In a conference call conceived to discuss his Hall of Fame induction next month, Parcells cited his final season coaching the Jets as one of best and his most difficult.
"That wasn't any monumental success or anything," he said of his time with the 1999 Jets. "But I think most coaches will tell you, when you start 1-6, it's tough to maintain the things you need to be successful."
Coming off a 12-4, division-winning season that ended in the AFC Championship game, the 1999 Jets seemed capable of reaching the Super Bowl. Vinny Testaverde, who maintained the highest quarterback rating of his career the previous year, ruptured his Achilles tendon in the opening game. The Jets won just once before their bye in week eight. Parcells helped rally the team to a 7-2 finish and nearly a playoff berth.
In three season as the Jets head coach, Parcells compiled 29-19 record. After the 1999 season, he remained with the Jets for another year as General Manager.
Parcells will be the only coach enshrined in Canton next month, alongside six former players.
Jason is an intern at SNY.tv this summer.