The Bill Parcells File


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This Sunday may be one of the final chances you get to see a “Bill Parcells Team” take on the New England Patriots. Then again, history tells us it’s probably not.

Either way, with Dolphins Week ongoing, I took another look at the legacy of the Tuna in today’s paper. And it’s a pretty amazing one — He was once known best for winning rings with the Giants, but now is better characterized as the ultimate franchise renovator.

Parcells’ first crack at running a football club came in a moderately broken situation, and the last four have been in terrible-to-disastrous ones. And yet, in 22 years as either a head football coach, a personnel chief, or both, Parcells has had just six losing seasons. In each case, too, he has changed what franchises are — Changing the image of the Jets and Patriots forever, and flipping the switch back on for proud franchises in Miami and Dallas. So to accompany the story above, thought I’d give you guys a chart to illustrate what Big Bill has accomplished in football. Enjoy …

NEW YORK GIANTS

Years: 1983-90
Year before arrival: 4-5 (strike year)
First playoff season: 1984 (Year 2)
First division title: 1986 (Year 4)
Playoff seasons: 5/8
Championships: 1986, ’90

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Years: 1993-96
Year before arrival: 2-14
First playoff season: 1994 (Year 2)
First division title: 1996 (Year 4)
Playoff seasons: 2/4
Championship: n/a


NEW YORK JETS
Years: 1997-99
Year before arrival: 1-15
First playoff season: 1998 (Year 2)
First division title: 1998 (Year 2)
Playoff seasons: 1/3
Championships: n/a

DALLAS COWBOYS
Years: 2003-06
Year before arrival: 5-11
First playoff season: 2003 (Year 1)
First division title: n/a
Playoff seasons: 2/4
Championships: n/a

MIAMI DOLPHINS
Years:
2008-present
Year before arrival: 1-15
First playoff season: 2008 (Year 1)
First division title: 2008 (Year 1)
Playoff seasons: 1/2
Championship: n/a

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