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Parcells has HOF chops, his exclusion a mystery

Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:32 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2012 10:25 pm
I'm not going to be one of those whining, smirking people who complains about the Hall of Fame voting process. I know some of those men in the room. Many are skilled, brilliant and extremely smart about the game. A handful are arrogant jerks with hardcore agendas but the vast majority know what they are doing.

So I'm not going to complain as much as simply be stunned over the omission of Bill Parcells. I'm not a Parcells fan. He treated many people in my business terribly and wasn't exactly a great human being. But to me, in history, there are few better coaches.

The two greatest motivators in NFL history, the coaches who got players to do things and go places in their careers they thought they never could, were Don Shula and Parcells. The best pure motivators ever. Period. That is a coach's primary job. Nothing happens before that -- not the Xs and Os, nothing -- before getting a player mentally ready. Shula was the best at that (what he did in Miami with the then expansion Dolphins is borderline miraculous) and Parcells was second.

He turned around the Giants, the Patriots and Jets when those latter two organizations were absolutely awful.

My guess as to what hurt Parcells. First -- and no one will admit this but it's true -- the way he treated some writers played a factor. Writers have long memories and we can be just as petty anyone else. There likely were a few writers in the room who were either treated poorly by Parcells -- or know people who were -- and this was a form of payback.

I've also heard some writers over the years (including some in that room) say that Bill Belichick made Parcells and Parcells never made it back to a Super Bowl without Belichick.

But most importantly it is accurate that when Parcells left organizations he left them atomized. His departures were sometimes very ugly and it likely also did not help Parcells that he left the Dolphins in semi-ruins.

But overall his record -- he took the Giants, Jets, Patriots and Cowboys to the playoffs while winning two of three Super Bowl appearances -- was more than enough to overcome his faults.

No, not a complaint here. Just sort of stunned.

Since: Nov 18, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 8:21 am

Parcells has HOF chops, his exclusion a mystery

A Hall of Fame coach does not trash a franchise immediately before retirement.  Parcells has what all coaches have and little else - a win-at-all-costs attitude.  And, apparently, is greedy enough to take the money and run without producing results (Cowboys, Dolphins).  Sound familiar America?...  Ours is a culture of personality; character and accountability are largely thrown out the window.  

Here's how ridiculous these HOF candidates are: would you vote for and campaign for Mike Shanahan?  He and Parcells have built similar careers.  

What about Bill Bela Check? (Or is it Bela Chick?)  If you are worthy of "fame" then you're also worthy of "infamy", like when you try to cheat the system...  I'm so "grateful" to see the reports that Belichick is acting more like a human being than ever.  Wow.  Am I really supposed to be impressed when a man like this acts like he remembers what his Momma and Daddy taught him?  

Most of the halls of fame are now the halls of really, really good (see Harry Carson, Barry Larkin, et al).  Parcells, Belichick, and Shanahan are all good.  But none of them was good enough to show the world their playbook, then dare the opponent to stop them.  There's a reason it's called the Lombardi Trophy...

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 6:37 am

Parcells has HOF chops, his exclusion a mystery

There's no doubt that Parcells should be in the Hall of Fame.  This process should not be based on how well someone got along with the media.  I've seen/heard enough about Parcells from players and others not associated with the media to know that Parcells did not win friends.  But you would have to assume from the turnaround jobs he did and the Super Bowl victories, that he did influence people. 

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:09 am

Parcells has HOF chops, his exclusion a mystery

Every single sportswriter in America should feel stunned and embarassed today. Everything one needs to know about the ridiculous HOF voting process is in another article on this site. One veteran hack says he's surprised Parcells didnt make it, but also has to point out that he doesnt personally like the man, because he was mean to a lot of people (re:braindead reporters).
In the same article, when Curtis Martin is asked who he'd have induct him, he replies without hesitation, "Bill Parcells. He changed my life."
I wonder whose lives these bitter, angry fat slob pencil jockeys have changed, besides their local donut makers?

Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:07 am

Parcells has HOF chops, his exclusion a mystery

Also, it might be added that if it weren't for field goal kickers, Marty Schottenheimer has an equal record of success, and everybody didn't hate him.

Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:06 am

Parcells has HOF chops, his exclusion a mystery

Take away the Giants, and Parcells doesn't get a sniff. He took the Patriots to the Super Bowl, and then immediately skipped town while the gettin' was good. He improved the Jets, but many coaches improve teams. The Jets already had good personnel - they just had a terible HC before Parcells. The Cowboys? You can't be HOF-impressed by that job. And he dumped out of Miami - and took the money - when they were obviously going nowhere. So all he's got is the Giants and one successful year with the Patriots when they got hammered by the Packers. Does he get in for the Giants plus one season? It certainly isn't a sure thing. 

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:41 am

Parcells has HOF chops, his exclusion a mystery

Ever notice how people in the media whine about how players/coaches treat them, yet it's frowned upon (by the media) when players/coaches criticize the media? I would say in the end it goes both ways, but I don't see athletes and coaches voting on the Pulitzer prize winners.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 11:04 pm

Parcells has HOF chops, his exclusion a mystery

"Writers have long memories and we can be just as petty as anyone else."

Middle School girls bathrooms don't have as high a proportion of petty, vindictive, backbiting schemers. None of which are exactly new to the business; I doubt that Bernard Malamud invented the corrupt and vindictive writer, played by Darren McGavin, in "The Natural" out of whole cloth. Then there's the fact that not a single candidate for Cooperstown has ever been unanimous, not even the Bambino. This modern crop, though, has amped up their game in this regard, adding ersatz judgmentalism to their everyday work and wedding it to an unevenly applied policy of 'zero tolerance'. (See Vick, Clemens, Armstrong, Paterno, et al.)

Many of them. quite frankly, are little distinguishable from the very worst trolls on internet boards. Remove the speech codes and I'd drop the modifier 'little' in the previous sentence. In this regard, Ian O'Connor is among the biggest offenders. No surprise, he presents as a bitter, failed ex-jock. One of those guys who are ever on about how they would've played the game for free. As if. (Props to the black guys, there; I've never read one of them utter that trope. And to the black elector who, years ago, stated that he would never vote for any white candidate who he felt had even an outside chance of otherwise being a unanimous choice for the baseball HOF, because Hank Aaron and Willie Mays weren't unanimous. I've never known a single white writer to be so honest, but I've got to believe that there are one or two who practice a similar exclusivity.)

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 10:28 pm

Parcells has HOF chops, his exclusion a mystery

Remove the seasons that Bill Bellichick was not his defensive coordinator and I doubt the guy was a .500 coach.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:15 pm

Parcells has HOF chops, his exlcusion a mystery

and if he doesn't make it next year, if they leave him out in 2014, when the super bowl is in the backyard of the giants and jets, then i think poeple will really be in up in arms, but he should be in considering marv levy got in before him, and hello, hate to break it too these football writers, but parcells beat levy head 2 head in a super bowl, oh they must've missed that somehow

Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:04 pm

Parcells has HOF chops, his exlcusion a mystery

Hed did single handedly destroy the Miami Dolphins in the front office, which should make you wait a year.  He'll just get in next year.

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