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Thursday Cannon Fodder: greats

NFL: JAN 01 Dolphins v Patriots

Good Thursday morning, TSFers. It’s been quite the 24 hours in sports coaching news — Nick Saban retired from Alabama and Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots parted ways. I’m not sure there has ever been a bigger news cycle in coaching news than we’re in the midst of right now.

The pair are two of the greatest coaches in American sport of all time. Nick Saban won six national championships at Alabama and one at LSU. Belichick won six Super Bowls, the most of any coach, with the Patriots. They were era-defining.

I’m not sure where I’d rank them all-time, in part because comparing coaches across sports is incredibly difficult. But they’re up there with the all-time greats. Also in the conversation, in the modern-ish era, are John Wooden, Red Auerbach, Pat Summitt, Mike Krzyzewski, Phil Jackson, Tony La Russa, Joe Torre, and probably a few others that aren’t springing to mind. Help me out in the comments. Who am I missing?

Other than Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, and Arsene Wenger (is that aspirational?) who is in the Saban-Belichick category among football managers?