Bill Parcells Always Gave His Team The Best Chance Of Winning

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CBS New York

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) —Bill Parcells learned a life-changing lesson in his first coaching job at little Hastings College — give your team the best chance to win.

If that later meant cutting a couple of popular guys to get his type of tough-minded players, or tearing down a perennial All Pro linebacker to make him better, patting a shy player on the butt instead of yelling at him, spending the endless hours on the Xs and Os or even looking the other way with Lawrence Taylor, at times, Parcells did it.

It was a way of coaching that helped “The Big Tuna” change the fortunes of four struggling franchises, win two Super Bowls with the Giants, go to a third with New England and win election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on his fourth attempt.

Parcells will enter the Canton, Ohio shrine with a 172-130-1 record…

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