Saturday, January 24, 2009

Denny Green is a better coach than Bill Belichick

I know it sounds crazy, but if you look only at one rubric, Denny Green is far and away a better coach than Belichick. Green has developed perhaps the strongest branch of the Bill Walsh coaching tree (hard to believe on its own) while Belichick is the strongest branch of the Bill Parcells tree.
Beyond that, however, the offshoots of the Denny Green tree have proven to be the strongest of any coach that has served in the past 10 years or so (excluding Parcells). For comparison, look at some of the coaches under the Belichick tree:
Eric Mangini
Romeo Crennel
Charlie Weis
Nick Saban.

A lot of college coaches. Now, take a look at the guys that can trace their roots back to Denny:
Brian Billick
Tony Dungy
Mike Tomlin
Lovie Smith
Mike Smith
Mike Singletary

Those were the good ones. Sure he had some stinkers, like Rod Marinelli or Mike Tice, but overall, I think Denny Green can make a case as being one of the greatest mentors the NFL has ever seen. Just pray he doesn't coach your team in the final two minutes of a key game.

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