Bill Parcells career facts & notes

Posted Feb 2, 2013

Career facts and notes on Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells


Bill Parcells, is one of the most successful head coaches in NFL history. In 19 seasons as a head coach, he led four teams – the New York Giants, New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys. He was 172-130-1 in the regular season and 11-8 in the playoffs. Parcells won two Super Bowls with the Giants and lost one with the Patriots. He is one of five coaches to lead two different franchises to the Super Bowl and the only head coach in NFL history to take four franchises to the postseason.


*Parcells was 172-130-1 (.569) in the regular season and 11-8 (.579) in the postseason. His overall record was 183-138-1 (.570). The 172 regular-season victories are the 10th-highest total in NFL history, as are the 183 total victories.

*Parcells led the Giants to victories in Super Bowls XXI and XXV. He is one of 13 head coaches with more than one Super Bowl victory.

*Parcells was New England’s head coach when the Patriots lost Super Bowl XXXI. He is one of 11 coaches to coach in at least three Super Bowls.

*Parcells joins Hall of Famer Don Shula, Dick Vermeil, Mike Holmgren and Dan Reeves as the only coaches to lead two different franchises to Super Bowls.

*In postseason play, Parcells was a combined 4-1 against three Hall of Fame coaches: 2-1 vs. Bill Walsh, 1-0 vs. Joe Gibbs and 1-0 vs. Marv Levy (the latter in Super Bowl XXI).

*Parcells was .500 or better with each of the four teams he coached.

*Parcells reversed the fortunes of all four franchises. When he took over the Giants, they had one winning season in the previous 10 years. After a 3-12-1 debut season, he led the Giants to the playoffs five times in the next seven years, including three seasons in a row (1984-86) and Super Bowl victories in 1986 and 90. After a two-year hiatus, he returned to the sideline in 1993 with a New England team that finished 2-14 the previous season. Parcells led the Patriots to the playoffs in his second season and to the Super Bowl in his fourth. He joined the Jets in 1997, one year after they were 1-15 (4-28 in two years). Parcells led them to a 9-7 record in his first season and the AFC Championship Game in his second year with the team. After sitting out for four years, he joined a Cowboys team that had finished 5-11 in three consecutive seasons. Dallas made the playoffs in Parcells’ first year on the sideline.

*Parcells is the only coach in NFL history to lead four different teams to postseason play.

*Parcells was the NFL Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1994.

*Parcells’ 77 regular-season victories with the Giants place him third among head coaches in the 88-year history of the franchise. The leader is Hall of Famer Steve Owen with 151, followed by current coach Tom Coughlin (83).

*Parcells has a far-reaching and extensive coaching tree. Three of his former assistant coaches – New England’s Bill Belichick, the Giants’ Tom Coughlin and New Orleans’ Sean Payton have won a combined six Super Bowls in eight tries (the only losses were Belichick’s to Coughlin in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI).

*Served as the Miami Dolphins’ Vice President of Football Operations from 2007-2010.

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