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Parcells proud as his old assistants face off

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Bill Belichick has already passed his old boss Bill Parcells in Super Bowl titles. With a win next Sunday, Tom Coughlin could tie the Big Tuna with two championships.

Parcells has been watching lately with admiration.

“Different guys, but the same coach, starting with the fact that they both paid their dues,” Parcells told Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News.

In Parcells’ mind, Coughlin is a “coach’s coach.” But the two men share the four things Parcells believes you need to do to be a great NFL coach.

“They know how to acquire players, they know how to develop the players they have, they know how to come up with a good design for those players and they both get them to play hard,” Parcells said.

We could quibble that Coughlin’s speciality is not in acquiring players, but we understand the point. Coughlin and Belichick aren’t just good with game plans; they are teachers.

Parcells may now be overshadowed by some of his former assistants, but there’s no denying he was good at spotting coaching talent.

No matter who wins, this will be the sixth Super Bowl title earned by a former Parcells assistant. (Belichick has three titles, Coughlin has one, and Sean Payton has one.)

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  1. duanethomas says: Jan 29, 2012 9:51 AM

    Can someone please explain to me how Sean Payton is in the Parcells tree? Wasn’t he on Fassel staff when the Giants lost to Ravens in 2000. He spent two years with Parcells and that’s his guy?

  2. jrobitaille23 says: Jan 29, 2012 9:59 AM

    It wasn’t until Bellichik came on board at EVERY stop of Parcell’s career that Parcells won. Without Bill B. there is no Parcells. Besides Dungy, Parcells has to be the most overrated coach in history.

  3. finsfan4life says: Jan 29, 2012 10:03 AM

    I bet he is also proud of the money he got from Miami for doing nothing, running the franchise into the ground and leaving way before his contract was over… Sure he’s so PROUD

  4. vuudu says: Jan 29, 2012 10:04 AM

    Could also be that the assistants made Parcells. Maybe he has an eye for spotting future coaches.

  5. airraid77 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:06 AM

    payton was the oc in dallas for parcells.
    Hiring guys like bellichick, coughlin is what makes parcells great…..YOU NEED A GREAT STAFF. Even if the HC coaches a position, the majority of teaching is done by assistant coaches…..GREAT LEADERSHIP to have guy who know more than you working beneath you.

  6. tyreeshelmet says: Jan 29, 2012 10:07 AM

    Quibble all you want. The man built the jaguars from
    Scratch as head coach/gm and it’s no coincidence a franchise that the previous 15 years before he got there the giants had such immortal first rounders as jarrod bunch, Derek brown, Thomas Lewis, Cedric jones, Ron Dayne and great free agent signings like Carlos emmons, Barrett green and Brian Mitchell. Epic fail qibble

  7. kelly8791 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:12 AM

    Bellicheck was already with the giants when parcelling become head coach, so I don’t understand what “it wasn’t tip bellicheck came along” comment. As for being overrated, he has two super bowl wins and an AFC championship–I’d like to be that “overrated.”

  8. dutchmaster91 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:13 AM

    I respect Coughlin because he’s overcame being fired like twenty times by the NY media. Belichick is in my mind the greatest coach of all time. Parcells on the other hand, is overrated and a douche.

  9. bluefan204 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:17 AM

    Sean Payton is not a Parcells guy. He just happened to be there at the same time.

  10. tedmurph says: Jan 29, 2012 10:17 AM

    In other words, don’t forget I made these guys when the HOF voting comes up next month.

  11. scrotiemcb says: Jan 29, 2012 10:29 AM

    Parcells is the greatest media creation/myth in my NFL lifetime. Dude won with transcendent talent on defense with the Giants, and was either average or outright failed at every other stop.

  12. vols84 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:33 AM

    Wasn’t Sean Payton in Dallas with Parcells?

  13. jackntorres says: Jan 29, 2012 10:56 AM

    I’m not the only one who thinks Belichick should have been expelled from the NFL after Spygate. 3-1 with a big fat * in my book.

  14. jackntorres says: Jan 29, 2012 11:00 AM

    duanethomas says:
    Jan 29, 2012 9:51 AM
    Can someone please explain to me how Sean Payton is in the Parcells tree? Wasn’t he on Fassel staff when the Giants lost to Ravens in 2000. He spent two years with Parcells and that’s his guy?
    ——-
    Fassel took away Payton’s playcalling and then still blamed it on him to the media. Read The Home Team. Payton worked with Parcells in Dallas, but no one owes you an explanation.

  15. tomtravis76 says: Jan 29, 2012 11:15 AM

    Dolphins won the AFC East when Wayne was still the majority owner, the guy who hired Bill, the guy who Bill respected and put his trust in. When Wayne sold the team ,Steve Ross came in and did what Steve Ross does best as the circus ringmaster Steve Ross, just look at how he has made the Dolphins franchise into the leagues laughing stock with all of his gimmicks.

    Bill had the Dolphins on the right track, he obviously doesn’t like change, so he lost interest in the Dolphins job when Ross and his goons came in. Ross hired idiots from MLB to run his NFL franchise. Thats why Bill got out and left the circus behind.

    Bill is a HOF coach, no question.

  16. Sometimes Interesting says: Jan 29, 2012 11:15 AM

    How come stops at Dallas and Miami don’t affect Parvells legacy? He lost worse than he won.

  17. toolnutz says: Jan 29, 2012 11:15 AM

    “Belichick is in my mind the greatest coach of all time.”

    Yeah, only in your mind. I’m a Raiders fan, but there’s a reason the Super Bowl trophy is named the Lombardi trophy. And if we’re talking just recent era, I don’t need to look further than across the Bay in Bill Walsh. I hate the 49ers, but I do admire Walsh for an eye on talent and game planning. He was called a genius for nothing.

  18. nflovercollegefb says: Jan 29, 2012 11:23 AM

    If you really want to see what kind of a douche Parcells was, read the chapter about Belichick’s time with the Giants in then 80’s in “Education of a Coach”, wow!

    Props to both Belichick and Coughlin, they are excellent coaches deserving of their success.

  19. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 29, 2012 11:29 AM

    kelly8791 says: Jan 29, 2012 10:12 AM

    Bellicheck was already with the giants when parcelling become head coach, so I don’t understand what “it wasn’t tip bellicheck came along” comment. As for being overrated, he has two super bowl wins and an AFC championship–I’d like to be that “overrated.”

    ————————————–

    And a winning percentage about 100 points lower when Belichick ISN’T on his staff.

    Under .500 in fact. Look it up.

  20. paardenoog says: Jan 29, 2012 11:42 AM

    Yeah Bill, they did great after they split from you

  21. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jan 29, 2012 11:49 AM

    jackntorres says: Jan 29, 2012 10:56 AM

    I’m not the only one who thinks Belichick should have been expelled from the NFL after Spygate. 3-1 with a big fat * in my book.

    ______________________________________

    belicheat should have been banished from the league!

  22. wikidpissah says: Jan 29, 2012 11:58 AM

    jackntorres says: Jan 29, 2012 10:56 AM

    I’m not the only one who thinks Belichick should have been expelled from the NFL after Spygate. 3-1 with a big fat * in my book.
    ================================
    If your point is that there’s more than one moron in the world, you’re right.

  23. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 29, 2012 12:01 PM

    Scott Norwood makes a 47 yard Field Goal, and Parcells would be Al Groh’s Defensive Coordinator at Georgia Tech right now.

  24. buyboysellboy says: Jan 29, 2012 12:03 PM

    I would have to say that Billy Parcells is a huge looser at life. Anyone that says they have to get a divorce to run a football team (cowboys era) doesn’t understand what is important in life. It’s all egooooooo big ego!!!
    And that my friends falls in the catagory of looser. BIG LOOSER, BIG LOOSER, BIG LOOSER!!!!!

  25. stevenfbrackett says: Jan 29, 2012 12:38 PM

    Yeah. Still can’t muster any excitement at all for this game.

  26. fatfreddystubbs says: Jan 29, 2012 12:50 PM

    @buyboysellboy,
    Unless you’re engaging in some type of satire that’s going over my head, the biggest “loosers” in this world are your grade-school English teachers.

  27. marcuswelby70 says: Jan 29, 2012 12:52 PM

    scrotiemcb says:
    Jan 29, 2012 10:29 AM
    Parcells is the greatest media creation/myth in my NFL lifetime. Dude won with transcendent talent on defense with the Giants, and was either average or outright failed at every other stop.
    ———————————————–
    Average or outright failed? He took one of the leagues worst teams (Patriots) and in three years had them in the Super Bowl. He then took another laughing stock of a team (Jets) and got them to the AFC championship game.
    So if that’s average, what is good?

  28. backindasaddle says: Jan 29, 2012 12:57 PM

    Parcells would not have won without Belichick. Also, Parcells was an egotistical bully that managed through intimidation. I’m certain he has his good points…. but he sure did have a lot of bad ones.

  29. theservice10 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:09 PM

    1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 29, 2012 12:01 PM

    Scott Norwood makes a 47 yard Field Goal, and Parcells would be Al Groh’s Defensive Coordinator at Georgia Tech right now.

    You could then say without Vinatieri Belichick would have only one ring.

  30. cantonbound13 says: Jan 29, 2012 1:23 PM

    Unlike Parcells, Coughlin & Bellichek adjusted to today’s NFL.

  31. daddyb1gdrawz says: Jan 29, 2012 1:47 PM

    Blah, blah, blah, blah Billy boy. Bottomline is these two coaches have quarterbacks. Ding, ding, ding!!!!!! Your inability to find a QB in Miami is why you left with your tail tucked between your legs.

  32. situsavaisprier says: Jan 29, 2012 2:15 PM

    Also, Tom Coughlin brought plenty of factors to the Giants that weren’t mentioned. He made sure that the Giants had at least one good KR and PR each year. He also brought and developed versatility on the team. He emphasized the necesity of a deep threat on the team.

    He also didn’t play favorites, or cared about the starter/back-up role. What I mean is he treated everyone equal and even if you were a star on the team or a good starter, you did something wrong you were held accountable. Players like Michael Strahan, Will Peterson, Plaxico Burress, Aaron Ross, and Ahmad Bradshaw come to mind. They had some sort of violation and were handled accordingly.

    He has strong morals and fully believed in the team conducting themselves as professionals wherever they went. While he did settle down/lossened up some prior to the 2007-2008 season, he still maintained his overall approach to coaching.

    Lastly, he made Tiki Barber stop his fumbling issues with a different carrying style and made him and the other RB’s decent-good at blitz pick-ups, he discovered quite a few players that did well at their time, he brought back some positional duties not used prior to his arrival. Tom Coughlin in my book is not only a very good coach, but a very good human being. Glad he is coaching the Giants.

  33. situsavaisprier says: Jan 29, 2012 2:24 PM

    1972wasalongtimeago says:
    Jan 29, 2012 12:01 PM
    Scott Norwood makes a 47 yard Field Goal, and Parcells would be Al Groh’s Defensive Coordinator at Georgia Tech right now.

    ——————————————————————–

    Yes, of course if a kicker with a career 60.65% (37 of 61) and (32 of 52 for 61.53%before the 1990 play-offs) 40+ yard field goal rate would have made a kick 3 yards shorter than 50 yards, like it’s automatic. I still find it funny how people call that miss luck whe the guy was pretty bad out side of 40 yards. What’s worse? 50+ yards, 0 for 6 prior to the 1990 play-offs and he finally made 2 his final year to finish 2 for 10.

  34. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 29, 2012 2:46 PM

    situsavaisprier says:
    Jan 29, 2012 2:24 PM

    Not a gimme. But makeable. And if he did, Parcells would be remembered differently

  35. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 29, 2012 2:47 PM

    Yes you can. That’s my point.

    theservice10 says:
    Jan 29, 2012 1:09 PM
    1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 29, 2012 12:01 PM

    Scott Norwood makes a 47 yard Field Goal, and Parcells would be Al Groh’s Defensive Coordinator at Georgia Tech right now.

    You could then say without Vinatieri Belichick would have only one ring.

  36. skinsfantom says: Jan 29, 2012 2:55 PM

    JROBITAILLE YOUR IGNORANCE is painful

  37. tedmurph says: Jan 29, 2012 3:01 PM

    If Tony Romo holds on to a conversion snap who knows what happens. You can play that game all day. Parcells always had the record, dynamic personality and left most franchises in better shape than he found them. Although I have a problem with the way he left NE, he still helped build that stadium and picked many of the players on the SB winning teams. Deserves to get in.

  38. skinsfantom says: Jan 29, 2012 3:03 PM

    PARCELLS top 3 of all time. this from a skins fan. anybody with any football knowledge knows this. the people in the game say it all the time. check quotes from gibbs,walsh, etc.

  39. ihatetheeffingjets says: Jan 29, 2012 3:26 PM

    1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 29, 2012 12:01 PM

    Scott Norwood makes a 47 yard Field Goal, and Parcells would be Al Groh’s Defensive Coordinator at Georgia Tech right now.

    You could then say without Vinatieri Belichick would have only one ring.

     —————–
    More like two – yes he made the Gw kick in Super Bowl 38 but was just average overall. He missed two other relatively easy kicks.

  40. dwnhillwhaler says: Jan 29, 2012 3:43 PM

    Why are we still paying attention to.this tub of lard with urine colored hair? This hack loves.to get behind the guys with names like brady, manning,.and breese. Why dieant he brag about the dumpster fires he left recently.in dallas and mia

  41. theservice10 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:17 PM

    You shouldn’t be able to talk about football if you cant spell the names of the players. It’s Brees moron.

  42. sclazo says: Jan 29, 2012 4:19 PM

    Bill had the Dolphins on the right track, he obviously doesn’t like change, so he lost interest in the Dolphins job when Ross and his goons came in. Ross hired idiots from MLB to run his NFL franchise. Thats why Bill got out and left the circus behind.

    Ross didn’t hire anyone at all when he became owner. Hiezengia is officially the worst Dolphins owner . Let’s see.

    1 forces Shula to retire
    2 allows JJ to chose the next coach because he is going to quit
    3 wannstat sucked
    4 Saban sucked more and lied and quit
    5 Cameron sucked even more at 1-15

    Parcells bailed and left the Dolphins with an idiot for a head coach. The first change Ross tried to do was replace Sparano. Harbaugh turned out to be a pretty good coach. This is the first change now with Ross as the owner. Parcells also drove JT away and Zack Thomas. So F your Parcells he is a fat clown that has been irrelevant since the 80’s.

  43. kingcarlbanks says: Jan 29, 2012 4:57 PM

    @ tyreeshelmet

    Don’t forget the great fa pickup of Kenny ” Two Years without a sack” Holmes from the Titans. Played opposite of Strahan, and couldn’t get to the Qb. What a great pickup he was..

  44. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 29, 2012 5:09 PM

    Parcell’s true talent was arriving at franchises when they were at the bottom. He started in New England, New York Jets, and Miami with the #1 overall pick.

    You and I would be able to leave those franchises better than they were when we got there too.

    For the NYG he had a top 8 pick in his first 3 years.

    Dallas, he didn’t start with a 1st rounder, and but for getting lucky with Romo (whom he wouldn’t play over Bledsoe), it would have been a totsl disaster.

  45. sunlion333 says: Jan 30, 2012 12:08 AM

    If ignorance is bliss, this thread is Nirvana. If you want to know what kind of Coach Bill Parcells was, ask his Giants team members or any other player that he coached. They ALL revere and love him. Many would take a bulet for him. Just name all the players on the Giants from ’83-’91. I bet you can’t unless you are a hardcore NY fan. The dude just got the best out of his players. Franchises didn’t continually seek him out and hire him to rebuild their teams because he was in any way a failure. The guy was a champion builder, moreso than any other coach in history. He may not have won them all but he puit teams in position to do so. Find something else to be petty and jealous about. The city of New York knows Tuna for what he is. BTFO!!!

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