It’s been four long years and my only daughter, daddy’s little girl is getting her Honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps on the Fourth Of July!
I will not be around next week for the obvious reason stated above.
Last week in my brief tribute to Chuck Noll after his passing I included the 11 coaches in the NFL with the most wins.
The list was pure winning stats, wins and losses in NFL games, regular season and playoffs along with championships.
Some of the comments inspired me to compile a list of my top five NFL coaches all time.
I invite you readers to compile your list in the comment section and maybe we can come up with a gabber list of our top five.
Base it on any stat or intangible you want, base it on gut feelings if that’s the way you roll.
I went through a pile of stats and determined that my criteria would be base on coaching at least 10 years or 150 games, .600 winning %, at least 2 championships. Coached since the merger in 1970.
yrs/ gms record plyoffs conf/ NFL chmps
1. Vince Lombardi 10- 136 96-34 .738 9-1 .900 2 2 (5)
2. Don Shula 33 - 490 328-156 .672 19-17.528 6 2
3. Bill Walsh 10- 152 92- 59 .609 10-4 .714 3 3
4. Bill Belichick 19- 304 199-105 .655 19-9 .679 5 3
5. Tom Landry 29- 418 250-162- .607 20-16 .556 5 2
5. Joe Gibbs 18- 248 154-94- .621 17- 7 .708 4 3
Lombardi is my number one. Vince could coach in today’s NFL. 5 Champions in 10 years is the benchmark of coaching success. He’s the only guy that could win a trophy with his name on it!
Shula coached for 33 years and over 500 games including playoffs. He has two SB rings in the six times he coached his team to the SB. A lot of his wins were with the great Dan Marino at QB. Skill and longevity gives him the OH number two ranking.
At number three I have Bill Walsh. He would be higher but with just 10 seasons and a third as many games coached as Shula I couldn’t put him higher. He has 3 SB’s and if he stayed he would have won al least another SB…but he didn’t and so he sits at #3. His QB’s, Montana and Young weren’t to shabby either.
At number four is Bill Belichick is one of the most loved/hated coaches in NFL history. Everyone outside of New England hates the Hoodie but would love him to coach their team. His record in New England in the salary cap era is amazing. The consistency of his team is without president. Five trips to the SB in 13 seasons, winning 3 in 4 years is the stuff legends are made of. Only 3 seasons not making the playoffs and those included his first season in NE where the Pats went 5-11. They missed the playoffs in ’02 by a divisional tiebreaker at 9-7 and miss the playoffs in’08 with Matt Cassel at QB and an 11-5 record. Bill has two SB rings as defensive coordinator of the Giants. He’s been known to take an edge if available. He has been accused of cheating by filming opposing defensive coaches hand signals and he once physically challenged a replacement official on a call of a FG attempt to end a game in Baltimore. This loving guy has excelled, averaging over 10 wins a season. And, with just a little help from Giselle’s hubby Tommy Brady. Some have called Brady a “system QB” and if he is than Belichick should be number one because of the system…I give more credit to Brady.
Tied at five are Tom Landry and Joe Gibbs. Landry’s longevity keeps him here and Gibbs successes and winning pct keep him here.
the OH top 5 (6) have 25 conference Champions and 18 SB or League Champions. At the top of a select group of Head Coaches, these are the best of the best.
Please give your list and the reasons for it in the comment section
My Baseball thought for the day:
Advice from Crash Davis to Nuke La Loushe: Your shower shoes have fungus on them. You'll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes. Think classy, you'll be classy. If you win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back and the press'll think you're colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, however, it means you are a slob.
My Football thought for the day : Police officer: Why'd you drive her car into the bay?
Paul Crewe (Bert Reynolds) I couldn’t find the car wash
My Hockey thought for the day :
Dunlop: Oh you cheap son of a bitch. Are you crazy? Those guys are idiots!
McGrath: I got a good deal on those Hanson boys. The scouts said they showed a lot of promise.
Dunlop: They brought their fuckin' TOYS with 'em!
McGrath: Well, I'd rather have em playin with their toys than playin with themselves
Dunlop: They're too dumb to play with themselves. Boy, every piece of garbage that comes into the market and you gotta buy it!
My Basketball thought for the day: Si Robertson says “Ain't no rules says a dog can't play basketball.”
My Fuhball thought for the day:
“It'd be a great weekend for the city, just think about uh the uh game at uh Foxboro Stadium. Tebow is you know doing those phenomenons with the fuhball right now uh, most favorite ah player that I saw ready recently, but we have Tom Brady, who's true and this as a veteran's um technique of how to get through these difficult games.”
My other sports related thought that has stirred the pot of controversy lately
Daniel Snyder has my support
Have a great Independence Day Holiday and never forget that the Freedom we enjoy in this great nation is the result of brave men and women giving their lives. To give them their due just imagine for a minute…would you take the chance of taking a bullet for my freedom to be preserved? They pondered that choice and chose the ultimate sacrifice one human could give another.