Bill Parcells is happy about Tony Sparano signing

By Marc A. Greenberg

Tom Coughlin with Bill Parcells (Ron Antonelli/New York Daily News)

So Joe Namath is not happy about the New York Jets recent signing of Tony Sparano as their offensive coordinator. You know who is happy?


Bill Parcells.


Hiring the Miami Dolphins coach in 2003 as a tight ends coach, Parcells gave Sparano the position not from his interview or experience.  It was Parcells discussions with Giants coach Tom Coughlin that got Sparano the job.

“I spoke with Tom about Tony,” Parcells told Thursday. “That’s how I got together with Tony. I hired him on Tom’s recommendation, which I would do.”

So do we thank the Giants for this hire?

Let’s talk after next season.

Apparently, Coughlin recommended Sparano after the season they both spent together in Jacksonville in 2002 with Coughlin as the head coach and Sparano as the teams tight ends coach.

“He did good for us,” said Parcells. “I was always impressed with him. His work ethic. He’s a very loyal guy. He’s a really loyal, good person.”


“He has own way of doing things,” Parcells said. “He’s not fearful. This guy is not looking for trouble. He goes by what he sees. He’s not overbearing. He picks his spots.”

As for Sparano’s football philosophy: “He wants to be sound on protection. He wants to protect the quarterback. That’s very important. That will be an emphasis there, and that’s a good thing. Quarterbacks take comfort in that and become efficient because of that,” Parcells said.