Bill Parcells, left, and New York Jets owner Leon Hess pose with a Jets helmet at the Jets training camp in Hemstead, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1997, after Parcells was named head coach and chief football operations officer of the New York Jets.
(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Today, we remember the time Bill Parcells cursed out everybody (including Bill Belichick) at his first New York Jets practice.

Robby Sabo

The first 37 seasons of New York Jets action featured a grand total of seven playoff teams. Amazingly, it took just 14 more seasons to match that number of seven playoff seasons.

Considering the New York Titans began play in 1960, the end of the 1996 season represents the turnaround point.

What happened?


It’s pretty obvious.

Unless your grudge over the way Bill Belichick left for New England keeps you in complete disdain, the man who graciously accepted Leon Hess’s introduction in 1997 owns most of the responsibility for why this organization turned on a dime.

Bill Parcells instilled a new attitude and culture that lasted well over a decade, something that began on his very first day on the job.

Longtime New York Times’ Jets beat reporter Gerald Eskenazi has since detailed what he saw on that first day on Long Island.


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