Thursday, February 03, 2005SB: Top 5 Best Coaching Performances
1) Weeb Ewbank (Super Bowl III): One of the great underrated coaches of our time, Eubank completely revamped his gameplan to coach the Jets, an 18-point dog, past Baltimore. The AFL was always viewed as a JV league, a gimmick league, and Eubank knew that if his Jets were to have any chance they had to achieve physical equity with the tough Colts. The result, 43 carries, 143 tough rushing yards, mostly on the left side. Matt Snell (30 carries, 121 yards, touchdown) probably should've won the MVP. It was a classic effort.
2) Tom Flores (SB XV & XVIII): A little bit of a surprise here, but hear me out. Two games as pretty substanial underdogs and two blowout victories. The Redskins in 1983 were the most prolific scoring machine in NFL history and the Raiders held them to nine points. Flores never got the credit he deserved because he wasn't much on talking or self-promoting, but he was a hell of a game manager and he knew how to focus those two talented, but unpredictable Raider teams.
3) Bill Belichick (Super Bowl XXXVI): Another massive underdog pulls the upset. The only reason this isn't higher is because I believe a goat could outcoach Mike Martz. That being said Belichick introduced the Rams to a defense unleashed and stopped one of the best offensive machines in league history.
4) Bill Parcells (Super Bowl XXV): How do you stop the run & shoot? Hold the ball for 40:33 minutes, a Super Bowl record. Parcells never hid his game plan, with backup QB Jeff Hostetler starting, the Giants coach wanted to go big and shorten the game. Despite falling behind 12-3, Parcells stuck with his plan and thanks to an efficient day by Hostetler (20-of-32, 222, 1 TD) everything worked. Oh yeah they needed a little help from Scott Norwood, but still a great job.
5) Mike Shanahan (Super Bowl XXXII): John Elway had the pressure and he rightfully got the credit due to his previous disappointments, but Shanahan knew that if the Broncos were to upset the Packers, they couldn't rely on Elway's right arm over Terrell Davis' strong legs. Behind a lean, mean offensive line, Davis punished the overweight Packers front four into exhaustion in one of the best Super Bowls ever. Elway only completed 12 passes and Mike Holmgren admitted to letting Davis scoring the go-ahead touchdown, but let's be honest, the Packers didn't have a choice. They couldn't stop the run.