Which is, basically, everyone. Football teams do not lead themselves, and they certainly do not lead themselves to five Super Bowl victories. His answer, it turns out, could fill a book, but here are the top five principles that emerged over nearly two hours of conversation. Know our teammates and our coaches.
Shelves: sports Have the utmost respect for Parcells. Listening to his former players it is clearly evident how much he has impacted their lives, both inside and outside of football. Also, every observer of this coach knows that every uttered word from his mouth is purposeful, many have remarked on his uncanny ability to find people's buttons and relate to each individual differently.
Think how observant and insightful one has to be to be able to do that I read it in days and learned a lot from him about life in general, just as i had expected.
It was funny to read about things such as how he kept the temperature of the training rooms at 55 degrees in order to discourage players from congregating there and how much the top coaches today: Bill Belichek, Sean Payton, Tom Coughlin employ the things that they've seen Parcells do.
I told him that any words that he would hear that his mother might not approve of were to be forgotten and never repeated, at least not in her presence. The expletives flowed, but what we witnessed was the work of a master motivator who, despite some unorthodox methods, knew how to get the best out of his players.
I am avid follower of sports, but I like to look at it from a historical perspective. Many sports books, particularly, biographies come down to hagiography and statistics, which I find unacceptable.
We see a man with all of his foibles apart from his successes, in addition to his large ego, but also a strong sense of contrition as his life evolved. His mother, Ida was a traditional Italian woman who maintained a warm home, and usually contained her forceful personality.
Bill was more of a baseball player than a football player during his youth, but he would grow interested in the sport as it was seen as a ticket into college. While in college he met his wife Judy and by the time he obtained his first job, at Hastings College in Nebraska, they had a daughter and another child on the way.
Parcells coaching career would keep him out of the state he loved, New Jersey, for almost twenty years. Along the way he met and grew close with a number of mentors that included; Bobby Knight, the irascible basketball coach, and Al Davis, a Brooklynite to the core and long time owner and coach of the Oakland Raiders.
Throughout his journey before he became a head coach Parcells, who possessed his own rather large ego, was willing to learn from others and adapt if it would contribute to making him a better coach and improve his players. Finally, he would achieve his goal of being a head coach, being hired by the New York Giants in When Parcells arrived he found the likes of Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, and a quarterback named Phil Simms who as yet had not found himself on hand.
For me the Parcells era with the Giants was wonderful.
With visits to training camp I felt I had a special relationship with the team. Parcells banter at press conferences reflected a moody, sarcastic, but sincere individual. He drove his coaches and players to distraction to the point that Simms came into his office at one point and demanded that he be traded.
The book does a superb job describing Parcells coaching methods and philosophy, particularly how he interacted with the players on a number of levels.
For example, he was quite aware that a number of players had drug issues especially Lawrence Taylor. Parcells worked with these players to overcome their problems, set up a team drug policy at a time the NFL did not have one, and a vast majority of players who worked under Parcells state that the most important thing he did for them was make them into men and accomplish things they thought they would never be able to achieve.
In January, the Giants won their first Super Bowl under Parcells, a game that has special meaning for me as I was in Brussels that weekend accompanying twenty high school students on a Model United Nations competition at the Hague.
When I arrived the first thing I asked the attendant at the hotel desk was where I could watch the game.
I was told miles from the city I think he thought I was referring to soccer! Distraught, I called the American Embassy and explained my predicament. A deal was struck; we convoyed to Headquarters and watched the game with American troops until am.
I was never prouder to be an American and a Giants fan when they beat Denver Parcells would win another Super Bowl in against Buffalo and the odyssey that is Bill Parcells would continue.
Parcells stay in New England ran into the same control issues with its owner Robert Kraft, whose own sense of self was equal to that of Parcells.
An interesting part of the narrative is the description of the Parcells-Kraft relationship, and neither man comes out very positively.
The question for the two of them was whose ego was larger; the shrewd owner who wanted total control of his organization to maximize his monetary gain, or a coach who wanted almost total control of the football component of the team. Despite Parcells football divorce from the Patriots, he did make them relevant and laid the foundation for the most successful football franchise in the 21st century.
After leaving New England Parcells wound up back in New Jersey with the New York Jets where he was successful once again in turning around another franchise.
With the bombastic Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys we see a mellower Parcells in dealing with ownership, but the same overbearing approach on the field. Following his stay in Dallas, Parcells concluded his career in the front office of the Miami Dolphins.
The book delves a great deal into Parcells private life.
His meandering career played havoc with his 40 year marriage which collapsed due to his infidelity. In addition, he was an absentee father to his three children as he became more of a parent to his players. We witness a man who faces his mortality with intricate heart surgery.
Lastly, we are exposed to Parcells inner thoughts as he reviews his life decisions and takes the blame for many of mistakes he has made.
However, no matter what we think of Bill Parcells as a person, no one can minimize the impact he had and how integral he was to the history of the NFL during his long tenure.
To his credit he fathered an amazing coaching tree that includes the like of Bill Belichick, Sean Peyton, and Tom Coughlin, between them there are six super bowl rings.