Your Wednesday open thread:
Another day, another ranking to discuss.
ESPN named Joe Gibbs the ninth-best NFL coach of all time. This brought some comments on Twitter that this was too low for Gibbs, that winning three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks is a feat that nobody had done before and it would be surprising if any coach ever does it again.
If you are going to move Gibbs higher, of course, you have move somebody lower. They announced that Tom Landry ranks eighth in their vote of 22 ESPN TV and web personalities (the panel includes clowns like Colin Cowherd and Chris Berman and respected analysts like Adam Schefter and Ed Werder). I figure the remaining seven are Vince Lombardi, George Halas, Don Shula, Paul Brown, Chuck Noll, Bill Walsh, and Bill Belichick. Lombardi, Noll, Walsh, and Belichick are multiple Super Bowl winners with Hall of Fame quarterbacks running their offenses. Halas and Brown practically invented the job of NFL head coach and the way it's conducted today.
So, if you want to move Gibbs up, who do you move down?
One other related topic here. I got a few tweets suggesting that Gibbs would have been ranked higher had he not made his comeback in 2004. I don't think that the stint, which alternated seasons with double-digit losses with playoff runs, tarnished his legacy to any great extent. To me, Gibbs gets a pass because of the playoff appearances and the fact that nobody else tried to do what he did. We don't know what would have happened if, say, Shula had come back to try to save the Dolphins or if Noll had returned to the Steelers. To me, there is no justification for "penalizing" Gibbs for coming back. What do you think?