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Successful "Soft" HCs in the NFL?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by qtlaw, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Have there been HCs who are not Lombardi-types? The players-coaches types in the NBA. I'm thinking Trestman becomes a players-coach type with a strong guy like Cutler.

    Walsh was described as "cerebral" but he could be tough (he cut Lott in Plan B!!; traded Montana!).

  2. Uncle.Ruckus

    Uncle.Ruckus Guest

    Tony Dungy and Dick Vermeil (redux edition).
  3. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Pete Carroll runs a pretty loose ship.
  4. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Was Seifert a hard ass?

    Andy Reid?
  5. Uncle.Ruckus

    Uncle.Ruckus Guest

    Can't imagine Reid was a hardass. He looks like a walrus.
  6. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member


    Dungy fits that pretty well.

    Andy Reid might be considered borderline.

    Not successful or borderline...
    Steve Mariucci
    Wade Phillips
    Mike Sherman, Dick Jauron, Mike Tice...
  7. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Bill Walsh, control freak though he was, was widely considered less than a martinet.
  8. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Depending how you define "soft," there is an argument to be made -- and mostly just a philosophical one here -- that Jimmy Johnson was on the soft side. As long as you came to play, he didn't care how many hookers you were hanging out with the night before or the night after, and he didn't have all the other Tom Coughlin-style dictator rules either.
  9. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    There's only one HC, and she posts here.
  10. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    Tom Landry?
  11. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    And she is a violent sort. Poisons puppies and whatnot.
  12. joe king

    joe king Active Member

    Walsh was renowned for his "soft" practices -- I want to say the team stopped all hitting in practice after the first month of the season. And he was also able to keep things light in pressure situations, such as the time he dressed as a bellhop when the team arrived for its first Super Bowl appearance and started carrying his players' bags into the hotel.

    He was definitely more "players coach" than dictator.
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