Bill Parcells is a legend in football lore. From his time with the Giants, through his time in Dallas, and even in the front office of the Miami Dolphins, Parcells will be remembered for his ability to turn teams around, and do it quickly. Finally, the Hall of Fame will recognize him as well in just a couple of weeks.
Bill won two Super Bowls with the Giants. He turned New England around and took them to a Super Bowl. He turned our sorry 1-15 team into a 12-4 AFC title game participant in just two seasons. He brought Tony Romo to the spotlight in Dallas, and turned Miami around from the front office.
However, when asked on a recent conference call, prior to his Hall of Fame induction in a couple of weeks, about his best coaching performance, he did not mention any of these. His mention? The 1999 New York Jets.
“That wasn’t any monumental success or anything,” Parcells said. “But I think most coaches will tell you when you start 1-6, it’s tough to maintain the things that you need to be successful.”
It’s a good choice. Remember that year? We were primed for a Super Bowl run, but lost Vinny T to the turf monster. Coach Parcells stayed with Rick Mirer for too long and we started 1-6. Then, however, he turned it over to Ray Lucas in the second half, and the Jets went 8-8, Bill left the field to chants of “One More Year!” I know I was mad at Bill for a long time after that, for stepping down at the end of that season.
That truly was an amazing coaching job by Bill that year. It’s not often that a season that begins at 1-6 becomes anything worth remembering, but it did in this case. I mean, it would have been nicer if he had been able to say “My best job was when I led the Jets to that dominating win in the Super Bowl.”, but it didn’t happen that way.
He still did a good job for us, though. Congratulations to Bill on his hall induction.