Sam SpiegelmanIn an ESPN Insider piece authored by former Jets and Chiefs head coach-turned-analyst Herm Edwards, Giants coaches Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin both crack the top 20 coaches of all time.
Despite beginning his career in New York 3-12-1, Parcells earned the No. 8 spot atop Edwards’ list. Parcells led the G-Men to two Super Bowl titles, using the good old-fashioned ground and pound attack en route to a Hall of Fame career.
“Parcells always inherited teams that weren’t winning, but was able to turn them around using his program and his presence. When Bill Parcells steps into a room, you feel his presence,” writes Edwards. “He has won everywhere he has been with a philosophy of having a big, physical defense and running the ball. And that has led to two Super Bowl wins and a terrific career.”
Coughlin landed at the 15 spot on the rankings. The current Giants head man has also led New York to two Lombardi Trophies, which Edwards believes may also be enough for Coughlin to join Parcells in Canton.
“A strict disciplinarian, Coughlin simply knows how to win. With two Super Bowl titles now under his belt, he’s in the Hall of Fame discussion,” writes Edwards.
George Halas earned the top spot on Edwards’ list, followed by Vince Lombardi, Chuck Noll, Don Shula and Bill Walsh.
Tom Landry and Bill Belichick take the 6 and 7 spot, respectively, with John Madden and Paul Brown rounding out the top 10.
Joe Gibbs, Mike Shanahan, Tony Dungy and Curly Lambeau take spots 11-14, with Bud Grant, George Allen, Dick Vermeil, Marty Schottenheimer and Marv Levy finishing out the top 20.
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