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What to look for in upcoming 'The Two Bills' ESPN 30-for-30 documentary with Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells

Ryan Hannable
January 23, 2018 - 1:36 pm

ESPN will air "The Two Bills," a 30-for-30 documentary featuring Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells on Feb. 1 at 9 p.m.

“To say that Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells have strong personalities would be a huge understatement,” director Ken Rodgers said in a press release. “When we set out to make this film, our number one goal was to find out how these two strong-willed coaches, with such determined individual viewpoints, could work together for as long as they did. But by the time we were done, we couldn’t imagine them not working together for all those years. Their histories and philosophies are more intertwined than we could have imagined. We’re thrilled they chose to share that history with all of us.”

WEEI.com was given a sneak peek and here are some takeaways without spoiling the entire thing. It will be well worth the time when it airs.

-- The 1984 season was a crossroads in Belichick's career, as he considered leaving the Giants for the Vikings. Belichick was the linebackers and special teams coach in New York at the time and Parcells even gave him approval of interviewing there, but in the end he stayed.

-- Robert Kraft said the Patriots went over budget to hire Belichick as assistant head coach in 1996.

-- In 2000 when Kraft faxed a letter to the Jets requesting to interview Belichick, Parcells immediately called a meeting telling his coaches that he was re-signing. This was done with the hope Belichick would stay with the Jets and take over as head coach, but of course that didn't happen.

-- The story of how Belichick and Parcells worked out their differences was told.

-- The documentary was supposed to end with the two of them going into the Jets locker room at Giants Stadium, but the two didn't want to as they wanted it to end on a high note.

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