Parcells mentions that, at the time, the Patriots were more dysfunctional than the lowly Jets.
“New England was a bigger (challenge), because there was a lot more stability at the Jets,” Parcells said Monday on a conference call with reporters. (The occasion was his nomination for the Patriots’ Hall of Fame.) “The talent level, initially when I went to the Jets, was better. I would say New England was a bigger undertaking because the franchise was in … there were a lot more areas that lacked structure and stability.”
The Tuna touched on other New York-related topics on the conference call. Interestingly, he said New England — not the Giants — is where he learned his most valuable football lessons. Parcells made his name with the Giants (1981-1990), but he credited his two stints with the Patriots (1980, 1993-96) as his foundation.
“My background in pro football came from the New England Patriots,” he said, crediting New England scouting gurus Bucko Kilroy and Mike Holovak as two of the four men that shaped his philosophy on personnel. (He also mentioned Ron Wolf and Al Davis.)
“We see each other from time to time,” Parcells said. “We’ve had many conversations. We worked together a very, very long time. We were in the same office together for 10 years. You just can’t dismiss things like that. He was a big help to me when we were both assistant coaches together, and when I was the head coach, he was a vital part of our organization. Hopefully, I’ve been a help to him at some point … He’s a great coach. We get along just fine.”
No question Bill Parcells was pivotal in our franchises transformation from the depths of the NFL to now one of the upper echelon teams in the league. During the Kotite era the organization was abysmal. 1-15 abysmal. Parcells brought his tough demeanor and coaching prowess to Hofstra and literally turned the entire organization around and also bringing up through the reigns Mike Tannenbaum, a numbers guy back then and now a General Manager for the Jets and has done a fine job thus far making huge slashes in free agency and balancing the Jets cap quite nicely to this point.
Source : Rich Cimini- ESPN