Bill Parcells offers simple advice for Giants’ rookie head coach Joe Judge
Joe Judge is entering his first season as the head coach of the New York Giants, an experience that Bill Parcells is all too familiar with. Parcells, a Hall-of-Fame coach, offered some simple advice for Judge ahead of his first year at the helm in New York.
With Judge preparing tirelessly for his inaugural season with the Giants, Parcells just told him to simply “Be yourself”. It’s advice that Parcells didn’t take himself when he began his coaching career with New York in 1983. The legendary coach uttered that he attempted to go through the motions of being a head coach instead of being himself.
“I was just trying to be a head coach instead of being Bill Parcells,” he said.
As a result of Parcells’ inability to express who he was as a first-year head coach, he would post a downtrodden 3-12-1 record with the Giants in 1983. However, in his 19 seasons as a coach in the NFL, Parcells would finish with 12 winning seasons. Above all, six of them came with the Giants, with him helping the franchise win two Super Bowls from 1986-1990.
For Judge, he’s going to make his debut at head coach in quite a peculiar setting due to the implications of COVID-19. While Parcells coached, training camps were conducted way differently than they are in today’s NFL. And with the coronavirus pandemic still going on, this year’s practices are even more distinct than year’s past.
Coming from the New England Patriots, some believe Judge will attempt to carry himself in a similar manner as Bill Belichick. On the contrary, Parcells believes Judge should create his own style of coaching and just be himself in 2020.