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Old 04-24-2007, 01:42 AM    (permalink
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Default Coaching or Talent?

Which is the most important thing in football? Having a talented team, or having a good coach?
I'm writing this, thinking about Marty Schottenheimer's situation last year. He had amazing talent, his team dominated the regular season, but in the playoffs they lost like every year during the Scottenhimer's reign. But was this time is fault? If Marlon McCree wouldn't made that stupid play, the Chargers could have won the Super Bowl, and now we could talk about Marty, the great HC who finally won a super bowl.
And again, Sean Payton was the coach of the year. But what would have the Saints done without Drew Brees?
Bill Bellichick was considered a mediocre coach before the coming of Brady. Is Tony Dungy the reason why the Colts have been so successfull or is Manning? Last year, Dungy's defense sucked for all year long, it was is offense - which, imo, lives and dies with Peyton - that carry the team to a 12-4 record.
Bears defense has been so good because of Rivera or because they had the right players in almost every position? Should we expect a down season for them because Rivera is gone, or they will still be amazing because of Harris, Ogunleye, Brown, Anderson, Urlacher, Vasher and so on?
The Cowboys under Parcells weren't able to win a playoff game. But if Romo hasn't fumble that snap who knows how many other games the Cowboys could have won?
So do you think that great success is more determined by coaching or overall talent of the team? Could a great coach win without great talent around?
Coaches (like QBs) always take the blame for losing, but they're not the ones who play on the field, and the ones who can ruin an entire season with one bonehead play.
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