There has been a lot of debate recently about Bill Parcells being left out of the Hall of Fame on his first Ballot. He’s already a Hall of Famer in many Giants fans' eyes, turning the franchise around from the abyss of the 70s and bringing the team 2 Super Bowls.
Dan Pompeii of National Football Post gives his take on all the ruckus of him not being voted in and why he will eventually be voted in. What was remarkable about Parcells is he won wherever he went and turned teams around into contenders. Pompeii added, “what makes Parcells stand out is not his record alone, but the footprint he left on the game. Greatness is measured in more than wins and losses.” Just look at his coaching/GM tree: Belichick, Pioli, Crennel, Weis, Tannenbaum, Payton, Haley, Coughlin, Palmer and Zimmer.
Here is what Sean Payton had to say about Parcells:
“He was one of the greatest motivators of our time, and that resulted in him being able to get the best from his teams. Parcells’ greatest strength is he understood people and behavior, competitive behavior. He understood what it took to practice well, play well and win, better than anyone I’ve ever been around. He knew how to stay on coaches, then at a certain point, when you might be getting frustrated, he’d be in your office talking about something funny. It was the same way with players. He’d have nicknames for everyone. He was extremely hard on you at times. He knew how to prepare a team to be at their best when they needed to be. He knew how to challenge players. I’ve seen him create a crisis. Despite his image, Parcells was flexible, not a system coach like so many are today. He was able to take whatever he had and bend his philosophy to fit. He was always looking to build his scheme based on the talent he had.”
“He was a turnaround specialist, making bad teams good ones. This was due mostly to his ability to see the big picture. He was able to go into a team and, even though there were a thousand problems, he could identify the ten most important things and get six or seven of them fixed right away and make the team competitive.”
“He was very good at identifying players who would fit his teams, and he had specific traits he was looking for in everything from a quarterback to a practice squad linebacker. He has a distinct image of what each position should be, and he fits the player to the position.”
It is a damn shame Parcells is not a first ballot Hall of Famer. This fraud of an election committee collectively decided to put personalities before principles. Apparently, Parcells hurt the feelings of some of these hack "journalists". This is the reason why the Tuna is not in the Hall of Fame.
Pete, one of our experts here at UltimateNYG, opines on the Parcells snub:
I have struggled this year with professional football, the quality of the game, the lock out, and the treatment of players.
Nothing has made my blood boil like what happened!!!!
Bill Parcells was not admitted to the Hall Of Fame on the first ballot!! It has never been more clear about what ills the game I have played, the game I worked for, and the sports passion of my life, than this outrage!!
Bill Parcells by stats is one of at least the top five coaches to ever lead a team. Parcells and George Young turned a miserable Giant franchise into a two time super bowl winner. He made a terrible Jet team a contender. He made Men out of boys, as people like Curtis Martin said after this shame.
Martin deservedly made the hall on the first ballot, which was “soiled” by the snub of the man he credits with his success. Martin credits Parcells with his HOF career and said ”it would be my honor to introduce him to the Hall.” People who made a difference like Gil Brandt, the men who played for Parcells and most other living HOF members were stunned by this outrage. Parcells was all about the game and was a hero of mine.
Sure, he made enemies as most people who excel do. Yes, he was and ”is” "eccentric,” as he went from the Giants to the Patriots, Jets, Cowboys, and the Dolphins. I felt betrayed when Mr. Bill left my Giants. I never really got over that and neither did this organization.
Parcells won everywhere he went. His players to a man respected him. He set records that most likely will never be broken. He dedicated his life to this game.
It was never about money for Bill. It was about football, his players, and the game.
I would argue that greatness is measured in many ways but look at who worked for Bill and went on to become a head coach elsewhere. No one can boast that the likes of Payton, Crennel, Belichick, Haley, Coughlin, and even Garrett learned learned the game under Bill.
Both coaches in Super Bowl XLVI worked for Parcells, which speaks for itself. Pro football will never be the same for the disgrace of their actions and disrespect for a man who earned the “Hall.”
Great stuff from Peter King on Manning and the Giants.
The fact that Gilbride and Manning have been together for eight years is a huge factor in Gilbride knowing what Manning will execute well in a certain situation. "He completes my sentences,'' Gilbride said. And Manning told me this about Gilbride: "He is what I know about NFL offenses. I can't tell you how huge an advantage it is to be with the same coordinator for so long.''
Sometimes the HOF is nothing more than a trumped up beauty contest. But sometimes it is about recognizing individuals who have changed the game for good. People who take the sport to the next level and bring something to the game beyond the achievements of an individual or a team. The Walsh's, and Lombardi's and the Parcell's of the world changed the game. Their successes were more than bringing victory to a franchise. And for this these men should be acknowledged.
I gotta tell you, I don't care much about the HoF.
I know I'm in the minority here (maybe I'm alone !) but individual awards like the HoF, PoY, MVP ... I don't care one bit about them.
@Arthuro The Hall OF Fame in sport would be a good thing if was about a man's career. It would be much more meaningful sans the politics. Life would be so much better without the so many self-possessed experts passing judgement on a game they either never played or never played well enough to be valid.
The fact is that the word "great" is used way too often which cheapens the intended meaning. There are men who were owners,coaches,players and even the occasional executive who stood out above the rest.
The Hall should be predicated only on those who in some way elevated the game. Jimmy Brown was the greatest runner I ever saw. He was a man against boys.
I grew up on Long Island and so did Brown. He was just an incredible athlete. He came before me(no,not sexually) so it was his legend and he was a legend at Hempstead High School. He was a "star" in track and field,basketball and of course football.
J.B. was big,very big for his era yet he could run like the wind. He was 230lbs and about 6 ft but no one could catch him when he busted one and no one could tackle him when they did.
The guy played for 10 years and I never remember an injury. The guy didn't wear pads like everyone else.He,like Barry Sanders left while still on top. and healthy. WoW!!
So they are the guys that all others should be compared to even the likes of "sweet" Walter Payton,John Henry Johnson,O.J.,Hugh Macelhaney
,Joe "the Jet Perry,,Tony Dorsett,Willie Galimore,Gayle Sayers and other great players.
There are others like Martin who is fourth in total yards in the game but,no one can say he is /was Jim or Barry,or what a healthy sayers might have been.
There have been great coaches but they must be compared to Vince,Tom Landry,The "genius who built the Niners dynasty and even Bud Grant,Marv Leavy,Chuck Knoll who built their own dynasties in Minnesota,Buffalo,Pittsburgh and of course "hoody in N.E.
Bill Parcells is in some ways the best as he coached more teams,a lot more teams and everywhere he went he turned lead into gold.
Sean was a brilliant assistant and now a brilliant coach who,with another ring will belong.
Johnny U,the late John Mackey,Don Shula,Dan Marino,the no name defense as a unit are in my Hall along with that team which is still,after 40 years the only one.
If you think about this you may come to the same place as me or,you may not but Eli isn't really close yet to Staubach,Elway(in his best years) ,the dynasty Quarterbacks "yet".
What he has proven is that he just might get there which was a fantasy until now.