Quarterback Commandment No. 1

March 12, 2009 at 10:53 am | Posted in Quarterback Commandments | 6 Comments
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I never cared much for Bill Parcells as a football coach – except for the short period of time when he was the Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys. While he wore the Star, I backed him 100%. The general consensus among fans and commentators these days is that he did a good job establishing a talent base for the team and positioning it for a Super Bowl run, and that, if he had stayed on to coach, my beloved Cowboys would have another Lombardi Trophy by now.

I am not sure if I agree with this, but one thing is hard to argue with: Tony Romo became one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL while Bill Parcells was his head coach. Romo has only won one playoff game so far, but his statistics have been phenomenal. Only the biggest Cowboys-bashers or fair-weather fans would deny that Romo’s future is extremely bright if he stays healthy.

The year following Parcells’s departure from the Cowboys, Dallas defeated Buffalo in a Monday night game. During the broadcast, Parcells appeared on camera and read the list of “Eleven Quarterback Commandments” he had given to Romo to help him understand his job, and to further his development. Reportedly, Romo keeps this list taped to his locker. Since that time, one might wonder how seriously Romo takes all these commandments. Having followed most of Parcells’s press conferences, interviews, and many of the reports about him during his time in Dallas, I sometimes wonder if Parcells made up “11” commandments because his ego could not stand not having one more “commandment” than God.

Anyway, in typical Parcells fashion, the Quarterback Commandments are witty, concise, and sensible. They also reminded me of spiritual principles from the Bible. Not every Christian is a “quarterback,” I guess, but we all get to carry the ball from time to time, and we even have to “call a play,” every now and then. Among the players, the quarterback is the leader of the team, and all Christians, as they mature, should be assuming some type of “leadership” in ministry, even if it is just in their own family, or in the “leading” of someone to the Lord.

So, over the next few weeks (or months), I will post the 11 Quarterback Commandments, one at a time, and try to draw a spiritual, Biblical application for each one.

Commandment No. 1: Ignore other opinions – press or TV, agents or advisors, family or wives, friends or relatives, fans or hangers-on – on matters related to football. They don’t know what’s happening here.

This is a good principle to follow in our spiritual lives as well. I have heard it said that the middle verse in the whole Bible is Psalm 118:8: “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” This does not mean that we should ignore everyone who might have some valuable advice for us, but it does mean that there will always be “experts,” spectators, and “know-it-alls” observing your life. (Warren Wiersbe says that an “expert” is a regular “spurt” under pressure.) Their opinions are pretty easy to discount. But there will also be close friends, family members, wives, and co-workers, who actually do have your best interest at heart. The time to disregard the advice and influence of those who mean well is the second that they deviate from the Word of God as revealed in Scripture.

The Word of God is not only where you should go FIRST to determine if what you are doing is right. It is also where you should go LAST. Wait upon the Lord to show you what to do, and then let Him be the one to give the final evaluation on whether you are doing it His way.

Other good verses that support Quarterback Commandment No. 1 in its spiritual application:

Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?

Isaiah 2:22

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

II Corinthians 10:5

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  1. […] Quarterback Commandment No. 2 March 19, 2009 at 11:37 am | In Bible Studies, Quarterback Commandments | This is the second in a series of 11 “Quarterback Commandments” which Bill Parcells gave to Tony Romo, quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. The connection between the Quarterback Commandments and this series of Bible lessons can be found in the preface to Quarterback Commandment No. 1. […]

  2. […] Commandment No. 1 had to do with ignoring worthless opinions. […]

  3. […] Spiritual Application: The time to disregard the advice and influence of those who mean well is the second that they deviate from the Word of God as revealed in Scripture. The Word of God is not only where you should go FIRST to determine if what you are doing is right. It is also where you should go LAST. Wait upon the Lord to show you what to do, and then let Him be the one to give the final evaluation on whether you are doing it His way. (Isaiah 2:22; II Corinthians 10:5) […]

  4. […] be observed. Your job, as a servant leader, will be to watch for the needs of others, and, while you are not to be overly self-conscious, you must be aware that God’s people will be watching you. Many will be looking for encouragement […]

  5. […] football coach was asked if one of his players was more focused on practice, now that the player’s best friend […]

  6. […] word “cease” in this Verse is a command from God. It tells His people to stop honoring, accounting for, respecting, fearing, and loving men in the place of God. This is emphasized by the strong reminder […]


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