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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.






Comments

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2012 2:17 am
 

Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

Just wrong.



Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 1:13 am
 

Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

We're supposed to be impressed by the Patriots and Jets of the 90s? Really? Would Parcells get into the HOF for those two? Ridiculous. Parcells had one superior team - the Giants. After that, he gets the Patriots to the Super Bowl, but no one remembers that team as a special one. He takes over the Jets with very good personnel and a bad HC and gets them to the playoffs. So what - several teams get to the playoffs every year - does every playoff coach belong in the HOF? The Cowboys did nothing special, and his time in Miami was just stealing money from a foolish rich owner. He gets points for the Giants, and half a point for the Patriots. Is that enough? Tough sell, now that Belichick has surpassed him. 



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:28 pm
 

Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

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.
That might be part of the problem.  Parcells never won a Super Bowl without Belichick as his DC.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:03 pm
 

Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

This is simple ... Parcells left the Patriots immediately after the Super Bowl to take the Jets job.  He was not even professional to take the same airplane flight back with the team.  People always remember the jackass in the room.  And so he will wait.



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:43 pm
 

Deserving Parcells' HOF candidacy takes a hit

THis is what I'm talking about.  Parcells overall record does not measure up to some of the others (Belechick, Cowher, Coughlin, etc.)  But his overall contributions to the game make him a logical candidate.  Media bias for his brash and controlling ways will be what holds him back and that is a shame.


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