ESPN's Ian O'Connor's new book, "Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time," has many revealing tales in its pages. And of course, Belichick's time with the Giants is highlighted.
In particular, O'Connor spoke with former Giants head coach Bill Parcells, who worked alongside Belichick for years in New York. Parcells touched on Super Bowl XXV specifically, though, and it quoted saying he isn't sure why Belichick's game plan from that upset win over the Bills is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Instead, he thinks offensive coordinator Ron Erhardt's game plan should be enshrined.
"I don't know whose idea that was to put it in the Hall of Fame," Parcells said. "If anything should be in the Hall of Fame, it should be Ron Erhardt's game plan. We had the ball for 40 minutes and some seconds. That takes work, consistent play. We were only on defense for 19 minutes. To me, we had a good game plan against them. It was well thought out, a couple of things we did, the two-man lines in that game. But I'm not diminishing anything. I'm just telling you. I don't know how that happened. I'm not knocking anyone here."
More on Belichick's time with the Giants was touched on, including longtime GM George Young saying he never wanted Belichick in the head coaching role.
"I was there when [Young] said it," personnel man Chris Mara said. "He said, 'He'll never become the Giants' head coach.' ...George, like others, said, 'This is an ex-lacrosse player. He's a disheveled-looking mess most of the time.' George was big on that other stuff as far as appearance, which is why he was so high on Ray Perkins, who took command of everyone around him and was a born leader. I just don't think he saw that in Bill Belichick."
Little did Young know what Belichick's head coaching career would turn out to be in New England...