Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/20/13

DAVIE, FL - MAY 02: Executive Vice President of Football Operations Bill Parcells watches practice on during Miami Dolphins Rookie Mini Camp on May 2, 2008 at the Dolphins practice facility in Davie, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
When you think of Bill Parcells, the first thing that you may think of is his ability to give a good quote.  For example, he once referred to wide receiver Terry Glenn as “she” and there was this comment at the end of his tenure with the New England Patriots: “They want you to cook the dinner; at least they ought to let you shop for some of the groceries.”  There are dozens more of quotes similar to these, but the fact of the matter is that Duane Charles “Bill” Parcells is one of the best coaches in NFL history, helping to turn the fortunes of four franchises around. Bill Parcells started his coaching career at the college level and worked his way up through the ranks.  In 1981, he became the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants and then became the head coach in 1983.  In 1984, he guided the Giants to a 9-7 record which was only the franchise's second playoff appearance since 1964.  The Giants won a playoff game in 1984 and again in 1985 and then came 1986 and a Super Bowl championship, the Giants’ first title since 1956.  The Giants would then win another title under Parcells in 1990.  That offseason, Parcells stepped down as coach citing health reasons.After working in television for 2 years, Parcells got the coaching itch back and was hired to be the head coach of the New England Patriots.  In his second year in Foxboro, Parcells lead the Patriots to the playoffs, and in year four, the Patriots were back in the Super Bowl.  The Patriots lost that game to the Green Bay Packers and it turned out to be Parcells’ last game coaching in New England.Following the Super Bowl loss, Parcells was hired by the New York Jets where he was given the challenge of coaching a team that had just went 1-15 the previous year.  Parcells truly showed his greatness as a coach when the Jets went 9-7 during his first year.  The next year, the Jets went 12-4 winning their first division title since 1969 and lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game.  Coming off of the loss to Denver, expectations were very high for the Jets but in the first game of the 1999 season, quarterback Vinny Testaverde suffered a season-ending injury.  Despite the huge loss of his starting quarterback, Parcells had what many consider to be one of his best coaching jobs and was able to guide the Jets to a respectable 8-8 season.After the 1999 season, Parcells decided to step down as coach and appeared to be officially retired.  But in 2003, much to the chagrin of Giants fans everywhere, Parcells returned to the coaching scene, this time with the Dallas Cowboys.  After finishing 5-11 for three straight seasons, the Cowboys finished 10-6 and made the playoffs during Parcells’ first year in “Big D.”  In 2006, Parcells lead Dallas back to the postseason where the Cowboys lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the playoffs.  This would end up being Parcells' last game on an NFL sideline.Bill Parcells career coaching record is 172-130-1 in the regular season, and 11-8 in the postseason, all Hall of Fame worthy numbers.  But when you take a look beyond the numbers, Parcells’ true mastery as a motivator really shows.  Here is a look at each team’s record prior to his arrival and their record when Parcells took over as head coach:New York Giants: 1973-1982: 42-73 (1 season with a winning record); 1983-1990 with Parcells: 77-49-1 (6 seasons with a winning record and 2 Super Bowl titles)New England Patriots: 1989-1992: 14-50 (no winning seasons); 1993-1996 with Parcells: 32-32 (2 winning seasons and 1 Super Bowl appearance)New York Jets: 1994-1996: 10-38 (no winning seasons); 1997-1999 with Parcells: 29-19 (2 winning seasons, 1 AFC Championship Game appearance)Dallas Cowboys: 1999-2002: 23-41 (no winning seasons); 2003-2006 with Parcells: 34-30 (3 winning seasons and 2 playoff appearances)As you can see, each franchise was in rough shape before Parcells’ arrival but their fortunes were quickly turned around once “the Tuna” was given the reins.   Bill Parcells was also able to win with Phil Simms, Jeff Hostetler, Drew Bledsoe, Vinny Testaverde, Quincy Carter and Tony Romo as his quarterbacks, proving his versatility as a coach.  For these reasons, Duane Charles “Bill” Parcells deserves to be recognized as one of the greatest coaches in the history of football.
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