You guys want to know who the new coach will be. Me too. Instead of just throwing names out there, I like to really look at stuff like this from a variety of angles. I was thinking about coaches this morning and an interesting revelation came to me.
Since 2000 (post Andy Reid being hired), think about the Super Bowl winners:
2000 – Brian Billick
2001 – Bill Belichick
2002 – Jon Gruden
2003 – Belichick
2004 – Belichick
2005 – Bill Cowher
2006 – Tony Dungy
2007 – Tom Coughlin
2008 – Mike Tomlin
2009 – Sean Payton
2010 – Mike McCarthy
2011 – Tom Coughlin
What are some common threads? Bill Parcells. Tony Dungy.
Belichick coached under Parcells for years. Coughlin was an assistant with him in the Giants days. Payton worked for Tuna in Dallas. Those guys have won 6 of the last 12 Super Bowls.
Gruden won the SB with a team put together and developed by Dungy. Tony won the big game himself in 2006. Tomlin spent a year working for Dungy in Tampa. That’s another 3 Super Bowls from the period.
If you look at SB losers, Belichick has a couple of recent defeats. Dungy’s disciples have 3 in recent years (Tomlin, Jim Caldwell, and Lovie Smith).
With this in mind…should the Eagles possibly focus on finding a coach who served under Parcells or Dungy? You can certainly make the case. The guy who jumps to mind is Mike Zimmer, who coached the defense for Parcells in Dallas.
As for a Dungy disciple…I’ll need to do my research and see what name looks good. There isn’t one guy that clearly comes to mind.
I do know that these coaches have had proteges that didn’t work out. Tony Sparano in Miami is the most recent example.
There are no guarantees when you look for patterns that following them will lead to the same results. Still, it is something worth noting and factoring in as you try to make the best decision.
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Odd notes of interest:
Marty Schottenheimer links to a couple of coaches. McCarthy worked for him in KC. So did Dungy.
The Steelers have ties to several guys. Cowher, Tomlin are obvious. Dungy coached and played for the Steelers. Ken Whisenhunt, who lost to Tomlin in 2008, had been an assistant under Cowher in Pittsburgh.
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Please keep in mind that this is just one angle. Over the next month we’ll cover other angles such as age, experience, background, systems, and things like that. I just found it fascinating to see what an impact Dungy and Parcells had on the last 12 years.