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.
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.
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.
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.
There is nothing more dangerous in team sports, then a team that refuses to quit, is united as one, and whose confidence is so high, they believe they can play with anyone, anywhere, anytime.
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.