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The Ideal NFL IQ
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March 01, 2011, 05:36 PM
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From a 1998 Sports Illustrated article about veteran NFL coach Bill Parcells:
Another thing about a Parcells player: He can`t be too dumb or too smart. Dumb players make dumb plays, and Parcells has no tolerance for those. But smart players question his motivational gimmicks and techniques, and Parcells doesn`t brook too much questioning. "Bill treats players as if they`ve got an IQ of about 95," says one observer who has watched Parcells up close but who doesn`t want to be identified in any other way. "You can`t have a 70 IQ, and you can`t have a 120. Of course, there are smart guys who figure it out and go the blue-collar, don`t-question-me route, like [QB Phil] Simms." [QB Jeff] Hostetler, who is known as a smart guy, says, "I`d say that`s an accurate perception."