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“Anyone who appreciates NFL history, plus any longtime fans of the Giants, Patriots, Jets, Cowboys, and Dolphins, is going to want to run out to your local bookstore to buy Parcells."– Ben Volin, Boston Globe
“Parcells: A Football Life, written with Nunyo Demasio, is well worth it, especially the part that deals with his time with the Patriots, a behind-the-curtains look we so seldom get.” – Bill Reynolds, Providence Journal
"For those who adore the former coach of the Giants, the Jets, the Cowboys and the Patriots, this is the tome for you." – Star Ledger
"Impossible to resist" – Newsday
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Bill Parcells may be the most iconic football coach of our time. During his decades-long tenure as an NFL coach, he turned failing franchises into contenders. He led the ailing New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories, turned the New England Patriots into an NFL powerhouse, reinvigorated the New York Jets, brought the Dallas Cowboys back to life, and was most recently enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Taking readers behind the scenes with one of the most influential and fascinating coaches the NFL has ever known, PARCELLS will take a look back at this coach’s long, storied and influential career, offer a nuanced portrayal of the complex man behind the coach, and examine the inner workings of the NFL.
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This book takes the reader on a journey from the early days of Bill's childhood -- where he was raised by a tough father -- to his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame. Because it is difficult to sum up a 500+ page biography in a short blog book review, I will hit on a few points that inspired my thinking.
THE INFLUENCE OF A FATHER: There are many reasons why fathers' influence over our sons' lives are crucial. For instance, who we are as fathers/men and how we treat our children and wives cause our children to view our Heavenly Father in much the same ways as they view us. Are they afraid of us, or do they find comfort in our presence? Are we lazy, or are we driven?
Who Bill Parcells was as a coach, and who he is as a man, is the direct result of his father's strong influence on him. The two men pulled no punches; they knew what was necessary to be successful; and they were driven to accomplish their goals. Many of the stories told in the book regarding Bill's coaching tenure returned to the influence his own father had on him. Fatherhood is no small task!
BEING TOUGH, BUT RESPECTABLE: I think we humans tend to equate a coach (or a supervisor) being "tough" with his/her employees to being a jerk. Likewise, we may also be tempted to equate "respectable" to being liked or nice. But that isn't necessarily so.
Bill Parcells cared about his players, and he cared about winning. He had high expectations of his players, and he was never afraid to have those difficult conversations that needed to be had with the people who needed to hear them.
Bill was known for his tough-on-drugs approach to football, and his influence on his teams is what inspired the NFL to pursue substance abuse policies. In his system, drug users and winners did not mix. Personnel may not have liked Bill Parcells during those tough conversations, but afterward they came out on the other side as human beings. I got the feeling after reading the book they all appreciated those hard conversations, too.
STRONG LEADERSHIP: Crummy teams that start at the bottom in one season and finish at the top just a few seasons later always seem to be coached by strong leaders. I've often wondered how influential coaching staffs really are, as I considered my favorite team's mediocre season with mediocre players and coaches and the possibility of them being turned around with the same players but different coaches. I think Parcells answers that question, because Bill was able to make winners out of non-winners.
I talked with my wife about strong leadership in the workplace, and how Parcells's style would fit in the public sector. Imagine knowing exactly what was expected of you on a daily basis at work; Imagine being held to a known standard; and imagine knowing exactly what the rewards and consequences were for not meeting those standards.
Strong leaders in those scenarios pull no punches. Employees know exactly what they're getting because strong leaders are consistently strong, rather than wishy-washy. Employees may not like to hang around that kind of supervisor, but it begs the question: Is it a supervisor's job to be an employee's friend, or to make them and the organization better?
CONCLUSION: Once again, this is certainly NOT all that this book is about. There is so much more. You'll have to read this monster volume for yourself the glean what you will from it.
RATING: This book was very well researched and documented, and brilliantly intertwined biographical information with sporting replay. If you're a sports fan, this book is for you...it has all the who's-who you could ever hope for in a biography. It's a no-brainer: I give this 5 stars out of 5!
DISCLAIMER: I received this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions are mine; they were not forced upon me. I was not promised anything in exchange for a positive review.
This is a quite interesting read to be sure. It isn’t just about what happened, but gives much insight into the “whys”. You read about how he learned about scouting and rating players from Bucko Kilroy, the beginning of the 3-4 defense and other interesting aspects of football. You soon begin to think that most football executives should read this.
While the book is authored by Parcells and Nunyo DeMasio it is written in the third person. There are numerous quotes from interviews of the many people in Parcells life. This helps balance Parcells perspective in many ways.
In many ways the portrait that emerges is not surprising. He is a driven man. As he noted in his Hall of Fame induction he was also married to football. Just as you can’t serve two masters, you can’t serve to “wives.” His passion for football eventually cost him his marriage, and nearly cost him his daughters. But the man who didn’t parent his daughters essentially parented many young men. That is the odd, bitter irony of Bill Parcells life. Football gave him nearly everything he has, but it also took so much from him.
He also emerges as a man torn by indecision apart from football strategy. He could be quite indecisive, seemingly changing his mind at very inopportune moments. As a result there was also a trail of fractured relationships with GMs and owners that paralleled his long-term relationships. So strong and decisive in some areas and so unstable in others. In other words, a real human being.
As a life long Patriots’ fan, I was most interested in his time with the Patriots and his relationship with Bill Belichik. Little Bill, in many ways, is his most successful disciple. You understand Little Bill when you understand Big Bill. Much of what he learned about how to run an organization, deal with the press, draft players etc. were learned from Parcells.
Parcells did not simply emerge. His father was a great collegiate athlete. Bill loves sports growing up. For a time he lived down the street from Vince Lombardi, and played with his son. Bill worked hard, very hard and studied the greatest coaches. He developed friendships with many legendary coaches. He felt the obligation to pass what he learned on to the next generation of coaches. He did well since so far his coaching tree has won 6 Super Bowls. He soaked up all he could but he also freely helped those who sought his help and advice.
It was those relationships on the way that got him started. He first coaching job was under his college coach who took a new job. In this way Parcells by-passed coaching in high school. He ended up working at West Point after his high school basketball coach recommended him to his high school football coach who was the new head coach for Army. Football is the only world dominated by “who you know.” It is well illustrated in Parcells’ life but this is often how the world works.
DeMasio helps Parcells’ story be told in an interesting and informative fashion. In some ways it reminds me of The Perfect Storm because it will go off on those tangents (though not nearly as long). It is a captivating story about many captivating men centered on one captivating man.
[I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purposes of review.]