Originally Posted by kaldaniels
And as for what coaches I like better than Dungy...not many. How many coaches as men do I like better than Tony...none. But looking back, I think he has far too many 1 and dones in the playoffs given the talent on the field. I don't know that that would project forward, I don't. But like many before him, fairly or not, playoff sucess does matter in one's legacy. 1 Superbowl win in 9 appearances - average. 6 of 9 first game exits - below average.
All hail Lord Belichick! (kidding)
Coaching really isn't an equal playing field. You can have a team that has Payton Manning on the team and you win because of him or you can have a team that really has no desirable QB but win in spite of that. What I think makes a coach is someone who gets his team to over achieve based upon the talent he had.
Here are my current (active or recently retired) off the top of my head that I would take over Dungy:
Its not so much record more over achieving with the talent given. IMO all these guys I listed win at least one Super Bowl with the Colts. I just never thought that Dungy did a good enough job with all the talent he was surrounded with. He was given two great teams, one defense in its prime and one of the greatest QB's in his prime and was only able to get to (and win) one SB. IMO there is only one coach I listed who would be better off in his current position than if he had Manning and that is Belichick.