CANTON, Ohio -- Bill Parcells has a tall and successful coaching tree that features Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin and Sean Payton, who have combined to win six Super Bowls since 2001.
All three will be in attendance at Saturday night’s Hall of Fame ceremony.
“I had a pretty good crew,” Parcells said. “That’s what we say in Jersey. I really did.”
Belichick was an assistant coach under Parcells with the New York Giants, New York Jets and New England Patriots. Coughlin was Parcells’ assistant with the Giants. Payton had a three-year run with the Cowboys from 2003 to '05.
It was almost only a two-year run when Payton initially accepted the Oakland Raiders' offer to become head coach following the 2004 season, but Parcells and owner Jerry Jones talked Payton into staying with Dallas, bumping Payton’s salary to $1 million.
Payton left after the ’05 season for the New Orleans Saints.
“Sean gets it,” Parcells said. “He really gets it. Like all of us when we’re young, he didn’t always get it, but he gets it now. And he knows what’s important, and he’s absolutely a terrific listener. He’s very bright, creative and I have a high regard for him. I really do.”