By Ryan O’Halloran
Evidently, the bar has been raised for NFL coaches to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame and it will have an impact on current Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.
Bill Parcells won two Super Bowls with the Giants, reached another with New England and coached (or built) playoff teams with the Jets, Dallas and Miami. But he didn’t get the Hall Call on Saturday night.
The shift in voting was officially confirmed.
Getting to the Super Bowl in the old days was enough.
Now, three titles is the requirement.
In the Super Bowl era, which coaches are in:
Vince Lombardi (two), Chuck Noll (four), Don Shula (two), Joe Gibbs (three), Bill Walsh (three), John Madden (one).
In the Super Bowl era, which multiple champion coaches aren’t in and no longer coach:
Parcells, Jimmy Johnson, Tom Flores and George Seifert – all two titles.
Parcells will eventually get into the Hall, but some other interesting coaching facts that exhibit the shift.
George Allen (no titles) got into the Hall, along with Hank Stram and John Madden (one apiece) and two coaches – Bud Grant and Marv Levy – who went 0-4. I don’t dispute their inductions.
Bill Belichick has three titles as a head coach so he’ll get in.
Does Coughlin (two) get in if the Giants don’t win a third title? Tough to say, but beating the Patriots twice could give him a boost.
What about Shanahan? He needs to get to work to join George and Joe as Redskins’ coaches in Canton. Maybe franchising Fred Davis is the start.