The 5 Least Deserving Coaches to Win a Super Bowl
Winning a Super Bowl as a coach is a career defining moment. It is a moment that will be cemented in the NFL history books.
A Super Bowl is not only a one season journey. It starts on the day the coach is hired. Some coaches inherit a great situation and get to coach a team that is already championship ready...
Some coaches have to start from scratch and build their teams up to a championship caliber. Some get let go before they reach that point and the next coach in line starts off in a better situation.
Let's take a look at five coaches who least deserved to win a superbowl.
George Seifert - Super Bowl XXIV
Bill Walsh retired from coaching after winning Super Bowl XXIII and the 49ers handed the reigns over to George Seifert. Seifert was handed a loaded team that included many Hall of Famers.
He went on to lead the team to a lopsided superbowl victory against the Broncos. Seifert joined the 49ers as a defensive backs head coach in 1980 and was very successful, but its hard to argue that his first Super Bowl victory was a gift because of the team he inherited.
In 1994 he claimed a 2nd title with the 49ers, this time with Steve Young at quarterback. Young got the monkey off his back and Seifert was able to take full credit for that superbowl.
He left the 49ers in 1996, joined the Carolina Panthers in 1999 and had a winning percentage of .333 with the Panthers.
Mike Tomlin - Super Bowl XLIII
Bill Cowher was replaced by Mike Tomlin in 2007. Cowher spent 15 years with the Steelers and was able to win a Super Bowl in 2006 with a young quarterback, a great running game, and a stingy defense.
Tomlin inherited that youngquarterback and a solid defense that is still run by the same defensive coordinator that worked under Cowher.
The Steelers went on to defeat the Arizona Cardinals in a dramatic fashion and the final plays were made by guys that Cowher and company drafted.
While Tomlin has won a Super Bowl, he failed to make the playoffs the following season. Tomlin won his ring with Cowher's guys, but now he must try and make his own mark and continue to win with the new personnel he is bringing in.
John Gruden - XXVII
John Gruden is a solid coach, but when he won Super Bowl XXVII he won it with Tony Dungy's team, and he won it with Monte Kiffin's defense.
This Super Bowl was easier than Paris Hilton on a Friday night at the clubs.
Gruden was doing a good job of building a winning team with the Raiders, before Al Davis decided to let him sign with the Bucanneers in exchange for two first round picks and two second round picks.
Gruden ended up leading the Bucs to the Super Bowl where he faced his former team, the Raiders. Somebody forgot to change the play book or the game plan because the Bucs new what was coming on every play.
You'd think an organization would want to change the game plan when playing against the head coach who created it.
Needless to say Gruden whooped the Raiders with Dungy's team. Gruden currently has 95 wins vs 81 losses and is currently all over ESPN. He hosted the first day of the 2010 NFL draft with other fellow experts Mel Kiper, and Mel Kiper's hair.
Bill Belichick - Super Bowl XXXVI
Bill Belichick is a great coach and will someday find himself in the Hall of Fame, but many people can argue that he didn't deserve his first Super Bowl victory.
There are people in Oakland who still know for a fact that Tom Brady fumbled and that "The Tuck Rule" was in fact the worst call in the history of football.
Then there is the Spy Gate Scandal that came out several years ago. One of the most interesting things on that is that somebody claimed the Patriots were filming the Rams practices before the Super Bowl.
Perhaps they had luck on their side or just technology on their side but the Patriots did go on to win two more Super Bowls after this one.
Barry Switzer - XXX
Barry Switzer inherited one of the best teams ever assembled in 1994. The Dallas Cowboys had won two Super Bowls in the last three years before Switzer took over.
Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmit Smith were just some of the guys on the squad that fielded a lot more talent. He won Super Bowl XXX over the Steelers in 1996 but he resigned after the 1997 season.
Switzer could be the guy that least deserved to win a Super Bowl ever. He used the Cowboys already talented team to win a title. He has a College National Championship and a Super Bowl title.
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