COACHES AND QUARTERBACKS – AFC NORTH
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: Sam Wyche
Paul Brown was at the end of his career when coaching the Bengals. Forrest Gregg has the better record, but Wyche lasted longer.
Quarterback: Ken Anderson
Boomer wasn’t bad, but not as good as Anderson.
Coach: Chuck Knoll
Tough choice between three excellent coaches. Cowher is almost as worthy and I like Tomlin.
Quarterback: Terry Bradshaw
Rothlisberger is similar to Bradshaw in that he’s big and strong. But Bradshaw had a cannon for an arm. And then there’s the four Super Bowl victories.
Coach: Sam Rutigliano
Shottenheimer was a cheeseball. After that there’s no one else to really consider.
Quarterback: Bernie Kosar
I like Sipe and almost went with him. But Kosar was better, I think.
Coach: John Harbaugh
Relatively new franchise (Cleveland kept the rights) but still, Billick would be a good choice too.
Quarterback: Joe Flacco