Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sports. Show all posts

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Paul Brown, the Father of Most NFL Head Coaches: Including the Rams and Bengals

As Tom Brady retires, many people talk about GOATs (the Greatest of All Time). As for coaches many, will mention the name of Vince Lombardi as the GOAT for coaches.  While that may be true for winning championships (3 NFL titles plus 2 Super Bowls), there is another coach who I would argue is the greatest at mentoring other coaches.

Paul Brown was the founder of the Cleveland Browns who entered the NFL in 1950 when the league merged with All American Football Conference (AAFC). The Browns won four straight AAFC titles and, when they entered the NFL, they went to six straight NFL championship games winning 3.  Eventually, Brown lost his job in Cleveland in 1963 in a power struggle with new owner Art Modell.  He only faced Lombardi on the field once losing 49-17 to the Packers.  Brown went on to found the Cincinnati Bengals in 1966 in the AFL who will be playing in Super Bowl LVI.  

Just as we can trace our family genealogies, we can trace our professional genealogies based on who our mentors are.  Don Shula and Chuck Noll both played for Brown.  They went on to win six super bowls 
and another 500 plus games between them.  Bill Walsh was his assistant coach in Cincinnati and went on to win another 3 Super Bowls with the 49ers.  Two  of Walsh's three wins were against Brown's Bengals after Brown retired as head coach but still owned the team.  

Walsh went on to mentor Mike Holmgren who went on to mentor Jon Gruden who likewise mentored Sean Payton, the coach of the Rams.  Current Bengals Coach, Zac Taylor was mentored by Sean Payton and was hired by Brown's son in Cincinnati.  Subsequent generations of coaches mentored by Brown's descendants include Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Tony Dungy, Bill Cowher, Marty Schottenheimer, Andy Reid, and Mike Tomlin.  If you would like to add the total number of Super Bowls won by Brown's mentees it would come to 27.  This includes coaches that Bill Walsh has mentored that are not included in the image below.   Since both coaches for the Rams and Bengals are descendants of Brown, There is guaranteed to be a total of 28 Super Bowls won by his descendants which is exactly half of all Super Bowls played.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Endorsement Deals Help Elite Athletes in College Football

It's interesting that college football is having it's 150th anniversary and the NFL is having it's 100th anniversary in the same year.  Personally I believe that a rematch of Green Bay and Kansas City would be a fitting match up for the Super Bowl as they were the first two teams to meet in the big game.  

Heisman Winner Johnny Manziel

As I write this LSU and Clemson are playing for college football's national championship.  Many of these players in the game and many players not in the game hope to play or coach in the Super Bowl someday.  Recently the governor of California signed a law allowing college players to accept sponsorship deals while in college which is banned by the NCAA.

A recent ESPN documentary discusses the issue of players getting paid.  College coaches are now paid in the millions of dollars which is close to NFL coaches.  I personally believe that, ideally, the NFL and NBA should have a farm club system like the NHL and MLB.  The first two leagues mentioned in the last sentence get lots talent from college sports for free.  Using a farm club system would take a lot of the hypocrisy out of college sports.  

The players are supposed to be there to get an education.  While they are there they should have enough to live on but sponsorship deals would most likely go to the elite players while the average players would get the scraps.  

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Top Ten Posts of 2019

As 2019 comes to a close I thought I would imitate other media news outlets and look at the top 10 posts on this site in terms of the number of page views.  The majority of the posts came in the early part of this year and in the later part.  Posts made before 2019 are included in this list.


This post was on changes in enrollment and in those needing special education services in the Greater Johnstown, Westmont, and Richland School Districts.  It was posted in November.  Enrollment has decreased in all three districts while African-American enrollment has increased in Johnstown.


This post was made in November 2018 to introduce the poll for the greatest nonfiction book of all time.  So far the Origin of Species is leading.


This post from May of this year presents a documentary on the migratin of African Americans to Johnstown.


This post from October looks at the propaganda campaign against the local candidate for Cambria County Commissioner, Jerry Carnicella.  He lost.


This post is from May 2011 the oldest post on this list.  It talks about how the conflict in the US is reflected in similar conflicts in Italy, Germany and Japan.


I took a look at the numbers of abuser priests identified by Pennsylvania grand juries and adjusting them for the size of the populations that they serve in each of their respective Dioceses.  Cambria County had by far the most adjusting for population.


This post from a few weeks ago showed how endemic the problem of poverty has become in the Greater Johnstown School District (GJSD) compared to the neighboring districts of Westmont, Richland, and Ferndale.  Nationally it ranks 84th out of 13,207 school districts.


This post is a follow up to the second ranked post on this list.  It is from November and gives the results up to Nov 24 of this year.


This is the first post of 2019.  It compared elite coaches in the NFL who played in the NFL (ie. Chuck Noll, Don Shula, and Tom Landry) to ones who did not (Vince Lombardi, Bill Belichick, and Jimmy Johnson).  It found that they were equal in the regular season but the one who did not play had better records in the playoffs and won more championships.


This is the next to last post of the year.  It was a follow up post to the seventh most popular post on this list.  It looked at trends in the city, county, state, and US in poverty and median income.  The gap between the county and the city and the state and the US is growing.

For this list, two of the posts were made before 2019 and six of them were on the City of Johnstown and the surrounding area.  Of the eight posts made this year, three were made in the first half of the year.  This blog almost completely covers the 2010s.  In September I will have the tenth anniversary post looking at it's all time most popular posts.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Do NBA Coaches who didn’t play in the NBA fare the same as NFL Coaches?

Phil Jackson won 11 titles and did play.
In my last post I found that elite NFL coaches who did not play in the NFL fared better in the playoffs than those who did and also won more championships.  This week I thought I would look at NBA Coaches who did not play in the NBA compared to those who did. produced lists of the top25 NFL and NBA coaches of all time.  In my last post I also looked at elite NFL coaches in the Super Bowl era.  

Athlon Top 25 Coaches
Played in NBA
Played in the NFL
Overall win%
Reg Season
total champ
Total Coaches

18 out of the 25 top NBA coaches played in the NBA compared to 14 of the 25 top NFL coaches.  Three of the seven who did not (like Red Auerbach) played before the NBA existed (it was created in 1946).  According to the table above NBA coaches who did not play won 1% more of their games than those who did where NFL coaches who did not play won 7% more of their playoff games and won.  NBA coaches on the list who did not play won 2.23% more of their regular season games.

These are coaches who were selected by on who they think are the best coaches.  Some were coaching in the 1940's and 50's.  As I did with the NFL coaches, I looked at modern NBA coaches whose careers spanned the modern era and who took their teams to the NBA finals from 1966 on to the present day.  The raw data I collected can be seen here.  It is summarized in the table below.

Top Modern Coaches
Played in NBA
Played in the NFL
Overall win%
Reg Season
total champ
Total Coaches

Like in the Athlon NBA list, there is a stronger presence of coaches who did play in the NBA than there is in the NFL.  29 out of 44 elite coaches had played in the NBA or 65.9% while 23 out of 51 NFL coaches or 45.1%.  This difference is statistically significant with a p-value of 0.045.  The coaches who played in the NBA had higher winning percentages in the regular season and the playoffs which is a different pattern than in the NFL.  The NBA coaches in the who did and did not play were roughly equal in the number of championships per coach.  Red Auerbach was included in the 15 coaches who did not play.  

There is a difference between the NFL and NBA in their elite coaches with a stronger preference for ones who did play in the NBA.  Among-st the elite coaches there were 9 out of the 44 who were African American in the NBA or 20.4% while in the NFL 4 out of the 51 or 7.8%.  This difference is not statistically significant while close to 70% of the players in both leagues are African American.

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