go to MSN.com
Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Via Larry Brown Sports:

If you think that the Patriots have become a finesse team that can’t win big games anymore, Bill Parcells thinks you’re crazy.

The Big Tuna was among seven elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Before learning of his good fortune, he gave an interview to Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe. Parcells reportedly scoffed at the suggestion that the Patriots have become a finesse team.

“No!’’ said Parcells when told the Pats had been labeled a finesse team. “Who says that? They ran the ball good this year. I don’t know what happened in the playoffs, but here’s what I say to you guys in New England: You guys are spoiled. Really, you are. You’ve got to remember how the other half lives. You forgot. I was there for it, so I know. Just remember, you could be like some of these other franchises that you see. You got a couple of ’em in your division.”

When Parcells told people in New England that they have been spoiled, he was probably talking about fans and media alike.

The Pats have won double-digit games in every season since 2003. The only year since then they didn’t make the playoffs was in 2008 when Tom Brady got hurt. They still went 11-5 that year and only missed the postseason because of a tiebreaker. Because of their success, they’re expected to win a Super Bowl every season, but they haven’t since 2004. The fans care more about the team because it is successful, and that leads to a lot of nit-picking.

In the big picture, the Patriots have been wildly successful and spoiled New England, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had flaws that should be discussed.

One thing we do know is that Tom Brady agrees with Parcells.

2 Comments:
  • Pats are very good. The Ravens put up more points against a Niners team that is said to have one of the best defenses in the league. In the AFC championship game, the problem for the Pats was on offense. If they put up their customary 30 plus points they would have been in the Super Bowl again. But, only 13 points? Need a big receiver. And for Gronk to stay healthy for the playoffs.
  • Patriot fans ARE spoiled! The success they have had would be the envy of virtually every other club in football. They should be thankful for the golden era of their football, however they somehow think it's their God-given right to win and others should simply accept bad calls and dropped passes.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Cubs reportedly offer Jon Lester more than $135 million

Colin Kaepernick: Jim Harbaugh will be back in 2015

Jeremy Maclin not happy with Riley Cooper’s contract remark

Broncos reportedly waive kicker McManus, sign Connor Barth

Report: Browns not committed to Brian Hoyer long-term

Pablo Sandoval, Red Sox officially agree to contract

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ex-NFLer passed out in Wendy's drive-thru, arrested for DUI

Ex-NFL DB Fred Smoot arrested on domestic assault charges

Jets’ Sheldon Richardson: ‘I didn’t get drafted to lose games’

Jose Canseco's fiancée Leila Knight breaks it off with slugger

Rex Ryan reportedly wants to start Michael Vick in Week 13

Tom Thibodeau: Derrick Rose must ‘get out there and play’

Sherman mocks NFL media policies in press conference

Why Packers' offense continues to evolve despite success

'Fire Idzik' billboard updated with suggestion for Jets owner

Watt buys pizza, shows gratitude to Houston firefighters, cops

College football's post-Week 13 Playoff projection

Which teams have the best shot at an undefeated season?

Infographic: Terrell Suggs' sack victims after notching 100th

Dude Perfect video features Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll

Rick Pitino 'played four white guys and an Egyptian' in blowout

NFL Power Rankings after Week 12

WATCH: James Harden had another lapse on defense

One thing every NFL team should be thankful for

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
RUMORS & GOSSIP

Cubs reportedly offer Jon Lester more than $135 million

Let me start this off by saying I like Jon Lester and think he’s an excellent pitcher, but if this latest report is true, Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs have officially lost their minds. A report on Tuesday claims the Cubs have offered the free agent left-hander a six-year deal worth “north of” $135 million. Lester is the top lefty on the market this winter and I understand...
Via Rumors and Rants
35 minutes ago

Colin Kaepernick: Jim Harbaugh will be back in 2015

There has been a lot of talk about Jim Harbaugh’s future with the San Francisco 49ers. Earlier this year, multiple reports indicated that he would not be back with the team no matter what they did moving forward this season. Other reports told a story of Harbaugh not being well-liked in the locker room. Ever since these reports were made public, mutliple 49ers players have come...
Via Sportsnaut
54 minutes ago

Jeremy Maclin not happy with Riley Cooper’s contract remark

If you looked at the contracts for Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, you might think the numbers are backwards. Back in February, Cooper signed a five-year, $25 million extension with the Eagles. Maclin signed a one-year deal that could be worth up to $6 million just a few days later. This...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 hour ago

Broncos reportedly waive kicker McManus, sign Connor Barth

The Denver Broncos finally had enough of inept kicker Brandon McManus and are making a change. #Broncos have waived Brandon McManus and after working out Jay Feely and Connor Barth Tuesday morning, have signed Barth. — Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) November 25, 2014   Barth last kicked in 2012, missing all of 2013 after suffering a torn achilles in a charity basketball...
Via cover32 - Broncos
1 hour ago

Report: Browns not committed to Brian Hoyer long-term

According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, the Browns remain committed to Brian Hoyer being their starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2014 season. The Browns reportedly believe making a quarterback change and going with Johnny Manziel would undermine the work they have already put into this season. However, Cole adds that Cleveland is not married to Hoyer long-term...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
4 hours ago

Pablo Sandoval, Red Sox officially agree to contract

  It’s official: The Panda is in Boston.   The Red Sox announced Tuesday that third baseman Pablo Sandoval officially agreed to a five-year contract with the team. The deal also includes a club option for 2020. The Red Sox designated catcher/first baseman Ryan Lavarnway for assignment to make roster room. Sandoval, 28, spent his first seven seasons with the San Francisco...
Via NESN.com
4 hours ago

Ex-NFLer passed out in Wendy's drive-thru, arrested for DUI

Former NFL quarterback Tyler Thigpen was arrested early Sunday morning in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for driving while under the influence. Well, he wasn’t exactly driving at the time of his arrest, but he was behind the wheel of a running vehicle. According to WMBF, police found Thigpen passed out in his car at a Wendy’s...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 hours ago

Ex-NFL DB Fred Smoot arrested on domestic assault charges

Former Washington Redskins second-round pick Fred Smoot, who played nine years in the NFL (seven with Washington), was arrested Sunday morning and charged with domestic assault (via CBS). Police indicated that authorities were called to a residence in Ashburn, Va. at 11 a.m on Sunday morning after a female claimed Smoot grabbed her during an altercation. Smoot, who is currently...
Via Sportsnaut
4 hours ago

Jets’ Sheldon Richardson: ‘I didn’t get drafted to lose games’

That thud you heard on Monday night was the New York Jets hitting rock bottom. Despite a neutral field advantage and 15 days of rest, the Jets were blown out by the Bills, 38-3, at Ford Field in Detroit. Yes, those same Bills who were rocked by last week’s historic snowstorm thoroughly and effortlessly embarrassed their lifeless division rivals, completing the sweep of Gang Green...
Via Helmet2Helmet
5 hours ago

Jose Canseco's fiancée Leila Knight breaks it off with slugger

  Jose Canseco might be spending Thanksgiving with a broken heart.   The former slugger’s fiancée Leila Knight told TMZ Sports that she’s walking out on Canseco and breaking off their engagement. Canseco also confirmed the breakup via Twitter early Monday morning. Leila and I have gone our separate ways.check back later and find out what happened — Jose Canseco...
Via NESN.com
22 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.