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October 9, 2012

Where have all the good coaches gone?

Belichick, Coughlin dominating today's NFL like no other time in game

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Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin has done exactly what those in his Chuck Noll/Cowher legacy might expect.

In seven sevens, he is 57-27 with a Super Bowl title to his name.

Tomlin has one of the best ownership/managements in the game behind him, but with that comes pressure, and he’s delivered.

When I think of Mike Shanahan, I see Belichick’s face and the reverence he has for the current Redskins’ boss.

He was a dynamite leader in Denver, and I have to believe the Redskins problems come in spite of him.

From there, things become blurry.

I like Houston’s Gary Kubiak, whose crew is again off to an unbeaten start. Overall, he’s just 51-49, though.

Leslie Frazier at Minnesota has the look of a winner. He’s brash and aggressive, a work-a-holic type.

But again, we’re still in the top 10 here.

Rounding out the top 10 are Jeff Fisher in his second stop, now in St. Louis, and Tampa’s first-year man Gregg Schiano, a pick I make because the rest of the field is so mediocre, and he was such an impact man at Rutgers.

Of course, Television is a gigantic culprit. Between the networks, plus Fox, ESPN and NFL you see the likes of Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy, John Gruden, Jimmy Johnson, Joe Gibbs, Steve Mariucci and others who could be getting it done on the sideline.

There’s some serious Hall of Fame coaching ability there.

Instead, they’re taking the much less stressful role behind a microphone somewhere.

But that doesn’t make up for the dearth of talent running NFL teams these days.

Belichick and Coughlin are pure thoroughbreds in a coaching field laden with plow horses.

And it’s truly showing in this era of the NFL.

Follow Eagle-Tribune Sports Reporter Hector Longo on Twitter under the screen name @MVcreature.

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