Bill Parcells Hall of Fame – NFL FootballMonday, April 2, 2012 21:25
As the possibility of Bill Parcells coaching the New Orleans Saints raises its head, the question arises does Parcells belong in the Hall of Fame?
NFL Off-Season Opinion
With the New Orleans Taints’ recent courtship of Bill Parcells comes the predictable media musings about whether The Tuna, the former head-coach of four NFL teams, deserves Hall of Fame consideration and what a one-year deal with the league’s newly anointed devils will do to his legacy.
What exactly is Parcell’s legacy? He berated or yelled at his share of reporters and whined about not having enough power on draft day.
Let me write it one more time…HALL OF FAME…
To paraphrase The Princess Bride’s Inigo Montoya: I don’t think that phrase means what way too many people think it means.
According to the HOF in Canton, Ohio:
The only criteria for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame are a nominee’s achievements and contributions as a player, coach, or contributor in professional football in the United States of America.
To me, that means Hall of Famers should be judged against those that have achieved the most in their respective endeavors.
For NFL Coaches, that means future HOF candidates be judged against the following:
- Lombardi: 5 Championships, 1 playoff loss, won 73 % of the games he coached.
- Brown: 7 championships, game’s greatest innovator.
- Noll: Four Super Bowl wins, zero losses; 4th most playoff wins.
- Shula: Won 347 games, including playoffs; 2 losing seasons in 33 years; only undefeated season.
- Walsh: 3 – 0 in Super Bowls; brilliant football mind.
- Landry: 36 playoff games, most wins (20), tactical genius…
- Gibbs: 3 1 in Super Bowls; 17 playoff wins…
All of these coaches have flaws in their records. Chuck Noll had one playoff season in his last seven years. Shula was barely over .500 in the playoffs and got killed in three of five Super Bowls; Brown had a losing record in Cincy. Landry lost three Super Bowls. Gibbs was four games under .500 in his 4-year comeback with the Native Americans.
Nobody is perfect…But these and a few others are the elite of the great.
Of course, the gold standard is the Trophy’s namesake.
My question: Does Bill Parcells even belong in the discussion?
I like the Tuna and he was an excellent coach, but his body of work does not merit induction to the NFL Hall of Fame. If winning two championships is the ticket into Canton, should Mike Tomlin be good to go if he wins one more?
“Achievements and Contributions” has to mean more than pure statistics—and it is arguable Parcells doesn’t reach even the statistical standard set by the all-time greats.
To compare Parcells to the game’s greatest, checkout www.pro-football-reference.com
Every coach listed above contributed something significant to the game beyond wins and losses, Xs and Os.
- NFL defensive and offensive coordinators are still learning from Landry.
- Gibbs won Super Bowls with three different and very average quarterbacks; currently, just about every NFL team has a QB coach.
- Brown practically invented film study and practice techniques still used today.
- NFL defenses are still trying to stop Walsh’s West Coast offense.
- Contemporary Draft day War Rooms wish they could evaluate talent like the ’70s Steelers.
- Don Shula was and is unmatched in consistency in every facet of the game.
Bill Parcells is known for being a wise-ass in press conferences and famous for his oft quoted line: “They want you to cook the dinner, at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries.”
George Young was the very hands-on GM who hired Parcells and exercised final decisions on draft day that resulted in a superb 8-year run during which Big Blue won two Super Bowls and 8 of 11 playoff games.
Parcell’s last eleven years–during which he gained much more say in personnel decisions–left him with a .540 winning percentage and a 3-5 playoff record–hardly HOF worthy numbers.
Guess nobody told the Tuna that truly great cooks can make a gourmet meal out of any groceries–even if someone else bought them at Food-4-Less.
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