Gameday Walkthrough: You're watching the greatest combo ever

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Gameday Walkthrough: You're watching the greatest combo ever

Welcome to the final regular-season Sunday of 2012. We have four weeks of football left after today, just 11 games. Amazingly rapid season, weren't it?Last night, I was toodling around the worldwide web when I started wondering how many coaching wins Bill Belichick trails Don Shula by. Including playoffs,Belichick is currently 203-108 in 18 seasons as a head coach and 166-63 in New England. Shula compiled 347 total wins in his 33 years as a head coach.Noting on Twitterwhere Belichick stood, I said he could move into sixth behind the legendary Paul Brown with a 14-win regular season in 2013. WRONG! He passed Paul Brown in 2010 when Belichick got his 170th win. Brown's 47 wins in the AAFC must have been included in this list of winningest coaches which I leaned on when tweeting. Either way, it's kind of a jumble out there because there are lists which stick to regular-season wins and others that combine regular season and playoffs. Working of of the TOTAL NFL wins, here's how it currently stands. 1. Don Shula (33 years) -- 347
2. George Halas (40 years) -- 324
3. Tom Landry (29 years) -- 270
4. Curly Lambeau (33 years) -- 229
5. Chuck Noll (23 years) -- 209
6. Marty Schottenheimer (21 years) -- 205
7. Bill Belichick (18 years) -- 2038. Dan Reeves (23 years) -- 201
9. Chuck Knox (22 years) -- 193
That's as far as I know. Who was the greatest coach ever? That's really a subjective discussion and total wins aren't the best measure. For instance, Vince Lombardi's not on this list. Or Jimmy Johnson. Or Bill Walsh. Or Paul Brown. Shula has the most wins but he also was at the controls of a team that suffered the seminal upset in NFL history (the 1969 Colts) and was head coach of the 1993 Dolphins who blew a 9-2 start and missed the playoffs. The ballyhooed perfect season? Can't do any better than perfect, but mercy, their competition was awful. Miami's 14 regular-season opponents combined for a record of 70-122-4. That's a .367 winning percentage. The two games they played against teams that finished with winning records both went 8-6. Nine of the games were against teams that won five or less. No Miami opponent made it to the playoffs in 1972. Details. That's where the answers lie. Joe Montana, 4-0 in Super Bowls, HAS to be better than Tom Brady who's currently 3-2. Right, and Montana was one-and-done in three consecutive playoff appearances from 1985-87, throwing 0 TDs and five picks. Long story short, you're may be watching the greatest coach in NFL history. You may also be watching the greatest quarterback. You're definitely watching the greatest combo. Stunned and amazed that Patrick Chung wasn't fined for the hit he laid on Cecil Shorts III last Sunday in Jacksonville. Chung explained to me after the game he was going too fast to let up and that Shorts ducked his head. Still, I thought it was head contact on a defenseless receiver. I'd rather see a player keep his money than kick it back to the league, so good for Chung. But I'm now more confused as to what the NFL's trying to ban since that seemed a textbook head shot. Chung is among nine prominent Patriots with contracts that expire after this season. Some of the others are Kyle Arrington, Julian Edelman, Dane Fletcher, Danny Woodhead, Trevor Scott, Sebastian Vollmer, Aqib Talib and Wes Welker.Of those players, Chung is the only one I can see that there would be no tears shed for if he left. Good player, but he might need a reboot in a new city.

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