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Bill Parcells
Duane Charles "Bill" Parcells (born August 22, 1941 in Englewood, New Jersey), nicknamed "The Big Tuna", was the head coach of the New York Jets from 1997 to 1999 and Director of Football Operations in 2001.


Early career

He was a linebacker at the University of Wichita (now Wichita State). His assistant coaching jobs at the collegiate level were Hastings (1964), Wichita State (1965), Army (1966-69), Florida State (1970-72), Vanderbilt (1973-74), and Texas Tech (1975-77). He was the head coach at Air Force (1978).

NFL career

Before the Jets

Parcells spent time at the Giants and the Patriots before taking over as head coach of the Giants in 1983. He led the Giants to two Super Bowl wins before retiring. He spent two years as an analyst for NBC Sports, before almost taking over at Tampa. He then took over at New England in 1993 and led them to Super Bowl XXXI but lost. After Bob Kraft decided he was the big man on campus, Parcells decided to leave.

As Jets Head Coach

Although Parcells had decided to leave New England, his contract did not allow him to coach anywhere else. The New York Jets sought Parcells to take over their football operation after a 4-28 record under Rich Kotite. To circumvent Parcells' contractual obligations, the Jets hired Bill Belichick (then the #1 assistant to Parcells) as the Jets coach, and Bill Parcells was hired by the Jets in an "advisory" role. New England threatened legal action against Parcells and the Jets, but NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue brokered a deal between the two sides, with New England releasing Parcells from his contract and the Jets giving New England a first round draft choice.

After taking over on February 11, 1997, Parcells guided the Jets to a 29-19 regular season record in his three seasons. The 29 accounted for the fifth most in the NFL over that period of time. Additionally the team won the AFC East title in 1998 and advanced to the AFC Championship game against the eventual champion Denver Broncos.

Under Parcells, the Jets went from 1-15 in 1996 to 9-7 in 1997 to 12-4 in 1998, an improvement of 20 victories. It marked the first time in NFL history a team had won one game and within 2 years was playing for a conference championship.

His 1999 Jets team, which lost starting QB Vinny Testaverde 25 plays into the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, started 1-6 (partly down to his opinion that Rick Mirer was adequate cover) but rallied to win 7 of its last 9 games. Parcells announced his retirement, saying he was done with football. Parcells decided to move upstairs to become director of football of operations, allowing his defensive co-ordinator, Belichick to take over as head coach. However, Belichick had been planning a smash'n'grab job on Leon Hess's money and lasted one day. Al Groh then took over as head coach. At the end of the season, Parcells was gone, into another retirement.

He retired with a winning percentage of .604, the best mark in franchise history, while his 29 wins place him 4th on the alltime Jets list.

After the Jets

In 2003 Parcells became head coach for the Dallas Cowboys, where he remained until the end of the 2006 season, when he retired yet again.

Post NFL career

Parcells is now working with ESPN as an analyst. Well, until someone tempts him out of retirement.....

Preceeded by Jets Head Coach Succeeded by
Rich Kotite 1997 - 1999 Al Groh
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