Earlier today Michael Irvin NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver said something that many would believe would just be crazy talk. Irvin came out and said this:
"I think the world of Belichick," Irvin said. He also told the Boston Herald, "I told him this, 'Man, if it was up to me, that trophy would be called the Lombardi/Belichick.' I don't care what they think. It would be called the Lombardi/Belichick. That's how good he is to do what he's doing in this day and age, what the league is now. I would call it the Lombardi/Belichick.". (BostonHerald.com)
After reading what Irvin had to say all I could think about was "absolutely not or should not happen". Many of the best NFL head coaches of all time have stated that Paul Brown who has 7 championships (3 Super Bowl championships, and 4 AAFC championships) and was the first to:
1) Use intelligence tests as a hint to a player's learning potential
2) Use notebooks and classroom techniques extensively
3) Set up complete film clip statistical studies
4) Grade his own players based on film study
5) Started the practice of calling plays from the sideline by sending in alternating players with the play call
What has Bill Belichick changed in the NFL today? Besides being a defensive master mind Belichick hasn't truly changed the game as much as NFL greats Paul Brown, Vince Lombardi, or even Bill Walsh did. Plus doesn't Michael Irvin remember Belichick being found of videotaping opposing team's defensive calls basically spying. This sign for myself and many NFL fans when this happened in 2007 and that still feel that is the ultimate insult to the game. Cheating...come on! Especially when you use film to get the answer you want. It is plain to see that Irvin has forgotten that it happened.
While Irvin did bring this idea up of the Belichick/Lombardi Super Bowl Championship trophy name. Besides the great Cleveland Browns head coach Paul Browns as I mentioned before the only coach in my book that should put his name next to Lombardi is Walsh. Bill Walsh the man who created the West Coast offense and brought the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl championships. Walsh in my book would be the second choice after Brown and Belichick has long time before his name in my book could be put next to Lombardi before Paul Brown and before Bill Walsh.
What coach do you think could ever be put next to Lombardi's name on the Super Bowl trophy?
Or do you think Bill Belichick could be the coach that would join Lombardi?
*Article inspired by: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82b01f11/article/michael-irvin-wants-the-lombardibelichick-trophy
*Information on Paul Brown from profootballhof.com
*All stats obtained on pro-football-reference.com