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This week at the office

Posted on: January 25, 2008 12:38 pm

Talk radio has nothing on us.

Inevitably me and my nearby cubicle cohorts will get into some sort of debate about sports, movies, tv or just life in general. We kindly refer to this in these here parts as "Dumb" talk, because, well, usually, someone says something dumb --- not me, of course.

It could also just be something that somebody doesn't agree with -- and that person is then called dumb for disagreeing with the person in question -- but the word dumb is thrown around here more than any other word. Yes, we're really mature around here.

Anyhow,  one of this week's hot topics at the office actually began with a dumb question: Will Tom Coughlin make the Hall of Fame if the Giants beat the Patriots?

(Yes, the person in question was immediately flogged).

Of course, Coughlin isn't going to make the HOF for winning one Super Bowl, but it led to a bigger question about which modern-day coaches will be deserving of HOF consideration.

Now, I'm a firm believer that great players make great coaches, not vice versa. Maybe I'll touch upon this more next week when I unveil the production team's Super Bowl picks, but I don't consider Belichick so much a genius as lucky bastard who stumbled upon Tom Brady.

But it makes no difference what I think about coaching, the majority of people glom on to the idea that coaches are as much of part of a team's success as the players, so they get glorified. My little blog ain't going to change that fact.

Anyhoo, with three Super Bowl victories under his belt and a long history of success as an assistant as well, Belichick is a lock.

Tony Dungy is a lock as well. Though he only has one Super Bowl victory -- it was historic. Dungy was the first black coach to win a Super Bowl, but he has been an overall success with only one losing season in 12 years as a head coach.

Then you got Bill Cowher and Mike Holmgren. Each has one Super Bowl victory and reached multiple SBs. If I could pick only one, I'd lean toward Holmgren.

In 16 years as head coach, he has had only one losing season, with a winning % of .613. Plus he managed to turn around the fortunes of what were basically flailing organization at the time he took over.

Cowher has a better winning % (.623), but three losing season in 15 years. If he indeed returns to coaching in 2009, I think the team with which he returns can make or break his legacy. The thing about the Steelers is that they have a great management structure from top to bottom and obviously gave him some talented players to work with. Will he be able to have the same kind of success elsewhere?

What to make of Mike Shanahan? Nixing his Raiders stint, he has a winning % of .625, but things were easy when he was winning two SBs with John Elway as his QB. Without John Elway? 1 playoff win in 9 seasons. (This, of course, feeds my argument that players make coaches).

JDD brought up Marty Schottenheimer. Ummm, no. Without even reaching a Super Bowl, he shouldn't even be a consideration.

The other hot topic stemmed from RD watching I Am Legend. Not at the movies, but on his home computer. The movie of course hasn't been released on DVD or whatnot as it's still in theaters, but some site on the WWW managed to land a copy and is sharing it with the rest of world. Good naturedly, we called RD a thief, and he in turn defended himself/rationalized the situation.

But it led to literally hours of conversation on the topic. It was compared to drug use, stealing a car and all other sorts of dumb stuff. It's the kind of thing that makes working here so interesting. I personally wouldn't do it because I hate to download stuff from the web in fear of virus and worms and such. Also I don't find watching movies on my computer all that fun.

Allrighty, that'll do it from me for now. Next week I'll give you the lowdown on our Super Bowl picks and probably go in depth about why I think head coaches are overrated.

Category: NFL
Tags: NFL, Super Bowl
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