The Best NFL Coaches in the History of the Game

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The Best NFL Coaches in the History of the Game

The National Football League (NFL) is almost as old as American football itself. So it stands to reason ,that in its not quite 100 year old history, the NFL produced a number of remarkable coaches. Below is a list of the best of the best. It should be noted that in considering criteria, a number of factors were considered besides “best season” or “most trips to the Super Bowl”. As readers will see, it takes a lot to be the best, including patience, creativity, and great leadership skills.

12. George Allen, Washington Redskins(1966-1977)
What was up with this Allen guy? He took little interest in an offensive game. He was one of the league’s biggest player traders. And his teams were veteran-heavy. On the other hand, he turned in season after winning season for the Redskins. And under his watch, Washington’s team went to Super Bowl VII.

11. Tony Dungy, Tampa Buccaneers(1996-2008)
Dungy is considered a notable NFL trailblazer in two ways. First, he was the first African-American NFL head coach to win a Super Bowl. Secondly, he devised the influential “Tampa Two” defensive strategy in which the middle linebacker sets up what seems to be a “Cover 2” play but switches to a “Cover 3” before the other team can recover.

10. Bud Grant, Minnesota Vikings(1967-1985)
Grant started out as both a talented professional football and basketball player, then moved on to ten years of professional coaching for the Canadian Football League. After joining the Vikings, he led the team to ten national titles and four Super Bowls.

9. Marv Levy, Buffalo Bills(1978-1997)
Levy took the Bills to the Super Bowl on four occasions. Although the team never won in these face-offs, Levy remains celebrated for his strong defensive team, and his powerful “K-Gun” strategy.

8. Curly Lambeau, Green Bay Packers(1921-1953)
One of the Packers’ original players, Lambeau was also the team’s first coach. In his 30+ year coaching career, he led this team to six national titles. He is also noted for his innovative use of the forward pass.

7. John Madden, Oakland Raiders(1969-1978)
This Super Bowl winner is also one of the NHL’s overall best regular season winners, with well over a hundred Oakland victories.

6. Bill Parcells, New York Giants(1983-2006)
Parcells was the first coach to work with four different NFL teams during his career. But his greatest success was with the Giants, with whom he won two Super Bowls.

5. Joe Gibbs, Washington Redskins(1981-1992; 2004-2007)
Gibbs liked the Redskins so much that he coached the team twice. He’s also noteworthy for winning this team three Super Bowls with three different starting quarterbacks each time.

4. Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys(1960-1988)
Landry was this team’s first coach. Over the twenty-nine seasons he coached them, he won twenty of them, leading the team to five Super Bowls and winning two.

3. George Halas, Chicago Bears(1920-1967)
The Bears’ first coach led his team to six national titles. He also makes the list for being ranked number two for the most wins of all time.

2. Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers(1969-1991)
He transformed one of the NFL’s biggest losers to one of its superstars in the 1970s, and made NFL history with four Super Bowl wins in six years. He is also ranked number seventh for most all-time victories.

1. Don Shula, Miami Dolphins(1963-1995)
Shula remains the winner in terms of overall victories. He was also at the helm in 1972 when the Dolphins had a perfect season, winning every game that they played.


Biggest Scandals in New England Patriot History

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Biggest Scandals in New England Patriot History

(Left to right) New England Patriot cheerleaders Briana Lee, Alysha Castonguay, Stacey McIntyre and Dinna Yap perform a dance routine for Airmen and their families at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, as part of Operation Season's Greetings, an Air Force Reserve Command-sponsored tour designed to bring some down home entertainment and holiday cheer to Airmen overseas. Other performances included latin pop sensation Melina Leon, comedian Dick Hardwick and the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. The tour made its first stop in Incirlik, with other visits scheduled for Iraq, Great Britain and Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Bates)

New England Patriots Are A Success Through the Choicest Scandals in the NFL 
Knowing what to do in the important moments in competition is what determines who is the winner when up against the greatest opponents. In the NFL, the New England Patriots have shown that they know how to make the best choices at cheating as well as the making the best plays. DeFlateGate was an embarrassment as it was shown that the star quarterback of recent times, Tom Brady, draws from the confidence he creates in his ball tossing by using the easier to throw deflated footballs. No feelings of apprehension filtered in while breaking NFL regulations those on the proper inflation of the footballs were being broken. This was just an inconvenient hurdle that had to be traversed.

Those who are partial to the great team and their star quarterback, are quick to minimize the effects of taking these illegal measures. Dismissing the rule bending of deflating footballs as being an insignificant advantage. Yet, it is the motivation and the boldness of players who seem to feel that they are above the regulations, which also epitomized poor sportsmanship due to cheating. This should disqualify the team from their Superbowl title since the path to the season finale was tainted with cheating, if there is any justice at all.

Another famous occasion where this mentality within the ranks of the New England Patriots was on display for those who care about following the rules of the game was the boldness of the lies being told in the week before the DeFlateGate farce. Bill Belichick was accused by the Raven’s Coach John Harbaugh of having submitted a four-man offensive line that had an illegal receiver on the list. This was thought to have been a trick and created an advantage so that the Patriots would prevail as they did in a close contest in the Divisional Round of the playoffs of 2015. They won by a narrow 35 to 31 points. The Raven’s felt that this act deprived them of enough notice so that the turnaround time to launch a proper offensive was conveniently too short. Does any guilt filter in? One has to wonder, or does pride in the cunning override this condition of illegal gamesmanship?

Another famous and successful plot the favorite sons called the New England Patriots carried out was the SpyGate scandal. It is said that this was the scandal that topped the list for the most nefarious in the history of the Patriots NFL participation. During 2007, while playing the New York Jets, New England had been videotaping the Jet’s play-call signaling. This was illegal. A proper investigation did take place which revealed that this practice was going on from 2002 to 2007 when it was finally discovered. Punishment was similar to the DeFlateGate incident. A monetary fine was also imposed of $250,000 along with the denial of a first round draft choice for that season and a fine levied on Bill Belichick of $500,000.

Much earlier in their career, in 1972, when the team was under the other leadership, the snowy game against the Dolphins was scoreless until the forth quarter. Assisting the Patriots to victory the snowplow operator plowed a spot in the field for the Patriot’s kicker Josh Smith to kick the winning field goal. The Dolphins complained that this was a shameful act of unfairness and perhaps the worst in the history of the NFL. Such is the reputation of the New England Patriots, going back decades. They will use their craftiness, cunning, and propensity for cheating better than all other teams with no shame or guilt it seems, claiming the others “gotta study the rule book and figure it out.” Tom Brady reflects on these issues by calling such tactics ‘weapons.’ for making important plays.


The Best Quarterbacks in New England Patriot History

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The Best Quarterbacks in New England Patriot History

When you think of the best football teams in the NFL today, it is hard to leave out the New England Patriots, no matter how you feel about them. Over the years this franchise has become one of the top dynasties in history. What makes up one of the best teams in the NFL? A solid quarterback that first only simply needed to limited turnovers and managing the game; thereafter being counted upon and trusted to make plays and carry the franchise upon his back. Here’s a look at the top quarterbacks in the New England Patriots franchise ranking from best to better.

5. Tony Eason
Without Tony Eason, the groundwork for the upcoming quarterbacks in this dynamic franchise wouldn’t have been laid. During the 1985 season, the Patriots improbably won three straight playoff games on the road and beat Miami for the AFC Championship that year. Unfortunately, he can also be known for the loss at the Super Bowl for a 46-10 loss to the Chicago Bears that years. It was the Patriots first appearance in the Super Bowl and Eason is also known as the first starting quarterback in Super Bowl history to not complete a pass.

4. Drew Bledsoe
During the run under Bledsoe, the Patriots qualified for the playoffs six times and made one Super Bowl appearance, Tom Brady was their starting quarterback. He was a big part of improving the image of the team franchise that had fallen in both game wins and attendance. In 2011, Patriots fans voted Bledsoe into the Patriots Hall of Fame and he ranks fifth all-time in completions, seventh in passing yards and thirteenth in touchdown passes.

3. Vito “Babe” Parilli
Still being referred to as the Boston Patriots, Parilli played for seven years and finished his career with over 25,000 total yards and 200 touchdowns. He records among the top five quarterbacks in 23 categories. It wasn’t until 2007 when Tom Brady broke Parilli’s record of 3,500 passing yards with 31 touchdowns.

2. Steve Grogan
During the second quarter of the Super Bowl game against the Chicago Bears, Grogan replaced Eason. His career was sadly plagued by injuries that he received on the field. He played for the Patriots from 1975 to 1990. Grogan led the Patriots to an 11-3 record as well as the team’s first playoff berth since 1963. In 1995, Grogan was voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

1. Tom Brady
Any fan of the NFL knows his name and isn’t surprised that Tom Brady would be the number one quarterback in the team’s franchise. He started as a mere backup quarterback to Bledsoe but put his time in the franchise and etched himself a place as starting quarterback. Brady has brought the team to six Super Bowls and won four titles and three Super Bowl MVP’s. He was also selected to ten Pro Bowl games and was named the league MVP twice and Offensive Player of the year. He is the holy grail of quarterbacks that can pass the ball for numerous yards but at the same time, he can run the ball for the yards the team needs.


Best Wide Receivers Tom Brady Has Ever Had

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Best Wide Receivers Tom Brady Has Ever Had
Mr. Deflate-gate has Five he Goes to for Big Scores 

He is still throwing successful bullets right into the hands of his chosen five best receivers on a winning basis. Although Tom ‘deflat-gate’ Brady is a nearly forty, thirty eight years old, he shows no real signs of running out of arm. Number twelve still thrills his hometown fans and keeps the New England Patriots in the mix for another big dance in February 2017. A very small contingent of football fans believe that as the man was found guilty of manipulating the inflation standard of the footballs during the controversial deflate-gate saga, the punishment was simply benign.

It could be said that, if there was any true justice, the New England Patriots should have been retroactively disqualified from being in the Super Bowl that they won in the last seven seconds of the game by intercepting the pass from Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. And furthermore, the Seattle Seahawks should then have been given the 2014 Super Bowl Title as first runner ups with the disqualification of Tom Brady’s team.

After all, they did cheat to win their position in the Super Bowl by deflating the footballs that season in the games leading up to the Super Bowl. Technically they should not qualify after this cheating episode. However, the slap on the wrist was given and they should eventually experience true karma.

Perhaps choosing these five men regularly each contest has enough winning mo jo to convince legions of football fans to look past the dark moment for Brady and the Patriots. So the stellar glow of Tom Brady, still shines on as he escaped being stripped of a title as punishment as had happened to other ‘great unsportsmanlike’ fallen heroes such as Lance Armstrong.

So the beat goes on, and justice was served two weeks ago when the Seahawks got revenge on the Patriots. Still, the best receivers to make things happen for the Brady lead Patriots, igniting anticipation for the next big chance to win another Super Bowl, involve Julian Edelmen at number five on the list. In his 87 games he caught 21 touchdown passes, 327 receptions, and 3,434 receiving yards, being compact and lethal with his speed and adept catching and snatching skills

The other four are just as spectacular with super bowl assist wins such as Deion Branch, another compact wide receiver with an MVP award, 518 career receptions, and 39 receiving touchdown receptions. Another great is Troy Brown, with 557 receptions, 31 receiving touchdowns in 192 games. He has a great future with the Patriots. The second most valuable receiver on the roster is Wes Walker who has an astonishing 900 receptions, 50 receiving touchdowns in 173 games and 9,905 receiving yards. He was the go to before Edelmen arrived hailing from Texas Tech. At the top of the list is Randy Moss, who has 982 receptions, 156 receiving touchdowns in 218 games and 15,292 receiving yards. He is known as the ‘Freak’ and the greatest of all time receivers, not to mention Brady’s best go to guy.


5 Greatest New England Patriots of All-Time

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5 Greatest New England Patriots of All-Time

With eight trips to the Super Bowl and four wins (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014), the New England are tied with both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys for the most appearances at the Super Bowl. Unlike the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys who have been dominant since 1970, the Patriots success is that of recent success. The Patriots have claimed 12 of the last 14 AFC Titles. After Belichick and Brady joined forces, in 2000, “The Patriot Way” emerged. The Patriot Way is; selflessness, crisp execution and innovative play calling. The greatest Patriot players in history are all proof of The patriot Way

1)Troy Brown – With 31 touchdowns and 557 receptions for 6,366 receiving yards, in his 15 years with the New England Patriots, Troy Brown ranks first on our list. Brown has been cornerback, return man, wide receiver and emergency quarterback. Brown was drafted in the 8th round in 1993, out of Marshall as a return specialist. In 2000 he became a fulltime starter, racking up 5 touchdowns, 1199 yards and 101 receptions. Since 2000, he has assisted the Patriots win three Super Bowls.

2)John Hannah – Often compared to the great Anthony Munoz, one of the greatest lineman in history, Hannah was a bit undersized, 265 pounds and 6 foot 2 inches. Hannah made up for his lack in size as a beast on the field, with agility, technique, quickness and an iron will. He was selected to Nine Pro Bowls, all between 1976 and 1985. In 1985 he finally made his trip to the Super Bowl with a devastating loss to the bears, 46-10.

3)Ben Coates – With 50 touchdowns and 490 receptions, good for 5,471 yards, Coates ranks third in our list. Coates ended his career as the fourth most productive tight end in the history of the NFL. In 1993 Ben Coates as the offense focal point for New England. That year he emerged as the ultimate security covering for Drew Bledsoe. Coates was exceptional at working the soft zone, where he could clear out space, and move the chains.

4)Vince Wilfork – Wilfork was drafted with the 21st pick out of the University of Miami, in 2004. Almost immediately Wilfork became the defense anchor. Despite being 6 foot 2 inches and 325 pounds, Wilfork was extremely quick on his feet. Wilfork is an 11 year pro with 5 trips to the Super Bowl and one of the best defensive tackles in his time. Wilfork helped New England win 2 Lombardi Trophies.

5)Tom Brady – A former sixth-round draft pick, Tom Brady, has proven to be the most decorated athlete in football. In 2007, Brady had a phenomenal career year (4,806 yards and 50 touchdowns). Although it did end in a loss the the New York Giants, in Super Bowl XLII. More Recently, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady appeared to embrace The Patriot Way. This latest title run included Brady handing off and tossing passes to Jonas Gray, LeGarrette Blount, and Brandon LaFell. Brady can elevate the play of any teammate he’s given.