Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick won two Super Bowl together, the former as the head coach of the New York Giants, the latter as the defensive mastermind (more commonly known as the defensive coordinator). The two men later worked together with the Patriots and Jets before things got weird -- it was a whole thing -- though they have since buried the hatchet over slights perceived and otherwise.
And now, days after the 2016 NFL Draft, Parcells has some thoughts on one player selected by the Patriots: Former N.C. State quarterback Jacoby Brissett, the Pats' third-round pick, taken two years after the team used a second-rounder on Jimmy Garoppolo.
“He’s a Curtis Martin, Willie McGinest, Troy Brown type player," Parcells said of Brissett, via the Boston Herald. "That’s the kind of guy he is. That’s what New England is getting. Those kinds, those Tedy Bruschi types, those players who’ve been successful -- he’s very similar in his personal life to those kinds of guys.”
Parcells, who saw Brissett play in high school in Florida, said he was going to visit him soon to explain the "rules of engagement" when it comes to playing for Belichick.
“You never really know for sure until you see a player under the gun, so to speak, at the top level,” Parcells continued. “But, that being said. I have a very high regard for this young man. He’s an awesome kid. He’s very bright. He has zero personal issues. He’s a very dedicated, committed guy and I think he’s going to the absolute perfect place for him. They’ve got a great coach, a great organization, and they’ve got a great role model playing that he’ll be able to observe and learn from. It just doesn’t get any better than that. Because of what I think he has, his career is going to develop well.”
Parcells wasn't alone in gushing over Brissett. Before transferring to N.C. State, Brissett began his college career at the University of Florida, where he played under then-offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who previously served in that role for the Patriots.
I only got to coach him for one season, but I absolutely loved the kid as a player and a person,” said Weis. “I couldn’t be any happier that he ended up in New England.”
In the near term, Brissett gives the Patriots some much-needed depth, especially if Tom Brady misses the first four games of the season because of his Deflategate punishment. In the long run, if Brissett is the player Parcells thinks, he could be in line to replace Brady as the Pats' starting quarterback.