What Bill Parcells Said About Belichick Should Really Scare The NFL
Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells recently joined ESPN's Tony Grossi for a radio appearance and had a lot to say about the New England Patriots.
In fact, he spoke about everything from Belichick's success, to Brady's performance at his age, to Jacoby's potential.
Initially, the conversation centered around Jacoby Brissett.
If you remember, former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis recruited Brissett to the University of Florida with help from none other than Tom Brady, who even called Brissett's mother on behalf of Weis.
Then when Brissett transferred to North Carolina State, he connected with Bill Parcells, who is a former mentor of Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick.
Rumors flew that Parcells and Belichick obviously spoke during the draft, but it wasn't until Parcells did this radio interview that the rumors were confirmed.
“I did speak with Bill about him [Brissett] late in the [draft] process last year,” Parcells explained.
“I thought it [New England] would be a very, very good place for Jacoby because he’s highly motivated much like Brady, and he has the same kind of dedication and work habits. He just needed the proper direction and I thought he’d get it with Bill. Fortunately, he went up there and things so far have gone OK for him.”
From there, things shifted to Belichick and if what Parcells had to say has any credence at all, the rest of the league should be very nervous.
Parcells went on to speak about how Belichick has had the perfect circumstances for years, and how Belichick has gone about setting up those circumstances.
It's Belichick who had hand picked the staff and the players, and his close relationship with owner, Robert Kraft has given Belichick the freedom to make some unorthodox decisions.
Parcells also commented on how Belichick's experience has given him a large edge over everyone else.
“As time goes on, I think, it’s actually not harder [to compete],” Parcells explained.
“It’s easier, because his experience is so much greater and he’s been through two or three cycles of players, so he can reference back to the kinds of players that have been successful for him before and try to integrate similar ones into the system for the future. That’s what all of us basically try to do. If a player doesn’t remind you of some other player that you had some success with, then there’s probably a good chance that that player isn’t going to be successful.”
So there you have it. According to one of the best NFL coaches ever, Bill Belichick is basically a fine wine, only getter better with age. Hopefully he coaches until he's a 100.
One thing Parcells refused to comment on was QB Tom Brady's future.
“I don’t know Tom Brady,” Parcells admit. “I don’t ever recall being in his company. Obviously, he’s a very dedicated, highly motivated guy. But to comment on what his future is, I’ve never been around him so I don’t think my opinion would mean very much.
I do know one of the other quarterbacks in New England, Jacoby Brissett, and he has nothing but good things to say about Tom and how he goes about the job and how Jacoby’s learned an awful lot from him. I don’t know. He seemingly is going to go on at least into next year and then we’ll see after that, I guess.”
Brady is currently under contract until 2019, and would be 43 years old if the Patriots, or TB himself, decided to add on more years of playing.
Jacoby Brissett is a potential replacement for Tom Brady, as is Jimmy Garoppolo. Jacoby would also be a free agent after the 2019 season.