Re: Of the 4 professional Boston coaches who deserves to be the highest paid?
posted at 5/18/2011 9:17 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Of the 4 professional Boston coaches who deserves to be the highest paid?
[QUOTE]To answer the question originally asked (how'd the what coaches mean in their sport debate start?)... Hands down, Bill Belichick. Rivers was given the Big 3 and has Ainge. Francona inherited that whole team, and by his own admission in 04 just had to "stay out of their way", and has Epstein and deep pockets from management. Julien hasn't done anything yet. But BB, he took over a team trending horribly down, and in his second season won the SB with an unknown, back-up QB after the $100mil franchise QB got hurt. He made a tough decision to let an injury cost Bledsoe his job, and if you remember at the time, the fans were split 50/50 on that one. He's done so much in the most competitive league, outdrafting and outcoaching his opponents most of the time. He's been dominant, and he runs the whole team. In fact, in my estimation, you could add up the other 3 salaries, and that amount would be fair in comparison to the other Boston coaches in my mind.
Posted by ma6dragon9[/QUOTE]
All good points, but right now Doc seems like the more important commodity to me. BB is getting dangerously close to the 'what have you done for me lately' category, which is produce some great regular seasons. There are way more guys coaching in the NFL who have won championships, than there are in the NBA. The Brady/Bledsoe thing was 10 years ago. Other NFL franchises have been roughly as consistent as the Pats have over the last 6 years. Pitt, Balt, Phi, Indy, SD, NYG, GB, NO, have all had comparable success to the Pats since BB last won a Super Bowl. While the Celtics have without question been the 2nd most dominant team of the last 4 years.
In some ways it is comparing apples and oranges because of the difference of the leagues, which is probably why the importance of coach in sport debate began. The NFL is a league of parity, so as you point out, that makes BB's accomplishments more impressive, where as the NBA is and always will be a stars league, where the teams with the best 1-2 individuals in the league generally rise to the top, regardless of guys 5-12 on the roster.
I just think as the Celtics try to transition out of the KG, Ray, PP, era, having an elite coach, that can attract elite players to want to come play in boston is huge.