Dollar Bill and Belicheat

Football is gauged by wins, playoffs, and most importantly, Super Bowls.

It has been widely popularized by Boston fans that without Belichick, Parcells would not be known as a head coach football icon… hopefully, that is from more of a knock against the NY media than the accomplishments by the man.  But I am just as certain that NY fans say the converse against the Boston media, too.

Personally, I think Crennel (and Weis) were the real enablers of that media-hyped dynamic duo, because where would both of them be without Crennel?  I throw (and Weis) in there, because it’s not his fault he was missing prior to the 1990 campaign, but he certainly has a strong NFL resume when Weis is joined with Crennel.

Here are my points to support this claim:

1)  Playoff record of Parcells and Belichick, with Crennel (and Weis):

… as World Champions:

1986: Parcells, Belichick, Crennel (NYG, 17-2)
1990: Parcells, Belichick, Crennel, Weis (NYG, 16-3)
2001: Belichick, Crennel, Weis (NE, 14-5)
2003: Belichick, Crennel, Weis (NE, 17-2)
2004: Belichick, Crennel, Weis (NE, 17-2)

… reached the Super Bowl:

1996: Parcells, Belichick, Crennel, Weis (NE, 13-6)

… reached the Playoffs:

1984: Parcells, Belichick, Crennel (NYG, 10-8)
1985: Parcells, Belichick, Crennel (NYG, 11-7)
1998: Parcells, Belichick, Crennel, Weis (NYJ, 13-5)

The duo is 20-4 in the playoffs and 5 rings, because they had Crennel (and Weis); with Weis, 15-2 and 4 rings.

Now, the above alone does not make my point complete, unless you combine it with Belichick and Parcells resumes, which are replete with mediocrity:

2)  Parcells and Belichick as head coaches, but without Crennel (and Weis):

1983: Parcells (NYG, 3-12-1), inherited 17-24 (4-5, 9-7, 4-12) team, 1-1 playoffs

1991: Belichick (CLE, 3-13), inherited 22-25 (3-13, 9-6, 10-6) team, 1-2 playoffs

1992: Belichick (CLE, 7-9)

1993: Belichick (CLE, 7-9); and Parcells (NE, 5-11), inherited 9-39 (2-14, 6-10, 1-15) team, no playoffs

1994: Belichick (CLE, 11-5), 1-1 playoffs; and Parcells (NE, 10-6), 0-1 playoffs

1995: Belichick (CLE, 5-11); and Parcells (NE, 6-10)

1999: Belichick (NE, 8-8), inherited 30-18 (9-7, 10-6, 11-5) team, 3-3 playoffs

2000: Belichick (NE, 5-11); hires Weis

2003: Parcells (DAL, 10-6), 0-1 playoffs, inherited 15-33 (5-11, 5-11, 5-11) team, no playoffs

2004: Parcells (DAL, 6-10)

2005: Belichick (NE, 10-6), 1-1 playoffs; and Parcells (DAL, 9-7)

2006: Belichick (NE, 12-4), 2-1 playoffs; and Parcells (DAL, 9-7), 0-1 playoffs

2007: Belichick (NE, 16-*), 2-1 playoffs

2008: Belichick (NE, 10-6)

2009: Belichick (NE, 10-6), 0-1 playoffs

2010: Belichick (NE, 14-2), 0-1 playoffs

2011: Belichick (NE, 5-3), playoffs?

… Playoff record without each other, AND WITHOUT CRENNEL (and WEIS):

Belichick (5-5), 0 rings
Parcells (0-3), 0 rings

It can be noted here that Belichick alone has had a lot more opportunity, but he also inherited successful teams, whereas Parcells inherited dismal teams.  But those teams did not become legendary until Crennel (and Weis) joined them.