Today in Sports History: February 11

In 1997, Bill Parcells took on his third head coaching job when he became the Head Coach of the New York Jets. The Jets had gone eight seasons without winning a game and had a 1-15 record in 1996. 

With Parcells as Head Coach, the Jets improved to 9-7 in his first season. The next year, he took the Jets to a 12-4 record and advanced to the AFC Championship Game. It was the best two-year turnaround of a 1-15 record team in NFL history. 

After the 1999 season, Parcells stopped coaching the Jets but stayed on as a general manager for one more year before retiring again in 2000. Throughout the 19 seasons, he had an overall record of 172-130-1 in the regular season and 11-8 in the playoffs. He had won two Super Bowl Championships in 1987 and 1991 and was named the NFL Coach of the Year in 1986 and 1994.

Parcells was later inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2013. He has published multiple memoirs called, ‘The Final Season: My Last Year As Head Coach in the NFL’ published in 2000 and written with Will McDonough, and ‘Parcells: A Football Life’ published in 2014 and written with Nunyo Demasio.

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