The Jets told us that Bill Parcells wasn’t going to be their new coach. Noooo. He was just going to be a “consultant,” is all. Bill Belichick would be the new head coach. Got that?
To prove their point, the Jets assembled the media at Weeb Ewbank Hall in Hempstead, N.Y., in order to hold a phony-baloney press conference that is best remembered for the Big Tuna’s appearance via speaker phone. The idea was to, you know, prove that Belichick really was going to be the coach, and that Parcells, by virtue of his limited participation via speaker phone, really was going to be a consultant.
Everybody in the sports world was laughing at the Jets that day in February of 1997.