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Author Topic: Who was the best AFL coach?
Todd-
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Post Who was the best AFL coach?
on: September 2, 2013, 09:50
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Stram, Gillman, Ewbank, Davis...

The AFL had some solid coaching. All four listed are HoF members, though Davis more so for his overall contribution to the game.

Ewbank is the All-Time AFL First team coach, and Gillman heads the second team. Frankly, I think Stram got shorted on that deal. Still, who was the greatest AFL coach?

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on: September 3, 2013, 08:44
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I agree with you about Stram, Todd, and I would be inclined to list him at the top. Ewbank and Gillman were quality coaches, to be sure, but Stram's teams won three AFL titles and he was more innovative than he sometimes gets credit for.

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on: September 3, 2013, 12:11
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I think it has to be Stram. He was certainly the most successful. Three titles, as Keith points out, but also, the winningest coach and team in the league's history. Ewbank brought a winning tradition with him to the Jets from the Colts, and Gillman was also an amazing innovator, but Hank Stram put it all together for the 10 years of the AFL.

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on: September 3, 2013, 12:17
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I think is has to be Stram, Gillman (running a close second) and then Ewbank. In my mind, Weeb got a bit too much love for that Super Bowl III win, with his selection as the AFL All-Time Team Head Coach. Had Al Davis returned to the sidelines instead of the owners box after his short reign as commissioner, he may have taken the top spot. He made some significant changes in the Raiders.

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on: September 3, 2013, 12:53
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As someone who grew up with the AFL Bills from their start it would seem I would include Lou Saban. Even though I think through his coaching I believe he gave the AFL a more valid argument for parity with his fundamentally strong teams in the mid-60's, I believe rather that Hank Stram has to be on the top of list with 3 AFL titles, 2 Super Bowl appearances, and 1 World Championship. Yes, Gillman was more innovative on offense, but there were ways that could be figured out to contain it, hence only 1 AFL title. Ewbank new how to get the most out of Namath. Without Joe Willie, it's a repeat for Oakland in Super Bowl III. He one both league championships as a coach, but only 1 Super Bowl. Yes, it's Stram.

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Post Re: Who was the best AFL coach?
on: September 3, 2013, 20:38
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As much as I want to say Al Davis...we never really had more than a sample size. I have to go with the master himself Sid Gillman

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Post Re: Who was the best AFL coach?
on: March 15, 2014, 14:59
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I have always been hard pressed to pick a "best" on just about anything, but I would go with Sid Gilman here. However, I have always had respect and admiration for Lou Saban, the Buffalo Bills, and their penchant for defensive football. How appropo that a team with a standing imposive Buffalo logo should epitomize the art of defensive football, much like our Charger lightning bolt typifying the quick strike and being the antithesis to the Bills. AFL Football, let's bring it back.

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Post Re: Who was the best AFL coach?
on: July 19, 2014, 07:28
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Great question. Gillman or Stram. Very hard call.

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Post Re: Who was the best AFL coach?
on: August 6, 2014, 16:34
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If the question is rephrased to which coach had the greatest impact, I would throw out John Madden. Less for his coaching and more for his impact off the field. Millions of fans know little or nothing about the AFL, but everyone knows John Madden.

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Post Re: Who was the best AFL coach?
on: August 14, 2014, 01:25
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Quote from jlreif on August 6, 2014, 16:34
If the question is rephrased to which coach had the greatest impact, I would throw out John Madden. Less for his coaching and more for his impact off the field. Millions of fans know little or nothing about the AFL, but everyone knows John Madden.

Even if the question was rephrased to "which coach had the greatest impact", I would go with Al Davis. He alone essentially saved the AFL. But as a coach on the field ...Sid Gilman.

As for millions of fans knowing little or nothing about the AFL, my guess would be their NFC-NFL fans. I can think of 10 cities right off the bat where millions of fans do know about the AFL.

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