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Parcells says all right things

FOXBOROUGH -- Bill Parcells. Motivator. Intimidator. Politician.

"I think he's done an outstanding job in New England," Parcells said yesterday of Bill Belichick, with whom Parcells is believed to have been at odds since their breakup three years ago. "I'm glad things have worked out well for Bill. I have no hard feelings about anything. It's the truth. I know it's been characterized as otherwise, but that's not the case at all. I do wish him well. He's done a good job for their franchise and I'm happy things worked out for him."

A subplot to the battle of the Bills is Parcells's relation to Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli. Pioli is married to Parcells's daughter, Dallas. ("My college roommate's wife was named Dallas," Parcells said. "Nothing to do with the Cowboys.")

The Piolis recently had a daughter, Mia Costa. "I'm hoping I get to see her," Parcells said of his granddaughter. "I haven't ever seen her. I'm going to hope that I really get a chance to see her. I'm going to speak with my daughter Dallas later on in the week and see if we can't work something out. Being that it's a night game Sunday, hopefully we can do something."

As for his relationship with Scott Pioli, "We try not to infringe on each other's territory. Everyone knows what the boundaries are, and that's only incidental. All I hope is that Scott has been a good husband to my daughter Dallas and a good father to my granddaughter. That's all I care about. I don't care about anything else."

Looking ahead

Mike Compton grew a full head of hair during the time since surgery to repair a broken bone in his left foot in late September. He's back to being bald. "I shaved it off," he said. "I started looking like Matt Light."

Compton, on injured reserve and out for the season, paid a visit to the Patriots' locker room yesterday. The 33-year-old guard/center is in the final year of his contract and hopes to have a locker there beyond this season.

"Hopefully, with what I've done here, it'll work out for a couple more years," he said. "I'd like to stay here. I like the New England area. I like my teammates and my coaches. It's a good fit for me."

Compton said he suffered the injury in early August, but doctors discovered the break, which he described as a "hairline fracture," from an MRI and CAT scan after the Eagles game. He said he'll begin his rehab once he discards his crutches.

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