The purpose of this post is to look at Bill Parcells coaching record and evaluate his player personnel tendencies via past drafts, and based on the facts.
Career coaching record 172-130-1 (.570) Playoff record 11-8 (.579) All very impressive numbers.
Parcells won Super bowl titles in 1986 & 1990 with the GIANTS. As coach of the NYG he was an impressive 77-49-1. His early and middle years were very successful. His last four years with Dallas 34-30. He was 0-2 in the –playoffs with Dallas. In 3 years with the JETS he was 29-19 a much better record from 1997-1999. He was 1-2 in the Playoffs with the JETS.
The last 11 years of his coaching history he was a combined 95-81 in the regular season, not bad (Dallas/Jets/Patriots) but he was only he was 3-6 in the playoffs combined during these years, making it to the Super bowl in 1996. I believe this suggests that Parcells in the "modern era" has proven to be a good but not great coach. Could this be due to his heavy emphasis on running the ball and building defense – over the modern "high powered" passing game ? What about his penchant for size over speed ? Do the rule changes over the past few years make it more important than ever – to field a passing orientated team ?
Looking ONLY 2 rounds deep (due to the amount of research needed) Here are Parcells 1 & 2nd
round picks with DALLAS. You be the judge how well he drafted. I tend to believe that he was only a little better than average. Part two will look at his time with the Jets and Pats. Feel free to post the later rounds of those drafts if you have the time for the research.
2006 Round 1 (#18) Bobby Carpenter LB (FAILURE)
Could have taken…….DeMeco Ryans or D’Qwell Jackson
Round 2 (#53) TE Anthony Fasano (AVERAGE)
2005 round 1 (#11) DeMarcus Ware OLB (20) DE Marcus Spears – PRO BOWLER & SOLID STARTER
Could have taken……………both great picks
Round 2 Kevin Burnett LB (42 overall) FAILURE
Could have taken…………….(#45) Lofa Tatupu LB
2004 No first round pick
Round 2 Jacob Rogers T – FAILURE
Could have taken……………Max Starks (#75)
2003 round 1 (#5 overall) CB Terrance Newman – Pro bowler
Interesting Fact – S Troy Polamalu taken at #16 by Pittsburgh
Round # 2 Al Johnson C (38 overall) – Failure
Could have taken C Dan Koppen (taken 164 overall) by Patriots
Johnson was the larger player – but Koppen was much better