and fumbles are bad plays. Protect against those.
8. Learn to manage the game – personnel, play call, motions, ball handling, proper reads, accurate throws, play fakes. Clock. Clock. Clock. Don’t you ever lose track of the clock.
9. Get your team in the end zone – passing stats and TD passes are not how you’re going to be judged. Your job is to get your team in the end zone and that is how you will be judged.
10. Don’t panic – when all around you is in chaos, you must be the hand that steers the ship. If you have a panic button so will everyone else. Our ship can’t have a panic button.
11. Don’t be a celebrity QB – we don’t need any of those. We need battlefield commanders that are willing to fight it out, every day, every week and every season and lead their team to win after win after win.

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14 thoughts on “Bill Parcells’ 11 Quarterback Commandments

  1. Thanks for posting these. I emailed ESPN last night but don’t hold out much hope for a response. I am sure they’ll be all over the ‘net soon, but they were no where to be found last night. I thought I had it on DVR, but we didn’t get the entire pregame show.

  2. Thank you, for this post, I wanted to share with my elevan year old son who is playing hockey. This adivise can be used in other sports.

  3. Thank you for posting. As of 6pm on Tuesday you are still the only person with this posting.

    I will use this info as i open my own business.

    I am also a Cowboy fan. Good luck Sunday!!

  4. Parcell’s the man! I too could not find these commandments but was telling my high school son who plays quarterback and he found the video and list on this site.
    Long time Cowboy fan! Hope to see them in Phoenix.

  5. Thanks for posting…my 14 year old son listened very attentively last night to Bill Parcells. He is a quarterback for freshman team and he will post these commandments in his locker. Although he is a big fan of Peyton Manning, he really enjoyed the game last night. Being that we are from Texas, it made it even more exciting. Thanks again!!

    Susie

  6. I love DVR – the verbatim transcript which I just transcribed. By the way, this is something every leader and manager can adapt. I smell book deal…

    Parcell’s QB Commandments.

    1. Ignore other opinions – Press or TV, agents or advisors, family or wives, friends or relatives, fans or hangers on – ignore them on matters of football, they don’t know what’s happening here.
    2. Clowns can’t run a huddle – don’t forget to have fun but don’t be the class clown. Clowns and leaders don’t mix. Clowns can’t run a huddle.
    3. Fat QBs can’t avoid the rush – A quarterback throws with his legs more than his arm. Squat and run.
    4. Know your job cold – this is not a game without errors. Keep yours to a minimum. Study.
    5. Know your own players – Who’s fast? Who can catch? Who needs encouragement? Be precise. Know your opponent.
    6. Be the same guy every day – in condition. Preparing to lead. Studying your plan. A coach can’t prepare you for every eventuality. Prepare yourself and remember, impulse decisions usually equal mistakes.
    7. Throwing the ball away is a good play – sacks, interceptions and fumbles are bad plays. Protect against those.
    8. Learn to manage the game – personnel, play call, motions, ball handling, proper reads, accurate throws, play fakes. Clock. Clock. Clock. Don’t you ever lose track of the clock.
    9. Get your team in the end zone – passing stats and TD passes are not how you’re going to be judged. Your job is to get your team in the end zone and that is how you will be judged.
    10. Don’t panic – when all around you is in chaos, you must be the hand that steers the ship. If you have a panic button so will everyone else. Our ship can’t have a panic button.
    11. Don’t be a celebrity QB – we don’t need any of those. We need battlefield commanders that are willing to fight it out, every day, every week and every season and lead their team to win after win after win.

  7. 9. Get your team in the end zone – passing stats and TD passes are not how you’re going to be judged. Your job is to get your team in the end zone and that is how you will be judged.

    “The team that scores the most points is probably going to win today.”

  8. WOW thank you so much for posting these commandments they are truly words to even live by, im gonna break them down and relate it to life in the coming days. posted on my blog

  9. Man great post. Parcells has been proven overly conservative in his conceptualization of the game, BUT the man is very intelligent and these thoughts definitely translate to business and life. What is the Parcell’s quote: “Luck is where preparation meets opportunity”??? Great stuff…

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