Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick relationship examined in new ESPN 30 for 30 film
A new ESPN 30 for 30, "The Two Bills," will air on February 1 and focus on the relationship between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. That turned out to be the easiest thing about “The Two Bills,” a on ESPN and examines the relationship between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. “It was one of those moments where you just say, 'Thank God we found this. Call Bill Belichick what you want, but these accounts of his In New York, Bill Parcells nicknamed him Doom and Gloom, . I was like, "Oh my god. and respect for his father and his contentious relationship with Parcells.
Belichick was elevated to defensive coordinator in Belichick was named head coach of the Cleveland Browns, leading them to one playoff victory in his five seasons. After getting assurances he would remain the head coach after Browns owner Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore, Belichick was fired one week after the move was announced.
Parcells left the Patriots because of a disagreement with owner Robert Kraft. Parcells wanted to select Texas defensive end Tony Brackens with their first-round pick. The New York Jets wanted Parcells to be their head coach and general manager. The Patriots threatened legal action against the Jets. The teams were able to negotiate a deal to release Parcells from his Patriots contract with the help of then-commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
The Jets gave the Patriots a third and fourth round pick ina second-round pick inand a first round pick in Parcells retired for a second time from coaching for the second time after the season, though he remained in charge of Jets football operations for another year. He made an arrangement to have Belichick succeed him as Jets head coach. However, Belichick was only in charge of the Jets for one day.
In one of the most bizarre events in NFL history, the press conference introducing Belichick as head coach turned into a resignation press conference. At his next stops, in Detroit and Denver, Belichick's mental mastery of the game -- and brash approach -- earned him the labels Boy Genius and Punk. In New York, Bill Parcells nicknamed him Doom and Gloom, mocking him for his abrasive demeanor and reluctant, monotone delivery. In the s, he was known as a lame duck at the end of a few mostly miserable years in Cleveland.
And inafter serving as Jets coach for less than a day, he referred to himself as HC of the NYJ on a handwritten resignation note.
These days, people call him Genius, Misanthrope and even Hoodie. To his friends, he is often just A--hole, which, tellingly, Belichick considers a term of endearment. But after all this time, and all these attempts to label him, does anyone really know Bill Belichick? The resulting interviews, with coaches, players and other associates, provide the definitive character study, covering Belichick's genius, failures, partnership with Tom Brady, the pathologies around his controversies and the ultimate debate about his legacy.
Seeds of Genius Bill Belichick was a coaching vagabond before he could walk. Soon after Bill's birth, in Nashville, Tennessee, on April 16,his father, Steve, was fired, along with the rest of the Vanderbilt football staff.
It was a harsh lesson about the fleeting nature of the profession and one that has remained with Bill his entire life, according to the late author and his longtime friend David Halberstam. After a two-year stop at North Carolina, where the coaching staff was again fired, Steve eventually enjoyed a long and renowned career as a scout and professor at the Naval Academy.
Bill's mom, Jeannette, was also a teacher and by all accounts a lovely, loquacious woman who spoke seven languages and enjoyed a lifetime subscription to The New Yorker. It was in Annapolis where, after recognizing his son's physical limitations the scouting term he used to describe Billy was "heavy ankles"Steve began teaching him how to apply his considerable intellect to football.
He'd carry those lessons to Wesleyan University, where he played football, lacrosse and squash and majored in economics.
Phil Savage Browns Assistant, Scout, Things would get busy and Bill would end up in a room or a closet by himself with a projector and a stack of film, and it's like, 'Son, take these tapes and tell me how many times they ran split back.
He always saw video and film and the mental side of the game as the great equalizer for him. Growing up with football in your life, that experience as a young man at the dinner table, is invaluable. He was educated to the nuances of the sport at a very young age. By the time he got his first job, he already had experience just from living it with his dad.
I think that's where the foundation was. I think he really relishes it. But who is he really? He was kind of a geeky kid. A failed football player. I don't know what would separate him from other coaches, but it certainly wasn't playing experience in college.
He was not a starter as a sophomore, he didn't play as a junior and when he was a senior, a freshman took his spot. But he was always regarded as a coach on the field, especially in lacrosse. Other players, if they didn't know what the play was about, they'd ask Bill before they'd ask the coach.
His responsibilities grew quickly, thanks to scouting skills that were so impressive, players said it was like having a spy working for the Colts. After a stint in Denver, Belichick spent the next 12 seasons in New York 11 with Parcellssix as defensive coordinator. During that time, the Giants won two Super Bowls.
Bill has followed suit on that pretty much his whole career. The difference is Bill would go to an extreme to make you play left-handed.
That's Belichick's absolute genius: When other coaches say it's important that we take away an opponent's best receiver, only Bill would commit four defenders on a receiver and play the rest of his defense with the other seven.
He's willing to do whatever. Once Bill decided what to focus on taking away, he always ended that meeting with the same saying: I'm telling you, he's going to win a Super Bowl someday. You could tell by the way they were communicating it, so passionately, they felt he gave them such an advantage. In their eyes, Belichick was playing a very strategic, intricate game of chess while everybody else was playing checkers.
On Monday, March 18,I walked into the Browns' building, shook his hand, and Bill says, 'What are we paying you again?
And he goes, 'Look, we had planned on hiring two guys, but I want you to do both sides of the ball. We'll give you an extra five grand, and eventually we'll bring some other a--hole in to help you out.
I'm like, 'Uh, thanks for the opportunity. Then, all of a sudden, I end up with Bill Belichick.
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For a year I don't think I managed to do anything right. You've seen him in press conferences. No matter what I said, there was a real poker face there. I mean, I was not getting any feedback. I was dying a thousand deaths, especially in our first visit, which happened the first night I got there.
That was hard, and then I got sent back to Maine. Didn't think I had a chance at all. A mutual friend talked to him over the weekend.
He called me back and said, "No, he liked you. That's a funny way to show it. It was never the guy who was talking tough that you feared or thought twice about.
It's the guy like Bill who's very quiet and didn't have much to say. Back in my neighborhood, they say the loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room.
Belichick had that kind of factor to him, that quiet storm -- quiet but powerful, almost like demanding your respect without saying too much.
I had no family. I had no bills. I basically lived at the Browns' office. It was a great chance to get an education, to get a Ph. But in Cleveland, under Bill, he'd go slump down against a wall and stutter, "I gotta get out of here, I can't function anymore. But he never asked you to do anything he wasn't doing. I look back on that first season as the greatest year in my coaching life. AP Photo Devil in the Details Belichick's love and respect for his father and his contentious relationship with Parcells, both a mentor and a tormentor, left him with a soft spot for younger coaches and staff, aware of how hard he pushed them.
It was the kind of gesture people would never, ever connect to Bill Belichick. There's a generosity to Bill most people don't get to see. And he had written a little note: She named her bear Hoodie. So I emailed Bill and asked him to call the kid. Bill calls him that same night and the kid hangs up on him.
Bill emails me and says, 'I reached out to him but, um, I don't think I really connected. I was just really grateful and I couldn't believe it. I called Bill up and thanked him right away.
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He just said, 'Ah, don't worry about it, you should've had the job three days ago. His assistant said he was in the weight room on the treadmill.
I went down there and he turned the treadmill down and he walked really slow and we just sat there and had a conversation for well over an hour about everything. The river just unloaded. I wish I had a tape recorder. I didn't even have a piece of paper with me, so I was just trying to remember everything. They don't see that guy on the treadmill. They see the guy in front of the press podium. One of the things Bill said to me was, 'Don't try to be me, try to be yourself. It wasn't just the players.
He coached the coaches. That one's 2 feet between the center and the guard. OK, now look at the splits of the wide receivers. The Z is inside the numbers. The X is outside. He looks to the left, to the right, to the left, then to the middle and then he hikes the ball.
You gotta monitor that because it could help our defensive linemen get a jump on the snap. Anything that touches the team is important. That philosophy of 'Don't sweat the small stuff'?
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Yeah, that was never his philosophy. In my immature mind I'm sitting there in the dark doing the math: Three games to break down on each side of the ball, 60 plays in each game, 20 minutes a play means I can get through three plays in an hour.
My god, I'll never sleep again. We turned it around in We won 11 games and won the wild-card playoffs. We were really on the cusp of something great there in Cleveland. Nobody in the world could have survived that. It was an absolute dumpster fire, what ownership did to him in Cleveland. If you look at the Bill we know now, the same thing he did in New England was going to happen in Cleveland.
I have no doubt that in Cleveland would have been like the Super Bowl season in New England if Bill had been allowed to continue to grow and groom his staff and his team. It went from the greatest sports city in the world to an 80,person wake on Sundays. Bill would never show it, but it took a toll on him.
As he waited at the lectern for the noise to abate, his firing imminent, his face was a contorted mix of defiance and disappointment. In a way, this was his dad's Vanderbilt moment. If ever he was granted another chance, he'd do everything differently.
But first, penance awaited: Four more years as a Parcells underling, first with the Patriots and then three seasons in New York with the Jets, where Parcells is said to have mocked Belichick as a so-called genius and failed head coach on an open headset during a game.
Inwhen Parcells retired temporarily from coaching, he named Belichick his successor in New York. Concerned about instability with ownership and wanting to step out of Parcells' considerable shadow, Belichick scribbled out a resignation letter on a napkin -- he was quitting as "HC of the NYJ," it stated -- and bolted to New England. The Jets got three draft picks as compensation.
Parcells says the two former colleagues have never discussed the defection, which gave Belichick the total control he needed: Usually, the GM handles the business and the coach handles the team. Bill's one of the few out there, if not the only one, who can do both. There's only one person who walks on this earth that does it at this level.
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The way he can separate in his mind the deep, personal relationships he has to have with his players downstairs in the locker room, on the field and in games, versus the business reality of looking at the same exact players from a strictly financial standpoint, as commodities, when he switches hats upstairs in the front office -- that's not just incredibly hard, that's almost impossible. Al decided to go with Jon Gruden, an offensive-minded coach, which surprised no one in the league.
But Al liked Bill very much. Bill made it clear he would always tailor his schemes to maximize his players' talents. That's what the best coaches do, the best business people do and the best leaders do: They put their people in the best possible position to succeed. And that's what Bill does. I was always tickled pink years later when Al would say to me, 'Well, you sure can pick a coach, kid. This is one of them.
The creativity of contracts and 'beating the cap' will have a lot to do with each team's success in the NFL in the next few years and I'm sure you'd be very good at it. I always carry many fond thoughts of Wesleyan and your guidance with me and I look forward to the gulp 20th it can't be reunion this summer.
Best wishes for the New Year, Bill Belichick. In 15 years I could probably count on both hands the number of times I pulled into the parking lot and he wasn't there. When the leader of the organization does that, it's really easy for everyone else to kind of take that mentality too and say, 'If he's doing it, we all should do it. He gets maybe two hours of sleep, and the rest of his life is football.
He's paid the ultimate sacrifice for this game. It separated you sometimes from your immediate family, but you felt an obligation to this organization to really give your all. At any other place there was a focus on football and winning but never quite to the level of New England. And it really was attributed to how Bill ran the show over there. After the team meeting I said, 'Coach, I apologize, the power in Cumberland, Rhode Island, was blacked out because of the storm.