Posted by JintsFan
No. David Halberstam was not in the Boston media. That's one example.
How are facts and the exact things that happened, sourced by the writers who interview the people who were involved as primary sources not be what you would want as a reader?
That's not spoonfed. Not at all. You're putting a media spin above actual fact with sourced components to support it. That's just wrong to do that.
A sensationalist media angle to drive a story, in this case, the drama of a protege spurning his mentor (so to speak), and not being collared yet again, is a lot different than getting actual sourced facts from Belichick as to what happened.
Or, the idea that Parcells was entertainment for a media that enjoyed good quotes to add to their pieces also should have no bearing on the facts.
Now, Belichick could be lying about why he left the Jets and how he did it, but he would be opening himself up to lawsuits galore, so I don't believe the information shared about him wanting to free himself from the parcells/Jets mess was a lie in any of the books.
The reality is, he had to accept the Jets job, legally, to be able to take a better job in NE.
These facts have also shown up in 2 other books Pats fans know of (Patriot Reign and Pats Management Secrets Vol 1 and 2).
So, "spoonfed" is not really a good word here unless you think a guy (BB) who cares about his image would lie in print in order to somehow spin this to curry favor with the public, which, as we know, is not anywhere near what BB does.
Spoonfed is a very good word for the apparent media delivery and love affair that we've seen with Parcells for years. Again, last year's ESPN "who is a better GM thing" proves this.
As does every single fact of BB's resume in comparison to Parcells's.
Parcells is not remotely close to BB as a GM if you compare resumes. It's insulting to BB and his consistent resume and otherworldly accomplishments. Parcells is also not really close to BB in terms of coaching success either.
BB has coached in 7 SBs. Parcells? 3.
People see the old school Parcells and look at his pre cap SB championships and for some reason connect to the present day. This is like saying Aerosmith is the same band they were in 1976. lol
The Jets story makes a lot of sense and it matches up as to why he had to accept the job and then resign, too.
It also matched up to Parcells being GM once he resigned. Parcells is a control freak. He's always been a bully to the media, yet the media apparently thinks he's the best thing since sliced bread, because in the end, it gets them what they want.
This idea is likely tied directly as to why Parcells is propped up and BB is not.
And, as we know, the fact is, Parcells was nowhere as successful as a coach without BB at his side, as opposed to BB at his side in NY, NE or with the Jets.
In fact, in each case, BB immediately turned the teams around, not Parcells. Parcells may have started a process, but BB was the clear final reason from a coaching standpoint.
He joined Parcells in 1985 as Def Coordinator (had other roles prior to that) and had them in the playoffs and a SB Champ within in 2 years, in NE in 1996 (SB appearance), and he had the Jets in AFC title game because of the improved D in just 2 years.
Look at the pattern. It's legendary. BB, far more so than Parcells. Funny how D wins championships and he took the same or maybe slighly different personnel and IMMEDIATELY changed the culture of the team.
Each time, the differentiator added to the equation, was BB, not Parcells.
The media is a very dangerous thing sometimes. They become brainwashed to sell and therefore end up saying the same thing over and over again until people believe it.