Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Bobhaze, Jul 30, 2020.
Yes, great asst coaches under Tom but didn’t go on to success anywhere else .
Gene Stallings- One of the "Junction Boys" at Texas A&M's training camp in 1954 under "Bear" Bryant. After graduation he joined Bryant as an assistant coach in Alabama and was there for their 1961 and 1964 national championships.
He was the Dallas Cowboys secondary coach for 14 years from 1972 to 1985 during which he coached two rookie free agents in 1981, Everson Walls and Michael Downs. They combined for a total of 18 INT's that season. They became part of Thurman's Thieves. That year is still the Cowboy record for most INT's with 37. In fact, 5 of the 6 top seasons in INT's was during the time Stallings was secondary coach.
Stallings was the secondary coach through eight conference championship games and three Super Bowls. His secondaries earned a total of 17 Pro Bowl selections and 4 1st team All Pro.
After leaving the Cowboys he became the HC of the Phoenix Cardinals for 4 seasons and then the HC at the University of Alabama when they won the National Championship in 1992.
All good ones! I remember thinking Ernie Stautner looking like he could still play when he coached our DL. Randy White always spoke very highly of ES.
he was intense on the sidelines.
Randy credited what he learned under Coach Stautner for turning him into a hall of famer.
hi-praise for sure.
Gene Stallings was pure class. I saw him speak one time at a football banquet and he told several great stories about Bear Bryant and Tom Landry. Stallings revered Landry and said many times that his character was such a huge influence on all his coaches and players.
Great story about Stallings when he was coaching at TAM.-In the 1968 Cotton Bowl, his aggies matched up against his old coach The Bear and the Crimson Tide of Ala. The aggies pulled off the upset, and Coach Bryant, showing his class, lifted his former player Stallings on his shoulder after the game. Total class act.
i remember as a kid not only writing my favorite players but numerous times to both Coach Landry and Coach Stautner.
got many responses back from each...letters,autographed photos and all kinds of stickers,pocket schedules,etc...Coach Landry even sent me a Dallas Cowboys Weekly featuring him on the front cover...coaching instructuions thru his bull-horn.
if you want to see an impressive coaching tree, look at those who worked under bill parcells. truly the giant redwood of the coaching tree ranks.
I honestly think Norv might be the best Coordinator weve ever had
and i debate that with myself and probably will pick someone else later
he was the right guy for the job. aikman immediately bought into his system and the rest is history.
Parcells whole staff while here had a long list of recognizable names with varying degrees of career success. Jimmy's crew was decent as well but none accomplished the same success as head guys after leaving. Top to bottom, I take Parcells group.
Sorry, for not doing the whole link or cut/paste of each guy's staff and all the titles they held but it can easily be looked up as I did, lol.
I really like some of our ***'t coaches alot better than some of the head coaches we've had over the years.
Payton is really the key guy with Parcells group. Zimmer was already a long time Cowboy coach before Parcells, and Sporano and Haley didn't fare any better as head coaches than Wannestedt and Davis.
Landry and Parcells both have very impressive coaching trees.
Under Tom Landry, 3 of his former assistants took teams to Super Bowls:
Dan Reeves- took 3 Denver teams and one Atl team to SBs. Sad that he never won one but he was certainly a very successful HC.
Mike Ditka- won a SB with the Bears.
Raymond Berry- forgot to mention him earlier- he was WR coach in Dallas under Landry. He took that ‘85 NE team to a SB against the bears under Ditka.
Coach Parcells has had 4 former assistants take teams toSBs:
Bill Belechick- has 6 rings in 8 SB trips. The GOAT.
Sean Payton- won a SB in 2009 season.
Jim Fassel took the midgets to a SB in the early 2000s.
Tom Coughlin- won two SBs with the midgets in 2007 and 2011.
Parcells has arguably the best coaching tree in NFL history. But Landry is certainly top 3-5 too.
Fassel wasn't a coach under Parcells. He was hired by Parcells, but Parcells resigned before they worked together. Fassel remained as a coach on Ray Handley's Giant staff.
Before this thread falls off the page we also have to give recognition to Ben Agajanian. I guess you could still call him an assistant coach? He served as a kicking coach and mentor to cowboy kickers for 20 years. I guess since he only focused on kickers he never got the recognition that a full-blown special teams coach would get. Guy was really a special kind of a player. Lost four toes in an accident and still went on to kick in the NFL.
Bill Walsh has an incredible coaching tree.
Trivia: was a receivers coach on Cal with Craig Morton
Dick Nolan is another asst coach under Landry. He went on to HC at the 49ers losing to Landry in 70, 71 and 72 playoffs.
Nevermind. There are a bunch of different stories, but wasn't Wade Wilson the one who pounded on the table for Dak Prescott?
Coach Joe, he had the special teams humming in the 90s.