Super Bowl cred doesn't mean as much in today's NFL coaching market

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Brian Billick has a handful of conversations with NFL teams every January about returning to head coaching, fielding calls that range from feelers to legitimate inquiries.
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Times are changing

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and owners are wising up to the fact that it is not the "genious of the system" a coach brings to the team....it's the quality of the players to play the game. Bill Walsh had Montana and Rice, Belichek (who failed miserably in Cleveland) has Brady, Billick had the best defense ever.

Coaches draw up the X's and O's, but the players are the ones who have to execute. No coach is worth $8M.
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Times are changing wrote:
and owners are wising up to the fact that it is not the "genious of the system" a coach brings to the team....it's the quality of the players to play the game. Bill Walsh had Montana and Rice, Belichek (who failed miserably in Cleveland) has Brady, Billick had the best defense ever.
Coaches draw up the X's and O's, but the players are the ones who have to execute. No coach is worth $8M.
Hit the nail on the head but add this one to it to.........FREE AGENCY.
Talk to the old Vikings players and ask them what was the main reason they were so good year in and out during those four superbowl run.......?

All the players grew and play together with no free agency and that made Bud grant's life a little easier. Nowadays the coaches are smart to choose a team with great players so they will avoid a one and done even if they were once a great superbowl winning coach it does not matter anymore.

Imagine today's Vikings without free agency especially how well they have drafted through the years and how each players would be forced to play for one team and especially live in one state ending their career as a Minnesota resident.......
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pretty pathetic that coaches can win super bowls and then get fired after one bad season.
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...all the players grew...
I Saw I Congquered

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tampon gay wrote:
...all the players grew...
When they saw those cladly dressed sideline playboy so called reporters!
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I never got all the hype on Cowher and Gruden, anyway.

For years, Cowher's Steelers teams had a good running game, a good defense, and a starting QB (K Stewart) that drove all the fans nuts, but that Cowher seemed really stuck on.

Sounds like Childress to me.

And Gruden? Sure he won a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay... with Dungy's roster from just one year earlier. He then proceeded to run the team into the ground with several losing seasons.

No thanks on Gruden, either. I think he's excellent on Monday Night Football, and I'd rather he stay put for a while.
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Whatever wrote:
I never got all the hype on Cowher and Gruden, anyway.
For years, Cowher's Steelers teams had a good running game, a good defense, and a starting QB (K Stewart) that drove all the fans nuts, but that Cowher seemed really stuck on.
Sounds like Childress to me.
And Gruden? Sure he won a Super Bowl in Tampa Bay... with Dungy's roster from just one year earlier. He then proceeded to run the team into the ground with several losing seasons.
No thanks on Gruden, either. I think he's excellent on Monday Night Football, and I'd rather he stay put for a while.
What,s really funny is all the idiots clamoring for Dungy, a guy who through most his career has done very little in the postseason. heck like you said they had to bring in a real coach to win the Super Bowl in Tampa Bay, and in Indy he consistently got outcoached in the postseason, look how many seasons Indy had the best teams during the season.
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done very little in the postseason...consistently got outcoached in the postseason....leave the Vikings out of this
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done very little in the postseason...consistently got outcoached in the postseason....leave the Vikings out of this
agree, lets concentrate on the Super Bowl Champs Pittsburgh Steelers
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Safe to say all of the Vikings will be concentrating on the the Super Bowl...watching it on TV AGAIN.
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Vikingsux wrote:
done very little in the postseason...consistently got outcoached in the postseason....leave the Vikings out of this
Thanks, everyone knows they suck already.
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dexx wrote:
pretty pathetic that coaches can win super bowls and then get fired after one bad season.
We will never have to worry about this in Minnesota. No Super Bowl will ever be reached with Leslie Frazier. He will follow suit and have to leave to win one like the other ex defensive coordinators were smart enough to do.

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