Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

14 Jun 2014

Chuck Noll Passes Away

The legendary Steelers head coach passed away Friday at 82. Noll, who turned around a Pittsburgh franchise that had been pathetic for virtually its entire history until his hiring in 1969, is the only head coach to win four Super Bowls. He had a career record of 193-148-1 in the regular season. RIP, and condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by: Tom Gower on 14 Jun 2014

4 comments, Last at 19 Jun 2014, 1:15am by Pen

Comments

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by Insancipitory :: Sat, 06/14/2014 - 10:11pm

Not a loss to be mourned, rather a life well lived and passing to be celebrated.

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by Jerry :: Sat, 06/14/2014 - 10:55pm

I was going to post something like the first couple paragraphs of this:

http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/6283044-74/noll-steelers-coach#axzz3...

The rest is worth reading as well.

Thanks, Coach.

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by BroncosGuyAgain :: Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:00am

I've never understood why Noll wasn't more readily recognized as a great coach. Yes, Lombardi cast a long shadow, but Shula and Landry had great success roughly simultaneously, and were more lauded than Noll. There seems to have been a perception that Noll was simply blessed with great talent, but I would argue the opposite. The Steel Curtain era was talented, without question, but I think the Steelers teams were actually greater than the sum of its parts, largely because of great coaching. To put it more controversially, many of the players were over-rated (some slightly, some grossly) due to the halo effect of the team success. The argument that Noll benefited from a host of HOF players also ignores the fact that Noll was one of the earliest coach/de facto GM guys (Paul Brown, an immediate antecedent).

Noll is in the pantheon. We tip our cap.

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by Pen :: Thu, 06/19/2014 - 1:15am

I always felt like nobody needed to say how awesome Chuck Noll was. Everyone just knew. Taking a perennial cellar dwellar to 4 Super Bowls in 6 years. Will anyone ever replicate that?