Re: THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THE PATS OF 2013
posted at 12/15/2013 8:19 AM EST
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
Walsh was 8-24 until Montana came along. Landry was 4-20 until Meredith came along, then followed with Staubach. Shula had Unitas, Greise and Marino. Unitas was great before Shula even started coaching, and Ewbank did nothing with the jets until Namath came along. Paul Brown was a dud once Jim Brown and Graham were out of his world.
The great players make the great coaches.
Belichick also happens to be the GM.
Even coaches alone have a huge say in who their team drafts and what their team needs are. No pro scout has ever won a game on Sunday.
Bill Walsh took over the 49ers, went 2-14, 6-10 then 13-3. Joe Montana was on all three of those teams and started most of those games.
Don Meredith was on and started on all those losing Cowboy's teams that you've convienantly overlooked including Landry's inaugural winless 0-11 team.
Otto Graham retired in 1955, Paul Brown's last team in 1975 went 11-3.
No coach or GM no matter how good can polish a turd into a champion in a single season, not a single one. Taking the rebuilding years of any coach as a sample size is completely misleading.
Football starts with the football minds at the top, the coaches. Great coaches find great players and create an atmosphere for them to thrive, not the opposite.
Great QB's go to cruddy programs all the time and wash out, David Carr, Jeff George, Ryan Leaf... the list is endless.
Don Shula was a great coach, had the greatest QB of all time statistically and never won a ring... you need a great team, a single player no matter how great is not enough, QB's are necessary but still overrated, you can win a ring with a boring average game manager like Trent Dilfer if you are a great coach and have a well rounded team. Joe Gibbs proved this multiple times.