BOSTON (CBS) – It may be a typical Wednesday afternoon, but that didn’t stop Marc “The Beetle” Bertrand from coming in with a scorching hot sports take. Bertrand believes that despite the common belief that Parcells resurrected the Patriots organization, there is no place from him in New England’s Hall of Fame.
Parcells is one of three finalists for a spot in Foxboro’s Hall this year, along with fan-favorite Ty Law, and three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Raymond Clayborn. Bertrand said that Law would be his pick, but both former players deserve to be in before the former coach.
“I don’t think he should get in at all, to be honest with you, because I think you want your team Hall of Fame to really mean something.”
He went on to cite the Red Sox Hall of Fame as a saturated exhibit that doesn’t mean anything, and said that he’d want the Patriots’ Hall to be more like the San Francisco 49ers’, where there are NFL hall of famers that still haven’t made the cut.
“I’m not letting Parcells in. I’m letting one (coach) in, and that’s Bill Belichick.” He went on to argue that Parcells’ work in New England is overrated because he was here at the right time. He acknowledged that Parcells turned the team around, but sees that as a result of timing more than anything else.
He then went on to point out that he was a .500 coach in New England. Parcells was 32-32 in the regular season, and 2-2 in the playoffs. Bertrand also feels that fans let him off the hook for the way he behaved prior to the 1997 Super Bowl, where in the time leading up to the game he was, “Basically interviewing for other jobs.”
Mazz disagreed, saying that the landscape of the franchise changed the moment he stepped foot in Foxboro and pointed out that, “Sometimes it’s about more than wins and losses.”
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