COACHES AND QUARTERBACKS – AFC WEST
Both high profile, and arguably the most important components of a successful football team. More credit and blame than they deserve? Probably. I’ve gone back 50 years and chose only one of each as the greatest for selected teams. Some were easy choices, others not so easy.
Coach: Mike Shanahan
Dan Reeves next, then Red Miller.
Quarterback: John Elway
Manning would have to play about five more good years to catch Elway as a Bronco.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Coach: Don Coryell
Seems strange that I would choose Coryell for two separate teams. But that speaks as much to Coryell’s competition as it does to his greatness.
Quarterback: Dan Fouts
Fouts is the clear choice, but Hadl wasn’t bad and Rivers is making a name for himself.
Coach: John Madden
Flores should probably be considered close to Madden’s equal. But Madden’s personality has made him somewhat iconic.
Quarterback: Ken Stabler
Stabler was one of my favorites so I’m partial. But it doesn’t matter. I’d have to go all the way back to Lamonica to find someone comparable. Although Plunkett did some great things for this franchise.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Coach: Hank Stram
Schottenheimer has the better percentage but he was a nerd.
Quarterback: Len Dawson
Dawson was good. Could be called great, but doesn’t need to be to get the nod here. “Good” is enough to get top billing among the choices for this franchise.