cooperbh Posted February 27, 2012 Share Posted February 27, 2012 In the 92 year history of the NFL, there have been 49 head coaches who have posted four (or more) straight winning seasons. Not counting Mike Smith, they are:Bill Belichick, NFL Raymond Berry, AFC Marv Levy, AFC Lou Saban, AFL Don Shula, NFL Mike Tomlin, NFL Bill Cowher, NFL Chuck Noll, NFL John Harbaugh, AFCD Blanton Collier, NFL Paul Brown, NFL Jack Pardee, AFCWC Tom Coughlin, NFL Tony Dungy, NFL Tom Flores, NFL John Madden, NFL Mike Shannahan, NFL Dan Reeves, AFC Don Coryell, AFCD Sid Gillman, AFL Marty Schottenheimer, AFCD Hank Stram, NFL Jim Lee Howell, NFL Steve Owen, NFL Tom Landry, NFLAndy Reid, NFC**** Vermeil, NFLGreasy Neale, NFL Joe Gibbs, NFL George Allen, NFC Ray Flaherty, NFL Mike Sherman, NFCWC Mike Holmgren, NFL Vince Lombardi, NFL Curly Lambeau, NFL Joe Schmidt, -- Buddy Parker, NFL Potsy Clark, NFL Mike Ditka, NFL George Halas, NFL Dennis Green, NFCD Jerry Burns, NFCD Bud Grant, NFC George Seifert, NFL Bill Walsh, NFL Buck Shaw, NFCChuck Knox, NFCDJohn Robinson, NFCD* NFL (in bold) = won league championship* NFC/AFC = won conference championship* NFCD/AFCD = won divisional round game* NFCWC/AFCWC = won wild card round game* -- = no playoff victoriesOf the 48 coaches listed above...31 (65%) have won a league championship.38 (79%) have made it to a league championship game.46 (96%) have made it to a conference championship game.47 (98%) have won a playoff game.Anybody wanna lay their money on Mike Smith finishing his career without winning a playoff game? Before you answer, you should consider one more thing.With just 7 more wins, Smith will become the Falcons' all time winningest head coach. There have been only 19 head coaches in NFL history with four straight winning seasons who also led a franchise in all time wins. Of those 19, 18 (95%) coached in a league championship game. Only four - Marv Levy, Andy Reid, Bud Grant and John Robinson - failed to win a championship.No way am I betting against Smitty. History says he will not only get his playoff wins, he is also highly likely to at least make it to the big dance, if not win it all. I only hope he is still a Falcon when the inevitable occurs, and not leading some other team due to an impatient owner giving in to a fickle and ignorant vocal minority. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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