28 Jan 2005
SI.com's Don "Mr. Top 5 List" Banks brings us his list of the five worst coaching mistakes in Super Bowl history:
Don Shula waiting too long to replace Earl Morrell with Johnny Unitas
Mike Holmgren letting the Broncos score
Mike Ditka not calling a play for Walter Payton to score
Mike Martz under-utilizing Marshall Faulk
Marv Levy not trying to get the ball closer for Scott Norwood's field goal
Debates of the Holmgren thing are always fun. I don't think the Walter Payton thing really fits here -- I mean, yes, it would have been nice for him to score, but shouldn't the five worst coaching mistakes all be things that kept a team from winning the Super Bowl? Feel free to add your own nominees in the comments. Thanks to reader Ryan McKeon for the tip.
1 comment, Last at 02 Jan 2007, 6:44pm by No Deposit Keno
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?