I hate Dallas so I love to see them lose. But it’s amazing how fans and media care more about image than winning. You never ever heard any criticism of Bill Parcells. He was the ultimate coaching genius, right? His record as Dallas coach? 34-30, with an 0-2 record in the playoffs.
Wade Phillips has a record of 34-19, with a record of 1-2 in the playoffs. So Phillips’ record is much, much better than Parcells’ record, yet Phillips gets tons of criticism while Parcells is considered a god.
The difference? Press conferences. People like Parcells because he seems like a dictator or a general while Phillips isn’t full of B.S. and self-promotion like Mrs. Doubtfire is. Phillips is honest and straightforward and the media doesn’t like that. They don’t like his personality. They loved Parcells.
Again, Phillips is 34-19 with a playoff record of 1-2.
Parcells was 34-30 with the Cowboys with a playoff record of 0-2.
In fact, Phillips could lose 11 games in a row — every game for the rest of the season, finishing 1-15, and still have the same record the great Parcells had as coach of Dallas (34-30). But at least Phillips won a playoff game. It’s true that Parcells turned the team around after three losing seasons in a row, but Phillips also improved on Parcells.
In the NFL, winning doesn’t matter. Michael Vick is 40-28-1 as a starter, but every commentator before this year claimed he was a terrible quarterback, while Jay Cutler, with a career losing record, was considered brilliant before last season. People also hate Vince Young, even though all he does is win.
I hate Dallas, but I also like it when people’s opinions are based on facts.
You’ll hear a lot of people this season ridicule Phillips and you’ll hear just as many fawn over Parcells because it sounds like Parcells, or Mrs. Doubtfire, the Larry Brown of the NFL, is looking for another team. But just remember that Wade Phillips has been much more successful than Parcells as coach of Dallas, and it’s not even close.