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NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

While the NFL Network was showing a game of Pictionary, the NFL's website announced the Hall of Fame's Class of 2019. Your new enshrinees:

Tony Gonzalez, TE, KC/ATL
A first-ballot HOFer, Gonzalez played in 14 Pro Bowls and made six All-Pro teams. He is still second in NFL history in receptions behind only Jerry Rice.

A first-ballot HOFer, Reed played in nine Pro Bowls and made five All-Pro teams. He was the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, a Super Bowl champion, and three times led the league in interceptions.

Champ Bailey, CB, WAS/DEN
A first-ballot HOFer, 12-time Pro Bowler, and three-time All-Pro. His best season might have been 2006, when he led the NFL with 10 interceptions returned for 162 yards.

A five-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro, and three-time Super Bowl champion with New England. Twice led the league in interceptions.

Kevin Mawae, C, SEA/NYJ/TEN
Eight-time Pro Bower, three-time All-Pro. From 1995 to 2004, Mawae didn't miss a single start between the Seahawks and Jets.

Pat Bowlen, owner, DEN
Bowlen purchased the Broncos in 1984. Since then the team has played in seven Super Bowls, more than any team under any owner except the 10 of Robert Kraft and the Patriots.

Gil Brandt, executive, DAL
Am I the only one who thought Brandt was already in the Hall of Fame? Brandt managed the Cowboys roster for 29 years, guiding the team to five Super Bowl appearances, two championships, and 20 consecutive winning seasons. Brandt will join 15 players he acquired for the Cowboys who have already been enshrined in Canton.

Johnny Robinson, DB, DTX/KC
The lone senior finalist nominated for enshrinement this year Robinson began his career with the Dallas Texans (now known as the Kansas City Chiefs) in the AFL's inaugural season in 1960. A six-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler, Robins won three AFL championships, played in the first Super Bowl against Green Bay, and had an interception in Kansas City's 23-7 win over Minnesota in Super Bowl IV.

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33 comments, Last at 11 Feb 2019, 4:59am

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Seymour has a slightly better resume: 3 AP1; 2 AP2; 7 PB and AllDecade 1st Team against 2 AP1, 5 PB and AllDecade 2nd Team.

However, Law (who is also in his 2nd year of eligibility) had more iconic moments (Warner's Pick-6 in the SB; dominating Peyton) than Seymour and he was good even before Belichick's arrival in NE.

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Who else from the Pats' defense has a chance? (Majority of career in NE only) Only one coming to mind is Wilfork, and the Hall doesn't usually have much love for NTs.

Edit: Could ask the same for offense, after Brady and Gronk. I don't see any of Scarnecchia's chess pieces getting in, though he should (if OL coaches can qualify.)

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Richard Seymour (3/7/00s) should get in a few years down the road. Vince Wilfork (1/5/none) is possible but unlikely. Rent-a-player Junior Seau is already in, and another such player, Darrelle Revis, should be a lock.

Otherwise, of course Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Bill Belichick. Probably Robert Kraft. Outside possibility for Logan Mankins (3/7/????).

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It's nice that Gil Brandt is still around at the age of 85 to enjoy this honor. He, Tom Landry and Tex Schramm were all with the Cowboys from their inception in 1960 right through till Jerry Jones purged them in 1989.

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I don't have any issues with any of the players inducted. Glad for all of them.

I am tired of all the owners getting in. I want a new rule; no owners until they are no longer owners. Players and coaches can't get in while they're still active. I don't even remember any current commissioners getting in. Why are owners the exception? No more owners until they are no longer active owners.

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Glad to see Brandt get in, according to some of the things I read on him years ago he helped modernise a lot of scouting and systems he developed or popularised likely improved the quality of the players and play in the whole league.

I can understand both sides of argument about Owners going in or not, but if they are going to go in Bowlen seems like a reasonable choice and I hope he has enough marbles left to at least understand that he has been honoured. Seemed ridiculous to put someone like Jones in before him, especially under Bowlen's diminishing health circumstances.

Seems like quite a few first ballot inductees this year, but they all deserve it. Agree too that it is nice to see someone like Mawae get in directly and not have to wait for seniors committee.

Still think there is a case for having a big bonus class some year to break some logjams and recognise some of those passed by. Maybe 100th anniversary of the league coming up will be a good enough excuse to do that.

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Peripheral but important folks (Brandt)...owners..and "D" is well represented in this class.
Whenever I look at a team, I look *first* at OC's/DC's, then QB's & go from there. People
who are asst's are super important. I include GM's as assistants. Corny but it does
take a village to succeed in NFL

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The last two Hall of Fame classes have been incredible - true Hall of Famers, the best of the best. (And interestingly, no quarterbacks or running backs.) Imagine the class of 2018 lining up against the class of 2019. Moss and TO squaring off with Champ, Ty Law and Ed Reed. Gonzalez lining up opposite guys like Ray Lewis, Urlacher and Dawkins. Really nice positional mix of the greatest players of the past decade.

People have complained for years about the backlog of players for NFL Hall of Fame and over-representation of the skill positions, especially QB. But when I look at the Hall of Fame I feel like this is what it is supposed to be - the absolute best of the best. By comparison, the MLB class of 2018 was Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Jim Thome and Alan Trammell. All very nice players but all second or third tier Hall of Famers. (2019 was a little better with Mariano Rivera but otherwise similar.) I think the NFL has it right.

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Re the BBHoF, Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, and Alan Trammell are within the top 11 all time at their position by WAR and very much within elite level for their positions. Guerrero is more a second-tier guy, but very deserving.

Given the standards for relievers, Trevor Hoffman is reasonable enough.

Jack Morris, though, shouldn’t be getting in the Hall without a ticket. His adjusted numbers are about in the range of Milt Pappas and Carlos Zambrano.

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The “best of the best” HoF idea is a small hall one that doesn’t match that reality in baseball or football. That ship sailed long ago when guys like Tommy McCarthy and Joe Guyon got in their respective Halls.

I’m all for a “fair hall” that reflects a reasonable standard based on what admittance practice has been.

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Congratulations to all the new inductees! All the players are very deserving, including Senior Johnny Robinson. Gil Brandt is a reasonable GM type to elect. Least taken with Pat Bowlen, but at least he’s in and off the table (he’s at least better than Eddie DeBartolo and Charles Bidwill, though that’s not saying a ton).

Was surprised that it was Kevin Mawae who broke through the OL logjam, but he’s certainly deserving. Also surprised a bit that Steve Atwater leapfrogged over John Lynch, who has been a finalist several times.

Would be fine with any of the players who were finalists getting elected to varying degrees. Am on the fence with Coryell (you have to give him a lot of innovator credit), and not supportive of Flores.

Next year should be a catch-up year, with Troy Polamalu the only likely first ballot guy (Patrick Willis and Reggie Wayne will also likely get in eventually). My guess for the regular electees next year: Polamalu, James, Atwater, Boselli, and Hutchinson. Your guess is as good as mine for the Seniors. The viable Contributor options are thinning out, with Art McNally, Bob Kraft, Steve Sabol, and George Young the best choices, and it would be nice to have someone like McNally or Kraft on deck as they’re still alive.

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Regular season W-L and pct.

Dungy. 139-69 .668
Coryell. 111-83-1 .572
Flores. 97-87 .527

Dungy has a significant advantage over both, with Flores the weakest.

Flores has 2 titles, Dungy 1, Coryell 0.

Flores has a minimal advantage over Dungy, who has a minimal advantage over Coryell.

Dungy took a non-winning franchise (Bucs) and another inconsistent one (Colts) and turned them into winners, getting average postseason performance (9-10) though had twice as many postseason games as the other two. Coryell took two dysfunctional franchises (Cards, Chargers) and turned them around, though he bombed in the postseason (3-6). Flores took over a successful team (Raiders) but bombed when he went to Seattle, did well in the postseason (8-3).

Dungy has some advantage over the other two.

Dungy gets innovator credit for helping create the Tampa-2 defense. Coryell gets innovator credit for Air Coryell. Flores has no such credit that I know of.

Dungy and Coryell have similar advantage over Flores.

Sum total, Dungy has a stronger case than the other two, best I can see.

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Good argument. None of them belong in my opinion.

Dungy's case isn't that strong which is why I said the bar had been lowered. Plus Gruden won the Super Bowl which Dungy could not do with the same team.

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Let's unpack that a little. Granted that Gruden won the Super Bowl with Dungy's players, is there any way you would argue that Gruden was a better coach overall than Dungy? I mean, Gruden couldn't even make the Super Bowl with the Raiders and then Bill Callahan did it with the same team.

Gruden had a run with the Raiders that was roughly equivalent to what Dungy did with the Bucs. Then Dungy was even better with the Colts, winning 11+ games every year with 1 SB win. Gruden won 1 SB with the Bucs and then the team fell apart.

I don't think it's absurd to argue that Dungy could also have won the SB with the Bucs if he'd stayed. Unless you somehow think it was Gruden, known to be a offensive coach, who somehow took the Bucs defense to the next level.