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Steve Czaban is a 25 year sports radio veteran, who hosts an afternoon drive show in Washington D.C. "Czabe" also writes and edits his own commentaries for www.czabe.com and other on-line and print publications. He can be reached at czabe@yahoo.com.

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    All Hail Coach Pop!!!

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    Well stated, Czabe. I’m one who believes the greatness of coaching is only seen by those behind the curtain, in the preparation, and the stories are rarely shared by someone other than a burned out has-been with an axe to bear, whose story is then quickly swept under the proverbial rug. Of course, in my mind, those same great coaches will never say look over here, here’s the REAL composer of this concerto you just witnessed…they tend to stand off to the side and let the athletes have their moment; I.e. Herb Brooks or Bill Belichick.
    Keep the articles coming! Miss you and the boys on air.

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    Tommy McIntyre

    As far as the impact a coach has on a team’s success, i’d say it’s like 35-65 coach to player. You can have the greatest coach of all time telling people exactly what they should do to be successful, but in the end it ALWAYS comes down to execution. If you can’t run the plays correctly, if you can’t hustle, if you can’t get creative, your team will fail, no matter who coaches. So to say that Phil was this “Red Aurbach of the modern day” is silly. Phil came up with a halfway decent offensive scheme that played really well when used properly and with minimal mistakes. Add all that with freakish talents like Michael and Kobe and you get remarkably successful franchises. what’s maddening isn’t even the fact that Phil got lucky with who he coached, it’s just that he takes credit for all of it. as if his coaching is what made Michael unstoppable in crunch time or what made Shaq so dominant in the paint, etc. stupid.

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    John Gruden taking Dungie’s team to the super bowl and winning laughably easy against his old team that was still running his offense. Jim Caldwell’s run in Indy are two more just off the top of my head

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    Scott Adcock

    Don’t forget about Shaq. He was the star for three of those titles.

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    “Brilliant” Thanks Czabe , got me through breakfast.

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    Close comp has to be Mike Holmgren who was a success as a coach when the talent was in place but an absolute front office disaster especially with the Browns. As a Vikings fan couldn’t be happier with how that turned out…


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