In sports, every so often, we have the opportunity to contemplate a legacy. For most football fans this morning, the conversation aside from the Super Bowl is about Bill Parcells’s latest “retirement” from “coaching football.”
For many, the focus of the conversation is Parcells’s legacy. (For me, it’s about who’ll be the next coach of the Cowboys, I could care less about his legacy).
You’ve certainly read the “legacy” stats: Two Super Bowl Wins, took two different teams to the Super Bowl, took four different teams to the playoffs, etc.
But what about a different look, a different set of stats: Bill Parcells’s record without Bill Belichick on his coaching staff: 55-57, 0-3 in the playoffs:
With the Cowboys: 34-30 (0-2 in the playoffs)
With the Patriots (w/o Belichick): 21-27 (0-1 in the playoffs)
That’s right, the Patriot’s Super Bowl run was the first season after Belichick came on board as the Defensive Coordinator (after a failed stint as Head Coach of the Browns, as Ezzie will certainly be quick to point out). Each of the Giants’ Super Bowls was with Belichick on the staff. His entire Jets tenure (and the remarkable turnaround) was with Belichick on the staff.
And we all know about Belichick’s recent success.
So is Parcells the Master coach we’ve all annointed him? Or is he a good motivator (and probably good teacher of coaches, since his “Coaching Tree” is pretty impressive) that had a lot of help X’s and O’s wise from another coaching “Genius”?
I think it’s the second. And you know I think is EXACTLY the same? Joe Torre. And Don Zimmer was his Bill Belichick (as everyone knows, and EDS loves to point out, Joe Torre hasn’t won anything without Zim). A good motivator and ego manager (different skills in baseball in football, but the idea’s the same) who relied on smarter tactical minds for success.