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The Legacies of Bill Walsh and Bill Parcells Continue to Dominate Today

Bill Parcells has not coached since 2006. Bill Walsh has not coached since 1994. Since 1981, Walsh, Parcells or their assistants have won 28 of 38 Superbowls, including 18 of the last 19.

Bill Walsh’s offense vs. Bill Parcells defense was the storyline of the NFL in the 1980s. Parcells’ use of Lawrence Taylor and the pass rush was countered by Bill Walsh’s west coast offense and the increased importance of the Left Tackle. The two combined for 5 Superbowl wins in a 10 year period, with teams filled with future Hall of Famers. Their legacies are felt, almost 40 years later as every single NFL coach in 2019, can be traced back to either Walsh or Parcells- some to both.

Arizona Cardinals- Kliff Klingsbury – played for Herm Edwards (Jets 2005), Edwards assistant coach to Tony Dungy (Bucs 1996-2000), Dungy DC to Dennis Green (Vikings 1992-1995), Green WR coach to Bill Wallsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Atlanta Falcons- Dan Quinn- Defensive Quality Control for Steve Mariucci (49ers 2001-2002), Mariucci QB coach to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1995), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Baltimore Ravens- John Harbaugh- Special teams/DB coach to Andy Reid (Eagles 1999-2007), Reid Offensive assistant to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1998), 
Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Buffalo Bills– Sean McDemott- Scouting administrative coordinator to Andy Reid (Eagles 1999-2000), Reid Offensive assistant to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1998), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Carolina Panthers- Ron Rivera- LB coach to Andy Reid (Eagles 1999-2003), Reid Offensive assistant to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1998), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Chicago Bears– Matt Nagy- QB Coach/OC to Andy Reid (Chiefs 2013-2017), Reid Offensive assistant to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1998), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Cincinnati Bengals– Zac Taylor – WR/QB coach to Sean McVay (Rams 2017-2018), McVay WR coach to Jon Gruden (Bucs 2008), Gruden Offensive assistant/WR coach to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1994), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Cleveland Browns- Freddie Kitchens- TE coach to Bill Parcells (Cowboys 2006)

Dallas Cowboys- Jason Garrett- QB coach to Nick Saban (Dolphins 2005-2006), Saban DC to Bill Belichick (Browns 1991-1994), Belichick LB/DC to Bill Parcells (Giants 1980-1990)

Denver Broncos – Vic Fangio-  DC to John Fox (Panthers 1995-1998), Fox DC to Jim Fassel (1997-2001), Fassel QB coach to Bill Parcells (Giants 1990)

Detroit Lions- Matt Patricia- assistant coach/DC to Bill Belichick (Patriots 2004-2017), Belichick LB/DC to Bill Parcells (Giants 1980-1990)

Green Bay Packers– Matt LaFleur- OC to Sean McVay (Rams 2017), McVay WR coach to Jon Gruden (Bucs 2008), Gruden Offensive assistant/WR coach to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1994), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Houston Texans – Bill O’Brien- WR/QB/OC to Bill Belichick (Patriots 2007-2011), Belichick LB/DC to Bill Parcells (Giants 1980-1990)

Indianapolis Colts- Frank Reich- Offensive assistant to Tony Dungy (Colts 2008), Dungy DC to Dennis Green (Vikings 1992-1995), Green WR coach to Bill Wallsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Jacksonville Jaguars- Doug Marrone- OC to Sean Payton (Saints 2006-2008), Payton AHC/QB to Bill Parcells (Cowboys 2003-2005)

Kansas City Chiefs- Andy Reid- Offensive assistant to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1998), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Los Angeles Chargers- Anthony Lynn- RB coach to Bill Parcells (Cowboys 2003-2006)

Los Angeles Rams- Sean McVay- McVay WR coach to Jon Gruden (Bucs 2008), Gruden Offensive assistant/WR coach to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1994), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Miami Dolphins- Brian Flores- Scout/Special Teams/S/LB coach to Bill Belichick (Patriots 2004-2018), Belichick LB/DC to Bill Parcells (Giants 1980-1990)

Minnesota Vikings- Mike Zimmer- DC to Bill Parcells (Cowboys 2003-2006)

New England Patriots- Bill Belichick- LB/DC to Bill Parcells (Giants 1980-1990)

New Orleans Saints- Sean Payton- AHC/QB to Bill Parcells (Cowboys 2003-2005)

New York Giants- Pat Shurmer- TE/OL/QB coach to Andy Reid (Eagles 1999-2008), Reid Offensive assistant to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1998), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

New York Jets- Adam Gase- Offensive assistant to Steve Mariucci (Lions 2003-2005), Mariucci QB coach to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1995), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Oakland Raiders- Jon Gruden- Offensive assistant/WR coach to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1994), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Philadelphia Eagles- Doug Pederson- OC to Andy Reid (Chiefs 2013-2015), Reid Offensive assistant to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1998), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Pittsburgh Steelers- Mike Tomlin- DB coach to Jon Gruden (Bucs 2002-2005), Gruden Offensive assistant/WR coach to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1994), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

San Francisco 49ers- Kyle Shanahan- Offensive assistant to Jon Gruden (2004-2005), Gruden Offensive assistant/WR coach to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1994), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Seattle Seahawks- Pete Carroll- DC to George Seifert (49ers 1995-1996), Seifert DB/DC to Bill Walsh (49ers 1980-1988)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Bruce Arians- OC to Mike Tomlin (Steelers 2007-2011), Tomlin DB coach to Jon Gruden (Bucs 2002-2005), Gruden Offensive assistant/WR coach to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1994), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Tennessee Titans- Mike Vrabel- LB/DC to Bill O’Brien (Texans 2014-2017), O’Brien WR/QB/OC to Bill Belichick (Patriots 2007-2011), Belichick LB/DC to Bill Parcells (Giants 1980-1990)

Washington Redskins- Jay Gruden- Offensive assistant to Jon Gruden (Bucs 2002-2008), Gruden Offensive assistant/WR coach to Mike Holmgren (Packers 1992-1994), Holmgren QB coach to Bill Walsh (49ers 1986-1988)

Sources: https://www.pro-football-reference.com/ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001009347/article/even-nfls-newest-coaches-branch-from-parcells-walsh-trees https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/sports/nfl-coaching-trees-connecting-every-active-coach/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4cd3e0053003



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