So, I was watching an episode of A FOOTBALL LIFE – a documentary series I’ve mentioned before – covering the life and career of Randall Cunningham. And, while the film was interesting based on its intended topic alone, something else stood out to me as I considered the glory days of the NFC East. It’s hard to imagine now, but in the late 80s and early 90s when I started paying attention to football, the power of the league was clearly with the Giants, Cowboys, Redskins, and Eagles (sort of). Now, this is one of the league’s worst divisions. So what’s changed? Coaching.

In the late 80s, the NFC East boasted four head coaches that were unparalleled in their brilliance: Buddy Ryan, Bill Parcells, Tom Landry, and Joe Gibbs. Also of note, amongst the coaching staffs were Jon Gruden, Jeff Fisher, Wade Phillips, Dan Reeves, Bill Belichick, and Tom Coughlin. That is a far cry from the what we’re looking at these days. And, it’s no wonder that the Giants end up on top most seasons. Coaching makes a huge difference. Outside of football, that role is leadership.

Now, on to this week’s games. Here are the winners of the week. (By the way, I was 9-6 last week, for a total of 100-62 on the season).

Ravens, Steelers, Lions…
Packers, Jaguars, Chiefs…
Panthers, Bears…
Colts, Titans, Giants…
Broncos…
49ers…

peace… love… bdg…