Go Back   Sports Central Message Boards > Professional Sports Discussion > National Football League

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-13-2004, 03:17 PM   #1
Rookie Player
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 2
deanchristopher is on a distinguished road
Default Super Bills

What’s in a name? Just ask Bill. From 1961 to 1978, five men named Bill coached seventeen seasons for six NFL franchises. During that time, Bills Johnson, Peterson, Arnsparger, Austin and McPeak brought shame to their coaching name, amassing a combined record of 64-143, or an embarrassing 31% winning clip. To make matters worse, no team coached by a Bill made the playoffs, and only two of those teams had winning records.

Then it happened. In 1978, Cincinnati fired Bill Johnson after the Bengals began the year 0-5. That off-season in 1979, Eddie DeBartolo hired Stanford coach Bill Walsh to take over his struggling 49er franchise. In less than a year, the luck of the Bills had changed, seemingly forever.

No coach named Bill has failed to reach the Super Bowl at some point in his career since 1979. The Super Bills include Walsh, Parcells, Cowher, Billick, Belichick and Callahan. Over the past twenty-four seasons, this elite coaching conglomerate has run up staggering regular and post-season records of 492-360-3 (a 66% winning clip) and 43-22 (also a 66% winning clip), respectively. And that's not even the good part.

A quick rundown of their Super Bowl performances follows in order of historical billing, naturally:

Bill Walsh
XXIII/1989 (W)49ers 20, Bengals 16
XIX/1985 (W)49ers 39, Miami 16
XVI/1982 (W)49ers 26, Bengals 21

Bill Parcells
*XXXI/1997 (L)Packers 35, Patriots 21
XXV/1991 (W)Giants 20, Bills 19
XXI/1987 (W)Giants 39, Broncos 20

Bill Cowher
XXX/1996 (L)Cowboys 27, Steelers 17

Brian Billick
XXV/2001 (W)Ravens 38, Giants 7

Bill Belichick
XXXVIII/2004 (W)Patriots 32, Panthers 29
*XXXVI/2002 (W)Patriots 20, Rams 17

Bill Callahan
XXXVII/2003 (L)Bucs 48, Raiders 21

>Buffalo Bills
XXVIII/1994 (L)Cowboys 30, Bills 13
XXVII/1993 (L)Cowboys 52, Bills 17
XXVI/1992 (L)Redskins 37, Bills 24
XXV/1991 (L)Giants 20, Bills 19

*Denotes Bill vs. Mike match-up.
~Denotes Bill vs. Bills confrontation.
>Denotes embarrassing professional football franchise.

An even closer look reveals that since Super Bowl XI in 1982, the Super Bills have appeared in ten NFL title games, good for a 43% appearance rate. Amazingly, they have won eight of their ten Super Bowl appearances, or 80% of the time. Even more amazingly, a coach named Bill has won the Super Bowl more than once in every three years, or 35% of the time, over the past two decades and change.

Who could forget how the Bills of Buffalo, led by 2nd-string wide receiver and spiritual leader Bill Brooks, reached four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 90's? Bills have appeared prominently in the Super Bowl as either a team or a head coach in thirteen of the past twenty-three NFL title games, good for a 57% appearance rate. And there is some overlapping - Bill Parcells, with the aide of defensive guru Bill Belichick, miraculously bested his pluralist opposition in Super Bowl XXV. Many traumatized Buffalo fans blame Parcells himself as the root of the Bills' demise.

These eerie “coincidences” would even make the Super Bills themselves raise an eyebrow. Somehow though, it gets even weirder. Over the same twenty-four-year period, Mikes Ditka, Holmgren, Shanahan and Martz have appeared in a not too shabby six Super Bowls, with four wins to speak of.

Adding to the confusion, Mike Holmgren’s Pack killed Bill Parcells' Pats in Super Bowl XXXI. The Mikes held the early lead in the head-to-head series, but the Bills were not to be denied. Five years later in Super Bowl XXXVI, Bill Belichick's Patriots avenged their coach's name by battering Mike Martz's Rams.

The mind-boggling doesn’t stop there. While Mike Shanahan faced off against Mike Holmgren in Super Bowl XXXII, a Super Bill has never faced a member of his coaching fraternity in the season finale. However, Bill Parcells’ Super Bowl victory over the Buffalo Bills must be recognized in a separate, more elusive category.

The aforementioned facts add up to much more than a coincidence. In fact, recent history argues that a Super Bowl bid awaits every man named Bill lucky enough to lead an NFL team. So what exactly is in a name? Perhaps the Super Bowl would be more aptly named the “Super Bill.” And just as every dollar bill bears the inscription “In God We Trust,” for the love of God if not the almighty dollar, it must be noted that “In Bill We Trust.”
deanchristopher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2004, 02:53 AM   #2
Anthony's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 8,377
Anthony is on a distinguished road

Now I'll have to go look at which teams have assistant coaches named Bill; maybe one of them will be hired as a head coach next year and this cycle will perpetuate itself!
Anthony is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:51 AM.