New York Jets: Hall of Fame

Parcells' best came with Jets

July, 17, 2013
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Bill Parcells won two Super Bowls and an AFC championship in his legendary career, but he believes his best coaching performance occurred in an 8-8 season -- 1999, his final year as the Jets' coach.

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Mike Albans/NY Daily News Archive/Getty ImagesBill Parcells coached the Jets for three seasons (1997-99).
The Jets, who entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations, lost QB Vinny Testaverde in the opener and began 1-6, looking utterly hopeless. Somehow, behind a neophyte named Ray Lucas, they rallied and nearly made the playoffs.

"That was one of my better coaching jobs," Parcells said Wednesday on a national conference call to discuss his upcoming Hall of Fame induction. "Holding that team together to accomplish that, I think probably was one of the better things. That wasn't any monumental success or anything, 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."

It was a masterful job by Parcells. Unfortunately, he "retired" the day after the season, moving into a GM-type role for a season as Al Groh coached the team.

Parcells suspects he'll get emotional during his Hall of Fame weekend, Aug. 2-4, saying he never thought about the possibility of making it to Canton until about 10 years ago. His presenter is ex-Giant George Martin, and Parcells expects many of his former coaches and players to be there. (He isn't sure if Lawrence Taylor will attend.)

Parcells spent four years with the Jets, including three as the coach, but there's no doubt he bleeds blue, as his greatest success occurred with the Giants. He said his fondest memory is the 1990 NFC Championship Game, when they stunned the two-time defending champion 49ers on the road.

"There were so many great players playing in that game," he said. "That's what makes it memorable. As a matter of fact, the referee, Jerry Markbreit, told me of all games he ever officiated, that was the greatest he ever officiated. That kind of stuck with me, that an official would feel that way as well."

Joe Namath: Don't blame Mark Sanchez

December, 19, 2012
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You can't have a New York Jets quarterback controversy without getting the opinion of Joe Namath. The outspoken Hall of Fame quarterback had some interesting opinions on his former team, which made a quarterback switch this week to third-stringer Greg McElroy.

Namath told ESPN's "Mike & Mike" radio show that he feels sorry for former starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. In Namath's opinion, Sanchez was never given a chance to succeed this year.

"Well, I know he's gotten a bad shake," Namath explained. "I don't think he's had the right kind of coaching. I don’t think he's had the right kind of help offensively. It is a team game. I know Mark's looked really bad these last several games and has played poorly. But I do believe he's not as bad a quarterback as he's made out to be or as he's played these last few games."

Namath went on to say that Sanchez "deserves better at this stage." Most of the national criticism has been on Sanchez for committing five turnovers in Monday's loss to the Tennessee Titans. But Namath is one of the few coming to Sanchez's defense.

Namath still believes Sanchez is a viable starting NFL quarterback. Namath just doesn't think the Jets are a viable NFL franchise.

"I think he's going to be around for a long time," Namath said. "I hope for his sake it's not with the Jets."

Brandon going to Canton to see Curtis

August, 2, 2012
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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Veteran RG Brandon Moore will skip Saturday night's intrasquad scrimmage to attend Curtis Martin's Hall-of-Fame induction in Canton.

Moore was a first-year starter in 2004, the year Martin won the NFL rushing title at the age of 31 -- the oldest player to accomplish that milestone.

"That was a big year for him and I was part of a good offensive line that helped him get that rushing title at a time when people were claiming he was old and lost a step," Moore said Thursday. "I look back on that team with fond memories. When somebody asks you to come to the Hall of Fame, I think you go."

Several members of the organization will be in Canton, including owner Woody Johnson, GM Mike Tannenbaum and senior personnel executive Terry Bradway. Many former Martin teammates from the Jets and Patriots also are expected to be there.

In case you're wondering, here is the 2004 starting lineup on offense:

QB -- Chad Pennington
RB -- Martin, Gerald Sowell
WR -- Santana Moss, Justin McCareins
TE -- Anthony Becht
OL -- Jason Fabini, Pete Kendall, Kevin Mawae, Moore, Kareem McKenzie

Video: Will Darrelle Revis be better than Primetime?

August, 5, 2011
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Bob Glauber and Skip Bayless debate on First Take whether or not they believe Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will be better than Deion Sanders when his career ends.

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