Former legendary New York Giants HC Bill Parcells opens up about former Giants defensive coordinator and current Patriots HC Bill Belichick.
Apparently New England isn’t the only place where Bill Belichick has experienced a power struggle. In ESPN’s Ian O’Connor’s new book, “Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time,” former Giants head coach Bill Parcells had some things to say regarding BB.
Reported by SNY, the two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach for Big Blue wasn’t fond of some decisions made by Belichick. The two were both on the staff for the Giants’ Super Bowl XXI and XXV Victories in 1986 and 1990. And Parcells, well, wasn’t fond of a lot of the decisions Belichick had made during their tenures.
Belichick has been praised for his defensive game plan in the upset win against the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV. The game plan is actually enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. However, Parcells has a differing opinion.
“I don’t know whose idea that was to put it in the Hall of Fame,” Parcells mentioned in O’Connor’s book. “If anything should be in the Hall of Fame, it should be [Offensive Coordinator] Ron Erhardt’s game plan. We had the ball for 40 minutes and some seconds. That takes work, consistent play. We were only on defense for 19 minutes. To me, we had a good game plan against them. It was well thought out, a couple of things we did, the two-man lines in that game. But I’m not diminishing anything. I’m just telling you. I don’t know how that happened. I’m not knocking anyone here.”
Former Giants GM George Young wasn’t a big fan of Belichick initially either. This was also discussed with Parcells and mentioned in O’Connor’s book.
“I was there when [Young] said it,” personnel man Chris Mara said. “He said, ‘He’ll never become the Giants’ head coach.’ George, like others, said, ‘This is an ex-lacrosse player. He’s a disheveled-looking mess most of the time.’ George was big on that other stuff as far as appearance, which is why he was so high on Ray Perkins, who took command of everyone around him and was a born leader. I just don’t think he saw that in Bill Belichick.”
Through the years, there’s definitely been apparent disagreement and below-average opinions between Parcells and Belichick. However, it’s a big story to see a legendary head coach like Parcells actually mention it, and discuss his true feelings towards another legendary head coach.