If you’re looking for a good summer read to pass the time, ESPN did an outstanding article on the coaching tree of former Cincinnati Bengals founder/head coach/owner Paul Brown, and it features some of the great coaches in the history of the NFL. From Bill Belichick, to Sid Gillman, to the NFL’s all-time leader in career wins in Don Shula:
Shula, who holds the NFL coaching record of 347 victories, played in a college system that was based on Brown’s teachings. Then, fortuitously, he was signed out of John Carroll University by Brown himself in 1951.
“I was brought up on Paul Brown football,” Shula said. “When I was drafted by the Browns, it was just a continuation of the same Paul Brown system.”
“My 33 years [as an NFL head coach],” Shula said, “that was pretty much from the Paul Brown playbook.”
I really liked this quote form San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame HC Sid Gillman:
“I always felt before Paul Brown, coaches just rolled the ball out onto the field.”