As a kid, I remember watching the New York Giants during their better years. I would hear my uncles saying that we needed to bring Parcells in to rebuild the team. This was back in the mid 80's. It was funny to them when I asked " what was broken " and they all replied " Everything! " The other day they were discussing Parcells and the Miami Dolphins. They still say we should went after Parcells all of these years later. Especially when King Carl was showing signs of fatigue and needed to be replaced 3.3 years ago.
So as we were sitting on the back porch sipping ice cold Buds, I brought up the topic of Haley and his ties to Parcells. They were saying that when we were going threw OTA's last year, and heard that Haley was "unhappy" with their percentage of fat most of the players had on them, it reminded them of Parcells. They said Parcells used to be tough on his players about that same issue. They also said it was hard to please him and he only demanded the best out of his players. All of them. Period. So naturally being a disciple of him, it would only be fitting to have certain tendacies of the man.
I started to believe in Bill Parcells' philosophy of "tough love" when he took the reins of the New York Jets football team in the late 1990s, and drove them playoff bound. So close, his team faltered and missed the Super Bowl by losing the AFC championship game in 1998. Needless to say "tough love" is "good love" when it comes to football.
Haley is displaying the same qualities that Parcells displayed with most of his teams he's coached.
Haley had the keys to the Arizona Cardinals offense and finely tuned them for a playoff run.
For Parcells it started in the boardroom. There he has made good draft picks like Marshall's Chad Pennington to bolster weak spots on the team. And he has worked magic on the field by squeezing out the maximum talent of players.
Haley and Pioli believe in this same principle. It starts in the boardroom with quality picks. And it shows with the recent picks of this years draft. They also work with average players strong points and weak points to get the max talent out of them.
Parcells inspires. Some say he does it through intimation, some day, psychology, some say with enthusiasm, and some say simply by being football savvy. More of a football professor than a down and dirty former football player, on the field he never excelled as a football player. He was born to coach not to play.
Todd has never played organized football on any level of the game, he has football in his blood from his father Dick Haley who was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1959 and played cornerback for 5 seasons.
The senior Haley is currently a Player Personnel analyst for the Miami Dolphins. He was Director of Player Personnel for the Pittsburg Steelers from 1971–1990 as well as the New York Jets from 1991–2002. Haley is frequently credited with selecting the Steelers' renowned 1974 NFL draft class which included four future inductees in the Pro Footballl Hall of Fame. The rookies were Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, and Mike Webster who would help lead the team to Super Bowl IX and three more Super Bowl Championships by the end of the decade.
He was born into a football family. Raised around quality coaches and players. Like Parcells, he was born to coach the game and not to play the game. And he does inspire to be great.
One of Parcells strongest attributes as a coach was to discipline gifted but troublesome players. Before Parcells arrived to coach the New York Jets, wide receiver Keyshawn Johnsonwas an attention hungry, and a disruptive force on the team. Parcells took him aside one day and had a heart to heart talk with Johnson. What ensued wasn't a quick, radical change in Johnson's on and off the field antics. It was a slower yet successful change. Over the months, the fans noticed that Johnson started to act seriously, not only after catching touchdowns, but also when he disagreed with the ref'eree call and toward his teammates.
Haley has had his own problems with Dwayne Bowe. Someone with major potential and upside who was allowed to skate his first couple of years here. Now Bowe is starting to preach the word "greatness" and not just " being good enough."
As a coach on the field, Parcells was more like a professor than a rah-rah coach. He studied the game and the players. He looked for the ins and outs that would make his team stronger. And like any other great coach, he determined a player's strength and weakness and worked on that.
As far as play calling, rarely would a Parcells team show flashiest with trick plays. He did flashy plays only on occasion to keep the opponents off balance, nevertheless, Parcells was a tactician with the X's and O's on the chalkboard.
Haley has the same ways in most parts. And with three pillars of the game, one with his father Dick Haley who worked with the Pittsburg Steelers during the steel curtain years. Another with mentor Bill Parcells and the third being Scott Pioli, Todd has been " groomed " well for this position. He has great ties, and quality backing in his corner. He will be a Super Bowl coach. The big question is.... Win?
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