One of my favorite football people in the world, actually he is number three behind Ron Wolf and Al Davis, is Bill Parcells. I got to stand on the Patriots sideline at Stanford Stadium when the Los Angeles Raiders hosted Parcells and his New England Patriots in a 1995 preseason game.
It served as an education on how many words could be conjunctively strung together to cause maximum impact on targeted players. It was a great opportunity to see Parcells at his verbal best, because he was setting precedent for the upcoming regular season and it was while the Patriots coughed up a double digit fourth quarter lead with a series of misplays. Most often the culprits of the fumble, errant pass, or missed tackle would attempt to slink back to the sideline and maximize the distance between themselves and Parcells.
Some made it without Parcells running them down and loading their ears with an assault that I’m certain is illegal on the streets of most states. I suspect that the players who didn’t warrant an effort by Parcells to run down and yell at were the same players cut before the Patriots opened the season in Foxboro against the Cleveland Browns the following week. Those that took the Parcells heat were those that the coach was most interested in working with. He developed New England into a Super Bowl squad in his fourth season on the job, thus becoming the first coach in NFL history to have won a Super Bowl with his first team and gone on to lead a second team to the Super Bowl.
The attempt to win a Super Bowl coaching a second organization failed while the Green Bay Packers triumphed 35-21 in Super Bowl XXXI. The coaching victory going to Mike Holmgren, who nine years later would match Parcells record of taking a second organization to the Super Bowl. Like Parcells, Holmgren lost in his bid to become the first coach to win a Super Bowl with two different organizations, the Pittsburgh Steelers downed his Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.
The NFL is still looking for their first head coach to win a Super Bowl for two different franchises.