Oct. 14, 1998

Bill Parcells was never known for doling out undue praise. Then again, slathering any given week’s foe with lots of kind words isn’t actually foreign territory for football coaches.

Therefore, take this for whatever it may have been worth. But as his New York Jets prepared to face the Pats on Monday Night Football at Foxboro Stadium, Parcells was more than generous in his assessment of coach Pete Carroll’s club.

Watching the Patriots torch Kansas City, 40-10 (he said he watched the film twice), Parcells proclaimed that New England was playing as well as any team in the NFL. Also, the Jets were still smarting from a 30-10 drubbing by St. Louis left them at 2-3, Carroll’s Pats were 4-1.

There was, of course, quite a backstory to it all. Parcells made it known during the Pats’ march to Super Bowl 31 that he’d be out the door immediately afterwards.

You may recall Parecells’ little rant about making the meal but not being allowed to buy the groceries.

Just to spice things up before the 1998 season, Parcells lured Patriots running back Curtis Martin to the Jets.

So which team’s grudge won out that Monday night? The Jets won, 24-10.

The Jets went on to finish 12-4, winning the AFC East, eventually losing to Denver in the AFC Championship game.

The Patriots finished 9-7 and lost at Jacksonville in the first round of the playoffs.