By John Turney
We don't care that much about coaches and the Hall and even less about so-called contributors. Some players in the Hall of Fame don't like it that owners like Eddie DeBartolo, Jerry Jones, and Pat Bowlen wear the same jacket as they do. These recent owners are not pioneers like the Maras or Rooneys, for example. And to some degree, not 100%, we agree with those Gold Jackets who are a bit dubious of recent owners getting in the HOF with such frequency.
Regardless, here is a list of names to look for in media reports and 'chatter'.
So, who might compose the preliminary list of eight coaches?
Tom Flores—2 Super Bowl wins, first Hispanic coach, will get 'trailblazer' credit.
Don Coryell—Innovator in offensive football.
Buddy Parker—Two championships, some innovations.
Clark Shaughnessy —Innovator in offensive football.
Jimmy Johnson—Two Championships, innovator.
Mike Shanahan—Two championships, known as excellent offensive coordinator.
Dan Reeves—Went to four Super Bowls, high on the all-time wins list.
George Seifert—Two championships, known as excellent offensive coordinator.
Mike Holmgren—One title, two losses, known as an innovative offensive coach.
George Young—Many time NFL Executive of the Year.
Steve Sabol—The driving force behind NFL Films.
Carroll Rosenbloom—Key player in hiring Pete Rozelle, AFL-NFL merger, 3 titles.
Bucko Kilroy—Scout and player, successful in both.
Art Modell—Owner who is credited
Ralph Hay—Recognized as driving force in formin the APFA (NFL)
Robert Kraft—The most successful recent owner. Personal issues will delay induction but induction, at some point is inevitable.
Seymour Siwoff—Head of Elias Sports, the godfather of NFL statistics. If it has to do with the numbers (fantasy football, metrics, etc.) then Siwoff is responsible.
Paul Tagliabue—He's getting some press attention but much if it is negative. We will see.
As far as coaches we'd rate Flores as a front runner, but for those who think he's a lock, we'd say that to promote only the positives and ignore the so-so seasons he coaches is a mistake.
Jimmy Johnson's ability to scout talent, the fact he took a team at the bottom to the top and perfected the draft value chart works well for him. Siefert and Flores kind of 'gravy-trained' their first titles—taking over a competitive team.
It will be an interesting process and we will follow it for you.