Bill Parcells

Bill Parcells

Hall of Fame Head Coach, two-time Super Bowl Champion

Bill Parcells is a former NFL Head Coach whose career in football spanned five decades and who won two Super Bowls as the Head Coach of the New York Giants. 

Parcells is also a two-time NFL Coach of the Year (1986, 1994), the coach of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team and a member of the New England Patriots Ring of Honor. In addition to coaching the Giants and the Patriots, Parcells also served as Head Coach of the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys before moving into an executive role with the Jets and Miami Dolphins. His 172 wins as a head coach make him one of the most successful coaches of all time. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013. 

Prior to working in the NFL, Parcells was an accomplished college football coach for seven institutions, including four years at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he coached linebackers and was the defensive coordinator. While there, he became friends with basketball coach Bob Knight, a relationship that has lasted decades. 

In addition to his own stellar achievements, Parcells has helped launch the careers of dozens of others, including Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin, Sean Payton, Todd Bowles, Dan Campbell, Mike Tannenbaum, Jerry Angelo and many others. 

Parcells became the Vice President of Football Operations in Miami following his retirement from coaching in 2006. Previously, he had also served as the General Manager of the New York Jets in addition to his coaching duties. 

Parcells was an accomplished athlete in his own right. A native of New Jersey, he went to River Dell High School, where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball. His high school football coach was Tom Cahill, who would later go on to become the Head Coach at Army and hire Parcells to be his assistant. Parcells was such an accomplished college athlete that he was drafted by the Detroit Lions as a linebacker – and he turned down a baseball contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Bill Parcells currently lives in Florida and has three daughters. His oldest daughter is married to former NFL General Manager Scott Pioli.

Analysis

Parcells: The Tom Landry Rule and Putting a Roster Together

One of the things I learned at a young age was the Tom Landry Rule. Even though he was in our division, Coach Landry had a little spot in his heart for the Giants because he had worked there as an assistant coach. Wellington Mara, the patriarch owner of the Giants, introduced me to him […]

Analysis

Bill Parcells: Telling Players How They Are Being Evaluated

Most teams going into NFL training camp have an offensive and defensive installation schedule that was implemented, in part, in the OTA section of their practices in the spring or in the minicamps. That installation schedule is followed up at training camp, so that by the time camp’s completed, hopefully the players have been through […]