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Bill Parcells still thinks Bill Walsh cheated during 1980s playoffs

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This week’s hot topic of fake injuries gave Bill Parcells an opportunity to return to one of his hobbyhorses today: That when he was coach of the Giants, 49ers coach Bill Walsh cheated by disabling the coaches’ booth-to-sideline communication system.

Asked on ESPN to offer his thoughts on the fake injury controversy, Parcells pivoted to a different form of cheating.

“This kind of stuff has been going on in the NFL for quite some time, but it takes different forms,” Parcells said. “This is not just restricted to the defense. I know from past history in two playoff games, one of these teams that was famous for using a script, which they rehearsed with their team prior to the game — they knew exactly what they wanted to do — mysteriously, two years in a row, when the game started, their phones went down, which mandates that the other side put their phones down. Now, let me get this straight. You’ve got your script rehearsed, you know what you’re going to do, the defense doesn’t know what’s coming, but they have to take their phones off?”

Parcells didn’t name Walsh or the 49ers, but that’s obviously who he was referring to. Parcells made the same claim in 2007, referring to two Giants-49ers playoff games (after the 1985 and 1986 seasons) when Parcells coached against Walsh.

The Giants won both those games, so Parcells isn’t suggesting that cheating cost his team a game. But it’s obviously something that bothers him: A quarter century later, he still hasn’t let it go.

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32 Responses to “Bill Parcells still thinks Bill Walsh cheated during 1980s playoffs”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 25, 2011 12:56 PM

    Bill’s just telling it like it is, he always does.

  2. steeltown56 says: Sep 25, 2011 1:01 PM

    Funny…. I heard Bill Parcells cheated the Dolphins out of millions. He Left them worse off than Jimmy Johnson did. See a pattern here Phin fans???

  3. marcsasharc says: Sep 25, 2011 1:02 PM

    haha what a loser. Walsh > Parcells

  4. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 25, 2011 1:03 PM

    Parcells went on to add that he really wished kids would get off his lawn.

  5. jimmysimpson55 says: Sep 25, 2011 1:05 PM

    The guy is dead, let it go.

  6. paulieorkid says: Sep 25, 2011 1:12 PM

    Parcells is no soft, fuzzy and cuddly teddy bear — but I do not doubt his claims regarding Walsh, and don’t blame Parcells for still being irked.

    Walsh appeared so grandfatherly to the casual glance, especially in those teary-eyed celebrations when he’d rest his white-haired head on the shoulders of Ronnie Lott while sobbing uncontrollably.

    But the guy was a stone cold killer, belying his appearance. Very smart, yet also very cut-throat. Hearing Parcells’ account sounds spot on.

  7. sickpuppyz says: Sep 25, 2011 1:13 PM

    that means BB did an even greater job as D coord than his famous SB game plan that resides in the HOF suggests.
    Maybe its telling Parcells never won any rings without BB.

  8. j972 says: Sep 25, 2011 1:14 PM

    Parcells has been a huge disappointment on ESPN. He’s not doing his homework. Last week Hoge showed him during a segment.

  9. kd75 says: Sep 25, 2011 1:18 PM

    And Parcells would selectively open and close the end zone gates at Giants stadium to control the wind. Big deal.

  10. ghostofhenrystram says: Sep 25, 2011 1:19 PM

    The lifesize clone of a dead man in Oakland wrote the book on cheating.

  11. marcsasharc says: Sep 25, 2011 1:25 PM

    lets compare the statistic that matters between the 2 coaches. rings.

    🙂

  12. david7590 says: Sep 25, 2011 1:30 PM

    Like you never cheated. Where do you think Belichick learned it from?

  13. jackblackshairyback says: Sep 25, 2011 1:35 PM

    Almost like the guy wearing a green shirt. You’re not paranoid, are you, Bill?

  14. forever8young says: Sep 25, 2011 1:41 PM

    Yo Parcells, bitter much?

  15. packerfaninsandiego says: Sep 25, 2011 1:45 PM

    anytime when someone says, “I think….” it means you don’t know

  16. mogogo1 says: Sep 25, 2011 1:46 PM

    The definition of petty. They won both games but 25 years later it’s STILL bothering him.

    And, of course, in all his years of coaching there was never a single example of somebody on Parcells’ teams faking an injury. Because that’s just stuff the other teams did, right Bill?

  17. wherezwaldo says: Sep 25, 2011 1:53 PM

    Bill Walsh is a Saint!!!

  18. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 25, 2011 2:00 PM

    As a Pats fan, I hate Parcells.

  19. Single Filament says: Sep 25, 2011 2:10 PM

    Bill Parcells sucks.

  20. cantonbound13 says: Sep 25, 2011 2:15 PM

    Parcells needs to bring up the 80’s because that’s the last time he was actually successful at something. Ironic that he had Bellicheck as an assistant.

  21. cantonbound13 says: Sep 25, 2011 2:17 PM

    Bill is nothing but a quitter, failure and liar.
    He shouldn’t even be in the same conversation as Walsh.

  22. escoboltsfan says: Sep 25, 2011 2:18 PM

    how many Super Bowls have the Pats won since they were caught cheating?

  23. riverhorsey says: Sep 25, 2011 2:23 PM

    Parcells is great. I loved Walsh but he wasn’t above something like that, none of them are.

    This is a capitalistic system boys and that means cheating is legal if you can get away with it.

  24. captaintriumph says: Sep 25, 2011 2:40 PM

    Everyone knows the Giants cheated vs Minnesota in the 1999 NFC Championship game. The Giants had the Vikings’ communications bugged. Everyone suspected it, but nothing was done about it.

  25. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Sep 25, 2011 3:10 PM

    why is this even a story on here??

  26. bobhk says: Sep 25, 2011 4:17 PM

    Parcels is not only a snake and a loser he’s also one of the luckiest coaches ever. It took a Craig fumble and a Norwood wide right for him to win a second superbowl. Otherwise he’s one and done.

    One just needs to look at walsh’s coaching tree and compare it to parcells and see why fartcells is bitter.

  27. ceadderman says: Sep 25, 2011 4:46 PM

    Sore winners should be thrown under a truck and repeatedly backed over.

    I hate that guy. Parcels is the biggest loudmouth loser on the planet.

  28. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 25, 2011 5:20 PM

    captaintriumph says: Sep 25, 2011 2:40 PM

    Everyone knows the Giants cheated vs Minnesota in the 1999 NFC Championship game. The Giants had the Vikings’ communications bugged. Everyone suspected it, but nothing was done about it.
    ————–

    No one suspected anything but you, because you thought no one could stop that offense in the 2000 (not 1999) NFC Championship. GIANTS D, BABY.

  29. bradshawlives says: Sep 26, 2011 8:40 AM

    Parcels should talk about how mysterious it is that he couldn’t win a Super Bowl without Belichick’s defense carrying him.

  30. rc33 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:42 AM

    scoboltsfan says:
    Sep 25, 2011 2:18 PM

    how many Super Bowls have the Pats won since they were caught cheating?

    Uh….
    Parcells v. Walsh.
    So what’s your point?
    lemme guess; you have none.

  31. elyasm says: Sep 26, 2011 7:32 PM

    escoboltsfan says:
    Sep 25, 2011 2:18 PM
    how many Super Bowls have the Pats won since they were caught cheating?

    The same number as the Chargers, plus a whole bunch more regular season games.

  32. castlelong1 says: Jan 28, 2015 8:39 AM

    Not the Patriots, moving on.

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