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You have to include Mike Holmgren in the category of most coveted retired coaches along with four other guys -- Jon Gruden, Bill Cower, Mike Shanahan and of course Marty Schottenheimer.
Why Marty? Well, he's never done anything but take losing teams and turn them into winners. The only glare against him is that he's never won in the playoffs and taken a team to the Super Bowl. But he has won more games than just about any other coach and even some teams.
Then you look Mike Shanahan. You're damn right he should be on that list. You cannot buy his kind of wisdom. Not at 32. It'd be like taking a 32-year-old senator and putting him in as president.
I don't know Josh McDaniels personally, but I bet if he had to do it over again he would have done things differently as far as Jay Cutler goes. He's learned a tough lessson, but that's what wisdom is. When you've been in the game for years you develope a breadth of it and that's invaluable.
As far as I go, I would like to think I have the credentials to be on the list -- you don't get to the Super Bowl by accident -- but at 72 years-old I just don't have the stamina to do it anymore, at least not at the level that I demand. Of course, I'd like to coach again, but there comes a time when you know that the wisdom cannot compensate for the lack of stamina. Even if you surround yourself with good people someone has to teach, correct and lead them day in and day out.
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