Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Don Shula's Coaching Tree

 
I was watching the NFL Network's special about the Pittsburg Steelers last night and they showed Chuck Noll on the sidelines working for Don Shula's Colts team during Super Bowl III.
 
I decided to google Shula's coaching tree and this is what I found on coachingroots.com. Hopefully you find this as interesting as I did.  
 
Its a long list with plenty of familiar names, former and current head coaches who were great assistants.
 
Enjoy and Phins Up!!!
 
Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
 
Don Shula Coaching Tree
Don Shula is a member of the following coaching trees:

What is a coaching tree?
A coaching tree is a graphical depiction of the former assistant coaches of a certain head coach that then went on and became head coaches. The tree also shows the next generations of head coaches at each layer.
In the above Don Shula coaching tree, only the coaches named directly below Don Shula are the head coaches that were former assistants of Don Shula.
Coaching trees can be useful to track the philosophical influence of a particular coach as well as tracing the "lineage" of a coach back to various other coaches. Recently in the NFL, all 32 head coaches could be traced back to three prominent head coaches: Bill Walsh, Bill Parcells and Marty Schottenheimer.

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Needless to say since Don Shula left the Dolphins have never come close to competing for a super bowl.

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Needless to say since Don Shula left the Dolphins have never come close to competing for a super bowl.

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You're right about that gofins4sb. Under Johnson and Wannstedt, we went to the playoffs but couldn't get to the AFC Championship.

Remember how Wannstedt won 43 games in 4 years with Jay Fiedler and nobody was happy! Mom may have been right about "Be thankful for what you have."

Since 1970, we had 22 playoff appearances in 32 years and only 2 losing seasons in 34 years.

We gotta get this right already. I talk with kids who see me wearing Dolphins gear and they start by cracking a few jokes and then I explain how good we were and they sing a different tune. But history is fleeting.