Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud
I don't Tomlin is terrific, at all. Most Steelers fans would agree.
McCarthy's done it all, from college to positional coaching to coordinator to head coach. His record was certainly better than "average". The Harbaughs come from a coaching lineage and I don't think anything about Jim or John screams "average".
I know what you're saying. My point is that we often obsess about coaches/coordinators from Super Bowl teams or dynasties, or retreads. Harbaugh was a special teams coach. McCarthy was coordinator for two pretty average offenses in SF/New Orleans. You don't have to coach an all-world offense or defense to be a very good head coach. These days, I think it's a hell of a lot more about your ability to motivate, teach, and discipline players than it is about X's and O's.