Chuck Noll: No. 5 all time on ESPN list
Chuck Noll, who went from the lowest to the greatest heights in coaching, checks in at No. 5 on ESPN's countdown of the greatest coaches in NFL history.
Noll went 1-13 in his first season with the Pittsburgh Steelers but soon took the franchise to the highest level ever achieved by an NFL team. Taking over a team that had never won a title of any kind, Noll guided the Steelers to four Super Bowl victories in a six-year period. Noll is the only coach to win four Super Bowls.
"I don't see current coaches dealing with players the way he did," former Steelers defensive back Mel Blount said. "It's a different game now, and I see a lot of coaches getting caught up in the media with the way they deal with players. You see it on the sidelines. Chuck Noll was always consistent. You wouldn't see him give a high five if you made a great play or get in your face if you made a bad play. I guess that would make Chuck Noll a dinosaur now."
Noll's teams won nine AFC Central Division championships and they had winning records in 15 of his last 20 seasons with the Steelers. Hall of Famers Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Lambert, Swann and Stallworth played their entire careers under Noll.
Click on the video above to see "Mean" Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw, Mike Tomlin and Jack Lambert discuss why Noll is one of the greatest coaches in NFL history.
TOP 20 COACHES OF ALL TIME
No. 20 -- Tony Dungy: Quiet inspiration
No. 19 -- Mike Shanahan: Make it a double
No. 18 -- Sid Gillman: Airing it out
No. 17 -- Marv Levy: Manager of egos
No. 16 -- Hank Stram: Winner, innovator
No. 15 -- Bud Grant: Model of consistency
No. 14 -- Tom Coughlin: Two Super rallies
No. 13 -- Jimmy Johnson: Filling big shoes
No. 12 -- John Madden: More than a game
No. 11 -- Bill Parcells: Turnaround artist
No. 10 -- Curly Lambeau: Packers founder
No. 9 -- Joe Gibbs: Dominance in D.C.
No. 8 -- Tom Landry: Stoic, inventive
No. 7 -- Bill Belichick: Attention to detail
No. 6 -- Paul Brown: New ways to win
No. 5-- Chuck Noll: A Key to a franchise