COACHES AND QUARTERBACKS – AFC EAST
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: Don Shula
Hard to top the league’s only undefeated season and two Super Bowl victories.
Quarterback: Dan Marino
A very good case could be made for Bob Griese.
NEW YORK JETS
Coach: Weeb Ewbank
Parcells is the only coach with an above .500 record as a Jet, but only three years at the helm. He still could be considered the better choice.
Quarterback: Joe Namath
Namath was good, but not quite as good as advertised. Light bulb knees limited him throughout his career. Ken O’Brien has a case. Not a great one, but a case nonetheless.
Coach: Marv Levy
Chuck Knox is a distant second.
Quarterback: Jim Kelly
Joe Ferguson is a distant second.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Coach: Bill Belichik
Like him or not, Belichik is the obvious choice. Parcells was a great coach, but takes a back seat in this franchise.
Quarterback: Tom Brady
The current regime sits at the top in this franchise. Bledsoe was good until Brady came along and handed him the clipboard. Steve Grogan was no Brady but deserves a mention.