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Michael Holley has a very interesting look at Parcells and Belichick this morning. Remember, Holley spent the better part of a year on the “inside” with the Patriots, so he’s likely to have some stuff that others aren’t. The point of his article is that there are many paths to success. These two have different ways of getting there, different ways of operating. A few tidbits:

At one point during training camp 2001, Belichick became so determined to speak with the childish Glenn that he told a team employee to intentionally block his car in the players' parking lot. That way, he would be certain to speak with the elusive wide receiver before he left Smithfield, R.I.

On the week leading up to the Patriots/Packers SuperBowl, Holley says:

At one point during the planning for Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans in 1997, Parcells's phone calls to Hempstead, N.Y., approached the high 50s. Hempstead is the administrative home of the New York Jets, the team Parcells took over shortly after the Patriots lost to the Packers.

In the end, both coaches have been successful on the biggest stage. They have different ideas and techniques.

These championship coaches were always different personally, which doesn't surprise most people. But their professional differences are probably more pronounced now than they were then...

...Belichick likes his defenses to have multiple looks, and would prefer a simplified offense. Parcells is the opposite.

Probably the most revealing piece of information in that piece was that Parcells never was, isn’t now, and never will be Belichick’s “mentor”. The Bill vs. Bill hype is really getting into full swing now. Both Bills have struck a respectful tone towards each other, as evidenced by Parcell’s conference call with the reporters yesterday. Michael Felger and Mike Reiss rehash what Parcells had to say and show why the spotlight will always love him. In contrast, Belichick’s press conference was much more about the game, though it was inevitable that Parcells’ name would come up. Glen Farley takes an extensive look at relationship of the two Bills and why this matchup is so important. Alan Greenberg has more on Parcells, and looks at his relationship with his son-in-law, Scott Pioli. Jim Donaldson says the two Bills try to not make this all about themselves, but it really is. Michael Parente looks at their mutual respect for one another. Bill Reynolds revisits the NJ roots of Parcells. Dan Pires looks at the effort to tone down all the Bill talk.

As for the actual game, Michael Smith says the Patriots will just need to be in attach mode on offense against the Cowboys. Tom Curran looks at Tom Brady’s ability to foil the opposing blitz by making quick decisions. Karen Guregian says Brady has never even met Parcells, so the coach won’t be in his head. Unlike a former Patriots QB. Christopher Price looks at how the Cowboys have put the D back into the Big D. Eric McHugh looks at the Patriots youth movement paying huge dividends. Smith has a one-on-one with Eugene Wilson for the Globe SportsPlus. Greenberg’s notebook looks at no conference call for Terry Glenn. Parente’s notebook says that Mike Compton wants to return to the Patriots. Smith’s notebook has Parcells commenting on Belichick. Felger’s notebook says the Patriots did have interest in Kevin Johnson. Curran’s notebook says defeats still make Parcells want to throw up in his mouth.

Michael Silverman, Steven Krasner and Gordon Edes report on the Sox interviewing Angels Bench coach Joe Madden. In that same article, Edes says that Curt Schilling would veto a trade to the Red Sox, but would like to play for the Yankees or Phillies. (Info also appears in Silverman’s notebook.) Over the weekend, Peter Gammons had said Schilling would rather play in Boston instead of for New York. Tony Massarotti looks at the Sox interest in free agent closer Keith Foulke. Stan Grossfeld looks at the tragic end to the life of former Sox prospect Dernell Stenson. Silverman’s notebook observes the quiet at the GM meetings.

George Steinbrenner is furious that two writers, including Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette left Hideki Matsui off their rookie of the year ballot. Jack O’Connell of the Courant, who conducts the balloting, weighs in on the matter. Somehow George wasn’t this upset when one of his NY press minions left Pedro off the MVP balloting in 1999. Different issue? Not really. Very similar in fact.

Steve Conroy looks at the Bruins prospects on defense. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at the play of the fourth line. Conroy’s notebook looks at penalty killing.