COACHES AND QUARTERBACKS – NFC SOUTH
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: John Fox
Not much competition in the short 20 year history of this franchise.
Quarterback: Cam Newton
I can’t stand Newton’s personality but I think he’s already proven to be better than Delhomme. Certainly more raw talent. But Delhomme did take the Panthers to the Super Bowl, so tough choice.
Coach: Dan Reeves
Reeves led the Falcons to the Super Bowl and his only real competition is Mike Smith who just got the axe.
Quarterback: Michael Vick
Maybe Ryan already. But after that, who else? Bartkowski?
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Coach: Sean Payton
Easy choice. Mora is the only one who comes close.
Quarterback: Drew Brees
Not the slam dunk you might think. Peyton’s dad Archie Manning did it all with no help around him. I also like Bobby Hebert.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Coach: Tony Dungy
Gruden won the Super Bowl but it was Dungy’s team.
Quarterback: Vinny Testeverde
Quick, who was the starting QB for the Buccaneers in their only Super Bowl victory? I didn’t remember either- I had to look it up. And it wasn’t easy to find. Oh, finding 2003 Super Bowl recaps was easy. But finding out who played quarterback required some in depth reading. Brad Johnson barely gets mentioned. Testeverde wasn’t good, but I’m going with him by default.