Revisiting Parcells' greatest coaching jobs as he enters the Hall of Fame
Bill Parcells’ bust will adorn the halls of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, after his enshrinement on Saturday. The two-time Super Bowl winner helmed some great teams during his 19-year NFL coaching career with the Giants, Patriots, Jets and Cowboys. Here’s a look at “The Big Tuna’s” top four.
Four years earlier, the Giants had gone 3-13 in Parcells’ first year as an NFL coach. In ’86, they set a franchise record by going 14-2 — also the most wins by a Parcells-coached team. Led by 1,516-yard rusher Joe Morris and quarterback Phil Simms, Big Blue stomped the 49ers and Redskins before topping John Elway’s Broncos in Super Bowl XXI.
Other than the strike-shortened 1987 season, Parcells kept the Giants among the NFC’s elite. He amassed three seasons of 10-plus wins out of four. The last of these came in ’90, when the 13-3 Giants smashed the Bears and edged the Niners en route to the NFC title. Two weeks later, Parcells’ bunch pulled off one of the greatest Super Bowl upsets when they nipped the Bills, 20-19, thanks in part to a missed field goal.
After a brief two-season retirement following Super Bowl XXV, Tuna returned to New England, where he had once served as linebackers coach. Parcells led the 11-5 Pats to Super Bowl XXXI against the Packers. However, the underdog Patriots couldn’t stop Brett Favre from winning his only title, and Parcells never coached in the big one again.
Parcells was able to get close to the Super Bowl once more in his return to New York. After a messy contract dispute, he wound up with the Jets shortly after the Super Bowl. He led Gang Green to a franchise-best 12-4 record and its only first-round bye. While the team led the Broncos, 10-0, in the third quarter of the AFC Championship Game, it wasn’t enough. Gang Green lost 23-10.
REST OF THE CLASS
Here’s who else will be joining Bill Parcells in the 2013 class of Hall of Famers.
Larry Allen (OL)
Perhaps the best blocker in Cowboys history, he made <QA0>
11 Pro Bowls.
Cris Carter (WR)
One of the best receivers of the 1990s for the Vikings.
Curley Culp (DT)
The six-time Pro Bowler won Super Bowl IV with the Chiefs.
Jonathan Ogden (OT)
One of the best ever on the blind side during 12 seasons with the Ravens.
Dave Robinson (LB)
A top playmaker for the Vince Lombardi-led Packers dynasty.
Warren Sapp (DT)
Anchored Buccaneers defensive line for Super Bowl XXXVII victory.