National and local media alike have commonly used the terms Kansas City Patriots and New England Chiefs over the past couple of weeks. But as Bob Gretz notes, the better connection to make is to Bill Parcells.
With the formal addition and introduction of Romeo Crennel as defensive coordinator on Thursday, the Chiefs believe they have the big pieces to their coaching puzzle in place. And while there’s a definite look of the New England Patriots to the picture these days, it really has more to do with Bill Parcells, the Big Tuna, the two-time Super Bowl winning coach and current czar of football with the Miami Dolphins.
Call them the Kansas City Tunas.
It’s not just that Scott Pioli, Todd Haley, Charlie Weis and Crennel all worked for Parcells. With the exception of Pioli, it was Parcells that played a key role in the other three getting their first jobs in the NFL.
All three of those guys were with the Jets from 1997 through 1999, when Parcells left the sidelines and moved into the general manager’s role. So was Pioli, who was the director of player personnel. Two important parts of Haley’s offensive staff were there as well in assistant head coach/running backs coach Maurice Carthon and offensive line coach Bill Muir. Carthon played for Parcells with the Giants, coached first with him in New England and then went to the Jets and ultimately the Cowboys. Muir was with the Jets when Parcells arrived, but stayed there as the offensive line coach through his tenure.
Also part of that Parcells coaching tree with the Giants, Patriots and Jets was Bill Belichick. When Parcells retired the second time, Weis and Crennel went to New England to work for Belichick.
When it comes to what happens on the football field, the Parcells influence is all encompassing. He’s provided the top three with a common background and understanding of the game and what’s important. When Haley talks about Weis and Crennel being the right fit, it all goes back to the time they spent together at the Parcells School.
Great stuff all the way around, as usual, by Gretz.
These connections are important to remember as people in the media want to make a huge deal about how Pioli is only tied to Crennel and Weis. And how if the Chiefs struggle early on next season then he will be in a hurry to replace Haley with a “Belichick guy”. In reality all four of them share a connections in Parcells.