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.

32 responses to “Bill Parcells still thinks Bill Walsh cheated during 1980s playoffs

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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