Bill Parcells Once Savagely Ripped Bill Belichick During Game As Jets Coach

by NESN Staff

November 9, 2017

Bill Belichick universally is known as one of the greatest football coaches in history.

But there was a time when the New England Patriots head coach was a defensive coordinator with a failed head coaching history under Bill Parcells.

Belichick was Parcells’ defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, New York Jets and Patriots, and while the two put together stout, championship-winning defenses, Parcells wasn’t particularly nice to his talented coordinator.

Their relationship began to deteriorate toward the end of their time with the Jets, and it hit a low point when Belichick called for a blitz that Parcells didn’t particularly like.

David Halberstam detailed this relationship, and interaction, in his book on Belichick, “The Education of a Coach.”

“There was one terrible moment, during a game, when Belichick called a blitz, and Parcells seemed to oppose it,” Halberstam writes. “They went ahead with it and the blitz worked  ? the other team had done what Belichick expected and not what Parcells had ? but Parcells was furious, and over the open microphones in the middle of a game, he let go, ?Yeah, you?re a genius, everyone knows it, a goddamn genius, but that?s why you failed as a head coach ? that?s why you?ll never be a head coach? some genius.? It was deeply shocking to everyone who heard it; they were the cruelest words imaginable.”


That’s a brutal takedown from Parcells.

Belichick got the last laugh, though, as he has won five Super Bowl titles since becoming head coach of the Patriots, and could possibly win a few more before he hangs up the whistle.

ESPN is releasing a documentary on the relationship between Belichick and Parcells titled “The Two Bills.”

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