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Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:29 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2012 6:39 pm
INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Parcells belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he may not get there -- especially if Tom Coughlin wins Super Bowl XLVI.

Think about it. With a victory, Coughlin will have won as many Super Bowls with the Giants as Parcells (2). Plus, he has the added attraction of leading the expansion Jaguars into two conference championship games.

That will enhance Coughlin's chances, but it could work to undercut Parcells, who did not make the cut from 10 to five Saturday in the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection.

Parcells' record includes three Super Bowl appearances, two Lombardi Trophies and playoff appearances with four different teams. That should count for something, but, apparently, it doesn't count enough for Parcells' inclusion. Not yet, anyway, and it sure looked as if this year might be his best shot to get in.

I understand the knocks on the guy -- including his overall won-loss record (172-130-1) -- but look how he fared against Hall of Fame coaches Bill Walsh and Joe Gibbs in the playoffs. He was 4-1. When it mattered most, his teams responded.

Yes, he sold himself as a free agent to clubs. Yes, he let his New England team fly home from a Super Bowl while he flew to cut another head-coaching deal. Yes, he could be difficult to deal with. But the guy was successful in four different places -- taking struggling franchises to the playoffs.

Plus, there is this: Look at the team's that are here for Super Bowl XLVI. One is coached by Bill Belichick. The other is coached by Coughlin. Both are products of the Parcells coaching tree, having served on the same staff in New York under the former Giants head coach.

A Hall of Fame writer I respect once told me that when you consider people for Hall of Fame consideration you must ask if you can write the history of the game without them. I look at those Giants teams of the 1980s and the Patriots and Jets of the 1990s. Heck, I even look at Dallas and how he put the Cowboys back on the map in the past decade.

So can you write the history of the NFL over the past three decades without Parcells? I think you have your answer.


Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 6:01 pm

Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

It's just me but you can't write an accurate account of NFL history over the last 50 years without the scrubs too. HOF voting is alwaya a soap opera. Parcells will get in. He's just getting some flak back by the sports media.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 3:20 pm

Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

Parcells HOF has nothing to do with Tom Coughlin.. stop it!! terrible statement. Its an insult that Parcells isnt already in. 

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:36 pm

Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

Parcells, definitely should be in as stated in the article no parcells means no Belichik, no Coughlin, etc...and look where would we be today in this upcoming superbowl if no Belichik and no Coughlin...parcells not getting in is just pure media spite...the only other person who got hosed in the Deal is Will Shields guy is a HOF no doubt...Writers he's one of the best Guards to play the game why isn't he in yet...

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:16 pm

Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

Chuck Noll was a jackass and hated by his players and one of the best coaches ever. Parcells is no different and should have been a first ballot hall of famer. It is an embarrassment the way the hall voting goes. Chris Carter was the best receiver of his time. His teams weren't good enough to win but he was. Coughlin will mark his own legacy and he may well be HOF material but that should have no bearing on Parcells as Belicheck shouldn't. In hockey do you ever hear anyone say oh Bobby Orr wasn't very good after he left Boston or Phil Esposito tarnished his rep with the Rangers. This is dumb. How many championships did Curtis Martin win? Cortez Kennedy? These results are a joke

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:40 am

Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

ok kids and people in the media whos feelings are hurt when big bad bill yells at you after you ask a stupid question to him.  all this guy did was take teams that were complete junk and turn them around.  when you take over bad teams it tends to skew your win/loss career totals from the pitiful 1st years he had before he got turned around. 

the giants were doody before parcells took them over.  they had had one winning season in 10 years and he went 3-12-1 in his 1st year.  then 9-7 then 10-6 then 14-2 and a superbowl win and another again in 90 with many div titles.

he took over the pats who were bad and took them to the playoffs for the 1st time in 10 years.  he went to another superbowl and if it wasn't for desmond howard returning a kick for a TD they were in that game down 7 in the 4th qt. 

you can get you panties in a bunch over how he left and point out the move he did with the plain but lets remember why.  parcels wanted nothing to do with terry "she" glenn and robert kraft vetoed parcells in the draft when he wanted some big gun D player and kraft took glenn.  "He wants me to cook the dinner; at least he ought to let me shop for some of the groceries.?"  just asking how did terry glenn work out?  

then he took over the jets and correct me if i'm wronmg but the jets had like 4 wins in 3 years under rich kotite before parcells.  they also went to the playoffs in year 2 of parcells coaching turning around big time and going 12-4.  after making the team a contender and going to the afc championship game, testeverde gets hurt on opening day and he still goes 8-8 with at ray lucas QB lol.

the boys were doody too they were a losing team that turned around under bill and went to th eplayoffs.  how many coachs have taken over 4 bad teams and taken them all to the playoffs?   

Since: Aug 31, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:12 am

Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

Haha.  That's what the dude gets for being a piece of crap.  Take Belichick out of the mix and Parcell's has ZERO Super Bowl rings.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:29 am

Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

I also remember Parcells in that Super Bowl, CFFL. He knew he was leaving NE after the game and his demeanor made him appear indifferent to the outcome. Also, he went to Miami as the head of football ops or whatever and did nothing outside of a fluke playoff berth the year Brady was injured and I don't know why the writer's giving him credit for Dallas where he was virtually .500 and won nothing. I think almost any coach that's won more than one Super Bowl will get in the Hall but Parcells' stature and legacy has been greatly inflated in my opinion.

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:01 am

Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

I think you're right . He'll get in but have to wait because of his actions during his carreer..

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 7:55 am

Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

He deserves to be in with all the work he did

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 7:43 am

Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

I agree with you.  If Parcells is so great why was the Dolphin collapse so sudden.  Parcells won about 72% of his games and all his Superbowls with Belichick as his DC and about 41% of his games without him. That does not sound like a HOF coach to me.  He stayed four years or less at every stop after the Giants. When he won with the Giants it was the era of weighted schedule and he did not win his SB even 2 years apart.  A HOF coach keeps winning even when his primary assistants are hired away.  Parcells as a personnel guy is highly overrated.  We always here about his successul draft picks etc, but not his busts.  In truth he is right about 50% of the time.   Parcells has some buzz words that the media loves but if you look real hard and remember the HOF is supposed to be exclusive, you can think of plenty of deserving coaches ahead of Parcells. 

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