Bill Parcells defeated fellow Corridor of Famer Bill Walsh in their third and ultimate playoff conflict, however not earlier than the previous Giants coach accused the 49ers coach of dishonest in their earlier postseason assembly, in accordance to a book to be launched subsequent week.
In “Guts and Genius: The Story of Three Unlikely Coaches Who Got here to Dominate the NFL in the 1980s,” by Newsday columnist Bob Glauber, Parcells approached Walsh earlier than their divisional-round sport on Jan. four, 1987, and instructed him he knew the 49ers sabotaged their very own employees’s headsets during San Francisco’s first sequence of the Giants’ 17-Three victory the earlier 12 months. NFL guidelines mandate that the opposing workforce should shut off its headsets in these conditions till the coaches’ tools is performing on the opposite sideline. Walsh was identified to script his performs for his first offensive sequence; San Francisco’s headsets have been working once more earlier than the second sequence.
“Bill,” Parcells instructed Walsh during warmups, “in case you pull the identical s— you pulled final 12 months, I am going to expose you. I am going to the league with it.”
In accordance to the book, Walsh responded with a smile and a wink. “It is just a bit gamesmanship,” Walsh instructed Parcells.
The Giants routed San Francisco, 49-Three, that day in Giants Stadium on their means to Parcells’ first of two Tremendous Bowl victories.
“It was actually the beginning of mutual respect from each of us,” Parcells stated of Walsh. “He knew I did not say something [about the headsets], and I knew he was f—ing with me, and he knew I understood it.”
Walsh stated afterward, “They performed an ideal sport. We have been shattered by an important workforce. I consider they are going to go all the way in which.”
The book experiences that 30 of the final 37 Tremendous Bowls (together with 17 of the final 18) have been won by Walsh, Parcells, and fellow Corridor of Famer Joe Gibbs (the third coach featured), or by former assistants from the Walsh and Parcells teaching bushes.