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Thread: Don Shula in Today's NFL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital View Post
    Magnificently. That's how he would have handled it. The guy had like 2 losing seasons ever. He had more coaches go through there than Miami Airport.

    He built a team around Unitas, another around Csonka, and another around Marino. He found guys who could do stuff and built systems and recruited coaches that could use the stuff they did well.

    He regularly drafted low and didn't have the advantage of free agency to plug his holes. He made his team physically superior by working them mercilessly (today they have 17 padded practices and rarely a two-a-day, but Shula had them doing four-a-days without water). He drilled knowledge and discipline into his troops so they were regularly one of the least penalized teams in the league.

    He dominated physically, intellectually, and relentlessly. As Bum Phillips said, "He could take his' n and beat your'n, then turn around and take your'n and beat his' n."

    Yeah, Don Shula would have succeeded in today's NFL.



    Free agency was apart of the landscape during Shulas late years. Trace Armstrong among many others come to mind.
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    No question Don Shula had the "it" factor that the great coaches have. There are some very successful coaches that likely wouldn't have fared well in today's NFL. You think any owner today would give Tom Landry seven years to pull off his first winning season? Of course Landry ended up as one of the all-time greats.
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    With the way things have been going in Miami the past ten plus years, all I have to say is.....I miss Shula patroling the sidelines more than ever! Imo, Don Shula takes a backseat to NO coach in NFL history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital View Post
    Magnificently. That's how he would have handled it. The guy had like 2 losing seasons ever. He had more coaches go through there than Miami Airport.

    He built a team around Unitas, another around Csonka, and another around Marino. He found guys who could do stuff and built systems and recruited coaches that could use the stuff they did well.

    He regularly drafted low and didn't have the advantage of free agency to plug his holes. He made his team physically superior by working them mercilessly (today they have 17 padded practices and rarely a two-a-day, but Shula had them doing four-a-days without water). He drilled knowledge and discipline into his troops so they were regularly one of the least penalized teams in the league.

    He dominated physically, intellectually, and relentlessly. As Bum Phillips said, "He could take his' n and beat your'n, then turn around and take your'n and beat his' n."

    Yeah, Don Shula would have succeeded in today's NFL.
    So right. 33 years coaching and only 2 losing seasons - one of them 6-8 and the other 6-10. And don't forget the team he somehow got to a SB with the late David Woodley at QB and the late Andre Franklin at RB.
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    Don was great over three decades. I don't know how many eras that is but it's a lot. 33 seasons coached w just 2 losing seasons and 6 Conference Championship wins, 2 SB wins. He would be fine in today's era - as he was in the 60's,70's,80's and 90's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DolfanDuBbZ~ View Post
    Depends on which Shula your talking about. The young hungry Shula, or the old content Shula.

    Even the so called old content Shula seemed to always be a Chess Grand master thinking many plays ahead, problem was he also allowed a DC that was useless to the type of team Shula wanted on the field....I guess after think about it, you are probably right, the old Shula would not have allowed his team's defense to fail as much as Olivadotti's did for that long.

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    I have to wonder if today's fans would have been kinder to the "Living Legend" for failed drafts, FA signings, and not being able to surround "Dan The Man" with the talent to get back to the Super Bowl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southbeach 2 View Post
    I have to wonder if today's fans would have been kinder to the "Living Legend" for failed drafts, FA signings, and not being able to surround "Dan The Man" with the talent to get back to the Super Bowl.
    not a chance, we get too much info as fans and we all think we know a lot more than we actually do. would that affect him? I don't know, it doesn't affect BB who had similar early success in NE like Shula in Miami but hasn't been able to win it all in a long time(for them).
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyjunc View Post
    not a chance, we get too much info as fans and we all think we know a lot more than we actually do. would that affect him? I don't know, it doesn't affect BB who had similar early success in NE like Shula in Miami but hasn't been able to win it all in a long time(for them).
    Difference is BB has won something recently. Like in recent memory. People still hang on to wins in the 70s, and forget his failures in the 90s. Shula failed on a epic scale by never finding a running game for Marino or developing a future QB for post Marino. Shula did alot, but once the 90s hit...it was a eventual slow death and left people grasping for the glory days of the early 80s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DolfanDuBbZ~ View Post
    Difference is BB has won something recently. Like in recent memory. People still hang on to wins in the 70s, and forget his failures in the 90s. Shula failed on a epic scale by never finding a running game for Marino or developing a future QB for post Marino. Shula did alot, but once the 90s hit...it was a eventual slow death and left people grasping for the glory days of the early 80s.
    don won in the 70s, made SBs in the 80s and still made the playoffs in the 90s. BB won in the 00s, made SBs in the late 00s/early '10s and we'll see where it goes from here. 1972 & 1973 are a long way from 2014 but if he won them 10 years ago it's not that long. if his career was the Marino years and you never won a SB then that's different but assuming the first half of his career is the same he'd have a long leash.
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