Parcells serves as Brissett’s advisor, mentor, friend

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When Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells recently raved about Patriots rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett, there was a good reason for it. As explained by Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Parcells has been advising and mentoring Brissett for years.

“I’ve known him since he was 16 or 17, and if you can help kids along the way, that’s something I get a great deal of satisfaction out of,” Parcells told Volin.

Prior to the draft, Parcells told Brissett where he should and shouldn’t visit.

“Jacoby did a thing for the Chargers, and [Parcells] said, ‘That’s it. You’re not going anywhere else. We’re shutting it down,'” said Brissett’s high school coach, Jack Daniels. “Then the Patriots called, and [Parcells] goes, ‘Get on that plane.’ So he flew up and had a great visit with the Patriots.”

Since Brissett was picked in round three by the Patriots, a team led by former Parcells protegé Bill Belichick, Parcells has given Brissett specific advice about where to live (Foxborough) and what to have close to his apartment (a laundromat and a restaurant that will customize his meals).

Brissett doesn’t have an agent, which means little when it comes to the negotiation of his first contract. However, agents routinely hype players to all teams and the media in the hopes of getting the player drafted as high as possible.

It’s likely not a coincidence that there wasn’t much national buzz about Brissett before he was picked. Perhaps in this case, the person pulling the strings was more concerned about ensuring that the player doesn’t maximize earnings on his first deal but landing in a spot that will lay the foundation for a successful career.

Brisset begins that career as the third quarterback picked by the Patriots in round three or earlier since 2011, as the Patriots plan for the inevitability of life without Tom Brady. One of these rookie quarterbacks eventually will take over for Brady. Perhaps, with guidance from Parcells, Brissett will choose to wait as long as he needs to in order to secure the chance to become Brady’s successor.

72 responses to “Parcells serves as Brissett’s advisor, mentor, friend

  1. I’m actually pretty excited that the Patriots grabbed this guy….
    I think the Pats got a real heck of a deal on this guy & he’s in the perfect spot to be groomed & mentored for the next 4-5 years while Brady finishes off his career with hopefully 2-3 more rings…
    Big powerful QB in the mould of Big Ben…. Can scramble & throw the ball long as well as short….looks like the potential to be a great one!!!
    Loved the ENTIRE pats draft this year!!!! & some great free agent pickups as well…. Gonna be some GREAT camp battles!!!!

  2. Sort of odd to call Bill Belichick “Parcells’ protegé”, considering that Belichick was already coaching in the NFL by 1977, three years before Parcells, and was already on the Giants’ staff when Parcells got there in 1981, and it was only when Belichick was named defensive coordinator that Parcells began to have success. In fact, Parcells never had success anywhere without Belichick coaching his vaunted defenses.

  3. 49ers drafted the QB who beat out Brissett for the starting job at Fla in the 6th round. Jeff Driskel. Jeff is younger than Brissett as well.

    Funniest thing is that Driskel meets all the conditions of the “Parcels Rule” for QBs (and doubles up on one of them with 2 degrees already) while Brissett does not.

  4. Jacoby is the heir apparent. Everyone knows that’s the plan, except people who actually think Garapola can play.

    You don’t draft a QB in the 3rd, unless you have plans for him. Jacoby hit on over 75% of his passes, half-way through the season. His throws were very similar to Brady’s, mostly underneath.

    He missed on some deep passes, but much of it is attributed to a sub par receiving corp and less than imaginative passing game at NCSU. He’s a big, strong and smart kid, who will take advantage of his chances.

    As a Panthers fan, I hate the Pats, but love this kid. Good luck.

  5. This guy will already know the other teams play calls Parcells, don’t get caught up in the cheating in Cheatboro.

  6. thegreatgabbert says:

    49ers drafted the QB who beat out Brissett for the starting job at Fla in the 6th round. Jeff Driskel. Jeff is younger than Brissett as well.

    Funniest thing is that Driskel meets all the conditions of the “Parcels Rule” for QBs (and doubles up on one of them with 2 degrees already) while Brissett does not.
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    Yes, it was a surprising pick, to say the least! We’ll see if he can turn into a real QB. Belichick’s history drafting the position is weak. Well, except for Brady, but he was Dick Rehbein’s recommendation.

  7. BB is a bad drafter – his track record speaks for itself. He got lucky with Brady/Edelman. BB’s ability to poach talent from other teams is very good however.

    Brisset was mediocre in college – receiving way too much hype. He will be out of the league in a few years.

  8. They need to hurry up his development because I don’t think he will wait too long to take over the starting job. How much more punishment can an almost 40 year old QB take after he limped to the finish line last season?

  9. You don’t draft a QB in the 3rd rnd unless you have plans for him. The Pats drafted Garappolo in the 2nd, but he can’t play? Makes no sense. The Pats will still go 3-1 in their 1rst 4 gms if Brady sits, just like they would have if Brady played. Then they flip Garappolo for a 1rst this offseason.

    That being said, I hate the Pats 3 3rd rnd pks. Very nice Brissett works hard and is a good kid. He doesn’t have the talent to start in the NFL. He’s MBishop and RDavey rolled into one. The Pats way overdrafted him. Most projections had him going in the 5/6th rnd. They panicked because they knew Cleveland was gonna take a QB right behind them. Without a 1rst rnd pk, the Pats really needed to make their 1rst 4 pks count.
    They draft another interior OLineman, after drafting 3 the previous 2 yrs. They draft a fat DT that most projections had going in the 7th rnd. Can you say TWilson? Epic Fail.

  10. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 8, 2016 4:48 PM
    They need to hurry up his development because I don’t think he will wait too long to take over the starting job. How much more punishment can an almost 40 year old QB take after he limped to the finish line last season?
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    Do you really think anyone thinks or ever did think that you are a NE fan? Stop with these boring troll comments and get a life, or a girl… or a hobby. Something. Please.

  11. I think patsfan4lifesbchamps is a riot… He pretends to be a Pats fan because he secretly wishes he was…. Then he proceeds to tell us all that Brady is ready to join the convalescent home & has no arm or accuracy because being a fan of a different team it’s all he can hope for…
    Unfortunately for him & his team he’ll be spewing the same thing for another 4-5 years as Brady continues to own him & the league….
    I always laugh whe o see his posts knowing how much of a FUTILE effort they really are…. Oh the irony!!!

  12. skunkb3ar says:
    May 8, 2016 5:00 PM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 8, 2016 4:48 PM
    They need to hurry up his development because I don’t think he will wait too long to take over the starting job. How much more punishment can an almost 40 year old QB take after he limped to the finish line last season?
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    Do you really think anyone thinks or ever did think that you are a NE fan? Stop with these boring troll comments and get a life, or a girl… or a hobby. Something. Please.

    ————–

    On the contrary. I think people who question or downright deny other people’s fandom are trolling and need to get a life or a girl or a hobby.

  13. Love him or hate him, and i love him, Brady went out like a warrior this year in Denver took a beating kept fighting and was a missed extra point away from taking that game to overtime

  14. Just change your screename again and give it up all ready. It’d be one thing if it were clever enough to fool somebody, or it was interesting or funny, but…

  15. .
    @tedmurph

    Of all the Patriots draft choices, only Cyrus Jones and Joe Thuney will be seeing much of the field. They had to draft a QB with Garopollo’s contract expiring. We don’t know what Bissett will look like in two years. The same is true for Thuney and Valentine who are insurance for pending FAs Vollmer, Knighton and Branch. The rest of the guys look like depth / projects / special teamers. The jury is still out there.

    Remember, every once in a while the experts are wrong on a draft pick.
    .

  16. Am I reading this right? Brissett’s high school coach advised a mid-round QB prospect to stop doing pre-draft visits?

    That sounds…. well, dumb.

  17. 6, I almost always agree with most of your posts. However, Thuney isn’t a OT. Scar even said aas much. They do need insurance for Vollmer, but he’s not it. Also, Thuney pk basically says they blew it drafting BStork or TJackson

    They also need young DTs, true. My point was they didn’t have to use a valuable 3rd on him. They probably could have got him w/one of their 6ths and used the 3rd on something else.

    As for Brissett, I think drafting someone like Sudfeld or Hogan late offers as much upside as Brissett. Two yrs ago, I said they wasted a 2nd on Garapollo, because Brady would outlast him. They could have drafted Mettenberger later and been fine.

    It’s true, you never know. BB has drafted better than he gets credit for. It seems like a lot of his mistakes come from listening too much to the ‘good ‘ol boy network’. It’s worked out too(Mankins/PHill, Saban/Hightower), but we all know the UMeyer story too. and what does CWeis know?

  18. Who is this Parcells guy? Is that the same guy who took boatloads of cash to turn the Miami organization around? How did that turn out?

  19. Patskrieg says:
    May 8, 2016 6:12 PM

    Am I reading this right? Brissett’s high school coach advised a mid-round QB prospect to stop doing pre-draft visits?

    That sounds…. well, dumb.
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    No, you’re not reading it right. Parcells told him to stop doing pre-draft visits then changed his mind when the Patriots called. The information was coming from the HS coach.

  20. I found the Patriots draft perplexing (again). For me, it started when the Commissioner said, “…Logan Mankins” and I said, “Who?”.

    Never questioned a pick again.

  21. .
    @tedmurph

    You’re correct that Thuney is most likely an emergency tackle at best. However, I’ll take him over Marcus Cannon, sight unseen.

    You did hit on the fact that the Patriots seem to have a logjam on the interior. Andrews, Brock and Thuney all play center. Josh Kline, Shaq Mason, Tre Jackson and Jonathan Cooper all play guard. Something has to give. Luckily, Dante is back to sort it all out. I’d expect to see some of these guys flipped to other teams before the season starts.
    .

  22. Stockmarketcrash…..you obviously have no idea how much time coaches put in from high school and up……..including the so called “off season”.

  23. I’d take a turnstyle over MCannon. I’m stunned they didn’t draft an OT so they could dump him and his 4.8 mil cap hit. They’ll probably get a veteran off the scap heap and dump him anyway.

  24. toldlikeitis says:
    May 8, 2016 4:42 PM

    BB is a bad drafter – his track record speaks for itself. He got lucky with Brady/Edelman. BB’s ability to poach talent from other teams is very good however.

    That must be why he has such a terrible record. They NEVER draft players who help them win! SMH

  25. tedmurph says:
    May 8, 2016 6:23 PM

    6, I almost always agree with most of your posts. However, Thuney isn’t a OT. Scar even said aas much. They do need insurance for Vollmer, but he’s not it. Also, Thuney pk basically says they blew it drafting BStork or TJackson
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    Ah, guys? You forget what the o-line looked like by the end of last season? I respect you both as knowledgeable fans but I’m gonna trust Belichick and Scar on these picks. As for Brissett the great Gil Brant says he has all the tools to be a NFL starter. So again, I’m going to trust Brant, Parcells and Belichick. The draft is a proven crap shoot so everyone hits or misses every draft. I’ll put some faith on the guys who are proven winners in the league.

  26. Well I guess this means that Brady will demand a trade like Bradford. (lol)

  27. brianyourwordsarehurtful says:
    May 8, 2016 3:58 PM

    Sort of odd to call Bill Belichick “Parcells’ protegé”, considering that Belichick was already coaching in the NFL by 1977, three years before Parcells, and was already on the Giants’ staff when Parcells got there in 1981, and it was only when Belichick was named defensive coordinator that Parcells began to have success. In fact, Parcells never had success anywhere without Belichick coaching his vaunted defenses.
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    I get so tired of reading this fallacy. Parcells took Dallas to the playoffs without Belichick.

    How about looking up Belichick in Cleveland when he was the head coach there? Belichick couldn’t win in Cleveland with Vinny Testaverde as his quarterback. Yet Parcells won with Vinny as the NY Jets HC. Where Vinny had the best season of his career under Parcells.

    Parcells won two Super Bowls with two different quarterbacks. Only one other coach (Joe Gibbs) has done this. Parcells took a 3rd different quarterback (Vinny) to an AFC Championship game. Belichick hasn’t won anything without Brady.

    Parcells was a great head coach. Belichick is a great head coach. They each have their positives and their negatives. Never confuse this with the “Belichick made Parcells” theory because it’s highly inaccurate.

  28. Parcells also took New England to a Super Bowl with a 4th different quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Which Belichick never could do (win with Bledsoe).

  29. Wow! No washer or dryer in the kid’s house?? Way to micro manage Bill. Are you in charge of who he gets to date?

    Hey Kid, RUN!!

  30. Brisset will be the next Brady.

    Mark my words. The poise, the way he talks and acts.

    The hoodie has never failed a draft pick.

    The deflate gate revenge tour continues.

  31. said Brissett’s high school coach, Jack Daniels.

    With a coach, with that name… no way he can miss.

    Love the Parcells hyperbole, though. You can never go wrong with what Bill Parcells is preachin’… especially when it comes to the Patriots! WEEE-HOOO.

  32. toldlikeitis says:
    May 8, 2016 4:42 PM

    BB is a bad drafter – his track record speaks for itself.
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    Ya, it pretty much says G.O.A.T. Good lord you had to have something better than BB’s track record.

  33. Nicely spun. Parcells is a great coach. But the 2 Giant SBowl winning teams were defensive juggernaughts. Bill Belichick’s defense. Parcells rebuilt the Pats. They finally got over the top and got to a SBowl. The yr BB was asst HC and secondary coach. Parcells had 3 yrs with the Jets. Only 1 yr over 9 wins. One playoff win. Four yrs in Dallas. Reached 10 wins 1x, went to 1 playoff gm and lost it. We’ll leave Miami out, he wasn’t the coach.

    As for Belichick, he took a Cleveland franchise that was as bad as NEngland when Parcells got there, got the team to 11-5, and was on the cover of SI as the SB pk the next yr. Then, the bottom fell out with Modell moving the team. BB then went on to build the greatest dynasty of this century. Pretty clear who needed whom more.

  34. toldlikeitis says:
    May 8, 2016 4:42 PM
    BB is a bad drafter – his track record speaks for itself. He got lucky with Brady/Edelman. BB’s ability to poach talent from other teams is very good however.

    ==================================

    yea brady edelman as well as richard seymour, vince wilfork, SB MVP deion branch, Logan mankins, stephen gostkowski, jerod mayo, devin mccourty, jamie collins, donta hightower, rob gronkowski, and the list goes on. your argument is weak. if he seems like hes missed its because hes 16 years deep and has made hundreds of picks with us near the bottom of the round every year because we win so many games. hes hit on enough that the misses havent mattered.

  35. Most of the reason the Pats OLine looked bad at the end of last year was because it was a perfect storm of Solder being hurt, Vollmer hurt and playing out of position, no OT depth(CFleming,MCannon?), poor coaching and having to put rookies on the field that probably weren’t ready. Drafting another C/G isn’t gonna solve any of that. If Pats fans want to drink the kool aid and believe everything they do is right, well, go right ahead. But, there’s nothing wrong with criticizing them either, that’s what blogs are for. Because they’re not always right. Even if they think Brissett and Valentine are prospects, and maybe they are, they didn’t have to take them when they did. Wasted pks. Just like they didn’t have to take Tavon Wilson in the 2nd rnd and had MKiper fumbling through his draft guide trying to figure out who he was.

  36. You Pats loyals are going to be sad… I go to every NC State Game and even was a Position Coach a few years ago at NCSU and I can tell you with the utmost confidence that Brisset is a Camp Arm and maybe a Backup if he is lucky enough to be in the league in a few years. Thuney on the hand will be a decent Guard or RT, he played left side only and has a way to go, but has Starter skillset. Not Trolling, but a reason All the Scouts and Talking Heads criticized his motion, decision making and speed. He was able to make plays with his feet and he isn’t playing NC Central or Boston College anymore.

  37. Yet another story for the typical jealous trolls to post their usual comments. I am still waiting for a troll to explain how the Colts footballs’ also tested below the legal PSI yet nobody cares?? Parcells also admitted to cheating. The trolls also ignore how their own team has cheated yet they still need to cry cheaters on every patriot story! I look forward to the NFL releasing the PSI stats they claimed to record(oops, why won’t they release these FACTS because it would prove their case against Brady was a witch hunt) and I look forward to how Tom Brady will decline in performance because that is what the trolls would say what would happen when his footballs would not be able to be “deflated” like in the Super Bowl or when they BLEW OUT the whining Colt’s in the second half of a close game with PROPERLY inflated footballs(hey Colt’s fans, why was it close in the first half when the footballs were supposedly deflated)? I am sure haters will give a thumbs down to this comment and I am sure none of you will mention the team you love or answer the questions I have asked because you don’t want facts to get in the way of your whining about constantly losing to the Patriot’s in BIG games! Hate us cause you ain’t us. Keep trolling on because anti-Patriot trolls don’t get deleted on PFT

  38. thegreatgabbert says:
    May 8, 2016 4:16 PM
    49ers drafted the QB who beat out Brissett for the starting job at Fla in the 6th round. Jeff Driskel. Jeff is younger than Brissett as well.

    Funniest thing is that Driskel meets all the conditions of the “Parcels Rule” for QBs (and doubles up on one of them with 2 degrees already) while Brissett does not.
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    Even funnier, the 49ers drafted Carmazzi before Brady in 2000, who had size and movility. We all know how that turn out.

  39. I’m glad someone took a chance on this kid. Out of all the QBs that I didn’t think had a chance to make it in the NFL, Brissett was the one that I would think about at a different position. This guy has so much competitiveness and natural strength. Hopefully they can find a spot for him.

  40. The weak minded whiny haters were praying Jimmy would be the next Patriots starting qb. God had different plans….

    Brady will continue to play and make a mockery of the NFL’s quest for parity. Only when he has every QB record and 6 rings will he retire to open an avocado ice cream chain. And make no mistake, you will cry about it like the sniveling losers that you are.

    Then Brisset will take over in the 2020 season and dominate until 2040.

    I will bottle up your tears and season my drinks with them.

    Kiss the rings.

  41. If Bill’s been working with this kid since high school then the kid has a good head on his shoulders and is prepared for the NFL…..Bill is absolutely right about success in the NFL…..you have to land in the right spot, good ownership, good coach and good mentor already at the position….there is a reason other QB leave New England and play somewhere else….everyone of Brady’s back ups have gone on and started somewhere else….what other QB can say that? If this kid doesn’t make it, it will be because of lack of talent and nothing else…..

  42. Brissett WILL BE our #3 this year & when Jimm G gets traded next year he will become Brady’s back up for 3 years….
    By the Time Brady retires we may have our air apparent in Brissett
    That works for me!!

  43. It would be fitting if the end result of DefameGate is that the Patriots wind up finding the next franchise QB

    That’s what the rest of the league deserves with a corrupt Commissioner and Owners intent on fixing the outcome of the league

  44. It’s too bad that Brady will outlast Jimmy G because from the little we’ve seen, there’s something to like there. That’s the reason that Brissett was drafted. With Brady, when the arm finally looks like Peyton”s did the past couple of years, or he gets hurt, BB will not be like every other “great” coach in NFL history who fell in love with his franchise QB and got sentimental about keeping him. It’s yet another reason he is one of a kind.

    With Brissett, no one can predict what he’s capable of yet. What the kid does with this opportunity is up to him, but he’s in the best place he can possibly be to learn.

  45. @sigbouncer ,
    Agree with your point that BB did not make Parcells. Parcells did not make BB either. They are each successful unto themselves.

    But disagree about Cleveland. Belichick had them up to 11-5 and in the playoffs. Last time that has happened in 20 years…

    I also think Belichick could have won with Bledsoe, but it is also obvious that Belichick made the right call when he stuck with Brady after Bledsoe became healthy. And choosing Brady was not a popular choice at the time. Same with benching Kosar for Testaverde in Cleveland.

  46. I am an NC State alumni who has watched every game since I arrived on campus. Russel Wilson was the QB then. Brissett seems (to my very amateur eyes) like a college QB. He needs a lot of work.

    But he has a lot of really smart football people standing up for him and he’s a great guy. I hope I am wrong.

  47. tedmurph says:
    May 8, 2016 8:25 PM
    As for Belichick, he took a Cleveland franchise that was as bad as NEngland when Parcells got there, got the team to 11-5, and was on the cover of SI as the SB pk the next yr. Then, the bottom fell out with Modell moving the team. BB then went on to build the greatest dynasty of this century.
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    You mean Belichick inherited a partial Parcells built New England team. Filled with Parcells player picks/developed players such as Willie McGinest, Tedi Bruschi, Troy Brown, Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy, Adam Vinatieri. Belichick wasn’t winning those first couple Super Bowls without these guys. Let’s be honest here.

    And let’s also set the record straight on Belichick in Cleveland. Just one winning season and four losing seasons for Belichick in Cleveland. A 36-44 record in 5 years with Cleveland. He couldn’t even get a winning season until year 4 on the job. Parcells never did that poorly anywhere he went as a head coach. Ever. And that’s with or without Belichick.

  48. kissbillsrings says:
    May 8, 2016 9:20 PM
    Brissett WILL BE our #3 this year & when Jimm G gets traded next year he will become Brady’s back up for 3 years….
    By the Time Brady retires we may have our air apparent in Brissett
    That works for me!!

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    “air apparent”

    You know how I know you’re a pats fan?

  49. “Perhaps in this case, the person pulling the strings was more concerned about ensuring that the player doesn’t maximize earnings on his first deal but landing in a spot that will lay the foundation for a successful career.”

    WHAAAAAT ? If my advisor tries to ensure I DON’T maximize my earnings on the first deal, I immediately get a new advisor…

  50. Jimmy is like Brock was for the broncos . Can help get to a Superbowl but then will cash out for big bucks.

    Brissett will challenge Tom and make him play better. BB is a real good drafter and this is where to get QB’s, from the 3rd to 6th round.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if he beats out Tom completely. But not till he wins more trophies

  51. qdog112 says:
    May 8, 2016 4:19 PM

    Jacoby is the heir apparent. Everyone knows that’s the plan, except people who actually think Garapola can play.

    You don’t draft a QB in the 3rd, unless you have plans for him. Jacoby hit on over 75% of his passes, half-way through the season. His throws were very similar to Brady’s, mostly underneath.
    ==================

    I get what you are saying, but you lose the argument when you say “you don’t draft a QB in the 3rd, unless you have plans for him”. You do realize Jimmy Garrapolo was drafted in the SECOND round, right?

  52. Parcells is good at picking qb’s….he worked with Quincy Carter, then signed retreads in Testaverde and Bledsoe, then Sean Payton helps Dallas sign an undrafted Tony Romo in Dallas. Just how good is Parcells picking qb’s these days ?

  53. skunkb3ar says:
    May 8, 2016 5:00 PM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 8, 2016 4:48 PM
    They need to hurry up his development because I don’t think he will wait too long to take over the starting job. How much more punishment can an almost 40 year old QB take after he limped to the finish line last season?
    ——————————————————————

    Do you really think anyone thinks or ever did think that you are a NE fan? Stop with these boring troll comments and get a life, or a girl… or a hobby. Something. Please.

    —————-
    We need to cut the poor sap some slack. After all, his team hasn’t been to a SB since Joe Nameth was his team’s QB.

  54. Should work well with the no running game one receiver thing you got going on up there. Last meeting Dolphins 20 Patriots 10.

  55. savethenflfirerogergoodell says:
    May 8, 2016 3:35 PM
    Parcells was and is a great Patriot

    ______________________________

    HE QUIT ON SUPERBOWL WEEK!
    He was a horrible Patriot, and did not do much without Belichick. Belichick turned that Pats team around as soon as Parcells brought him aboard. The defense had the talent, Al Groh had no idea what to do with it, and Belichick took it and ran.

    Then Parcells the baby quit the week of the SuperBowl.
    How hard would it have been to tell Vinitieri to kick away from Desmond Howard? Seriously.
    Maybe there was no way to stop Reggie White that day, but at least Parcells could have flew with the team on the flight home.

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