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Bill Parcells missed coaching. The New England Patriots missed winning. Now they're a team.

"We're going to be a team from top to bottom," Parcells said. "Anyone that has their own agenda . . . won't be around too long."The coach who won two Super Bowls in his last five years with the New York Giants sees no reason why he can't have a chance to win another with a club that has won only four playoff games in its 33 years.

"This is a new start," Parcells said Thursday at a news conference where he was announced as the Patriots coach. "No one passed a rule that said we're not going to win in 1993."

The Patriots were 2-14 last season, tied with Seattle for the NFL's worst record. They have gone 9-39 the past three seasons. Home crowds were small. Talk wouldn't die that owner James Orthwein might move the team to his home town of St. Louis.

Orthwein repeated Thursday that he had no plans to do that and expected to own the team next season, even though he has called himself an interim owner interested in obtaining an expansion franchise in St. Louis.

While he's in Boston, though, he's making promising moves for a franchise that has had three owners and four coaches in five seasons. Parcells is one of them, bringing credibility to a club through his success in eight seasons as coach of the Giants.

"I'm not interested in winning a few games here and there. I've done that. I look for the ultimate challenges in this profession," he said. "I look forward to returning to the profession I love.

"You are what you are, and Bill Parcells is a football coach," he added. "It's like going to the schoolyard when you're a kid. . . . You have to grow up some time, but fortunately I haven't had to."

He spent the past two seasons as an NBC football broadcaster.

Dick MacPherson spent them as coach of the Patriots, compiling an encouraging 6-10 mark in 1991 before this season's slide. MacPherson was fired Jan. 8 and chief executive officer Sam Jankovich resigned the next day.

That cleared the way for a marquee name to take control of the entire football operation. Parcells brushed aside questions about how much power he will have.

"This is not about control. This is a team," he said.

Orthwein indicated that Parcells would have a great deal of control.

"We wouldn't have gone to the expense or the commitment if we weren't going to listen to Bill Parcells," the owner said.

Patrick Forte, the team's vice president of administration, was named executive vice president of football operations.

Details of Parcells' multiyear contract were not released, but he said, "this is my last coaching job, without question."

Parcells, 51, won Super Bowls in 1987 and 1991. In May 1991, he resigned as coach of the Giants. He later had three procedures to clear blocked coronary arteries, then had bypass surgery last June.

"I certainly considered my state of health, but I started feeling good last July," he said Thursday. "It's not an easy job the way I intend to do it."