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Studio Analyst Profile: Bill Parcells

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 12:19 PM, under , , , , , , , , ,

Athens, GA (Nov 27, 2007) - Not much can be said about Bill Parcells. Strong, opinionated and run out of Dallas. It is said that he, along with Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer and former University of Georgia Coach (and current ESPN Analyst) Jim Donnan, have houses down at Lake Oconee and hang out together in the off-season. I do not know if it is true or not, but what a way to spend a day fishing. Here is Parcells' profile as published by the ESPN Networks.

Bill Parcells, one of the most successful and respected coaches in National Football League history, returned to ESPN for the 2007 season as a studio analyst on Monday Night Countdown, SportsCenter and other programs. He also contributes weekly columns to and joins Chris Mortensen for a weekly ESPN Radio show on Friday evenings during the NFL season.

Parcells, who stepped down as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in January 2007 after leading the team to two playoffs appearances (2003 and 2006) and a four-year record of 34-32, previously worked for ESPN in 2002 as a studio analyst on Sunday NFL Countdown. He also spent part of the 2001 season as an ESPN guest analyst.

In 19 NFL seasons, Parcells posted a career record of 183-138-1 with four teams –the New York Giants (1983-90), New England Patriots (1993-96), New York Jets (1997-99) and Cowboys (2003-06). A two-time Super Bowl winner with the Giants (1986 and 1990), Parcells is one of only five coaches in NFL history to lead two separate teams to the Super Bowl, having also guided the Patriots to the NFL title game in 1996. He ranks ninth on the NFL's list of all-time winningest head coaches, and his 11 playoff victories are tied for the fifth most in NFL history.

Parcells mentored a number of assistant coaches who have become highly successful NFL head coaches, including Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin, Sean Payton and Eric Mangini, as well as Notre Dame’s Charlie Weis.

Parcells led the N.Y. Giants to a franchise record 14-2 record, a division title and a victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI during the 1986 season. He won two more division titles and another Super Bowl in 1990 before taking a break from football in 1991-1992 to serve as a football analyst for NBC Sports. When he returned to the sidelines, Parcells led the Patriots to the playoffs for the first time in eight years in 1994, and two years later he had them in the Super Bowl. Parcells then took a Jets team that went 1-15 before his arrival and turned the franchise around, managing a 9-7 record in 1997 and a 12-4 record and an AFC Championship appearance in 1998.

Parcells began his coaching career directly out of college, taking assistant coaching positions at Hastings (1964), Wichita State (1965), Army (1966-1969), Florida State (1970-1972), Vanderbilt (1973-1974) and Texas Tech (1975-1977). He was the head coach at Air Force in 1978.

Parcells was graduated from the University of Wichita (now Wichita State) in 1963. He played linebacker for the Shockers for three years, once compiling 20 tackles and six sacks in a game against Tulsa University.

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