Bill Parcells as Consultant? Yes, Yes, Yes!


Aug 4, 2012; Canton, OH, USA; Bill Parcells enters Fawcett Stadium before the start of the 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Parcells is a man that has football in his blood. We see evidence of this by how often he “retired”, and then came back to coach/work again. We were annoyed at him in 1999 when he retired on us, as we all felt the Jets were ready to have a huge year in 2000. After that, he coached the Cowboys, retired, and came back to run the Dolphins. He got them back on track, and has been retired ever since. We all know about his career BEFORE he came to the Jets. It’s been long and successful every where he has ended up.

The rumors have started to fly that the Jets are already searching for a general manager to replace Mike Tannenbaum. Obviously we don’t know if this is true, but if it is, this is something that Jets fans have been wanting for weeks now. Then we hear another interesting rumor. The rumor is that the Jets are interesting in bringing on Bill Parcells as a consultant for this process. How do I feel about this idea? YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!

(Assuming that Bill is on board, and wants to come back to work of course. The following discussion is assuming that Bill is interested.)

First of all, Bill Parcells’ body of work speaks for itself. He turned the Giants around from a laughingstock, and quickly. Same thing when he came back to work for New England, getting them also to a Super Bowl appearance. Even though he didn’t stay with us long enough, we know what Bill did for the Jets. He took them from 1-15 to the brink of the playoffs in 1 year, and to the AFC championship game in 2 years. Off the field, Bill drafted players that affected the Jets well after he was gone, such as Shaun Ellis, Chad Pennington and John Abraham. He went on to discover Tony Romo in Dallas and set them up to be a perennial playoff contender, and brought back the Miami Dolphins from the top of their organization to winning the AFC east.

Bill’s body of work, and footbal IQ is deep, and beyond reproach.

March 30, 2012; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) walks with former NFL head coach Bill Parcells before a spring training game between the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

He also brings a factor to the Jets that cannot be quantified. Just the name, “Bill Parcells”, brings a factor to the front office that is not measurable. But what it IS, is something that the Jets have been missing for a few years now. That factor is one word, “credibility”. Namely, the Jets have none, and need it back.

Over the last few years, the Jets have become the laughingstock of the NFL again, not necessarily for poor play, but for how they act. All of the talk has taken away from the product on the field, as we all know. The Jets are more known for what they do off the field than what they do on it. For the last four years, the Jets have dominated the microphones and the headlines, yet have been laughed at by team officials throughout the league. One thing that goes away when Bill Parcells is in the room is all of the talk. Bill Parcells has always run a tight ship, and although he wouldn’t be in charge of everything if he returns, Bill should have some influence over Woody Johnson, and cause him to adopt some of his policies, which would only be good for the Jets.

The Jets credibility with free agents is not good going into the 2012 offseason. The Tim Tebow situation is going to affect the choices of future free agents more than we realize. Tim Tebow, whether we like it or not, is a well known commodity around this league. When players hear that he was promised things by the Jets that weren’t delivered, this is going to be a problem. Why would players go ahead with negotating with the Jets if they can’t be trusted? If Parcells is involved in choosing the candidate, we know they will have credibility. Some of that repuration problem can be refuted, thanks to Bill Parcells’ influence.

If Parcells is ready and willing to help, bringing him on board is a no-brainer. The Jets need him. They need his presence again, even though he has been there before. I would be totally behind that move.