Top 10 Super Bowl defensive coaching jobs

Posted Jan. 27, 2010 @ 10:18 a.m.
Posted By Bob McGinn

1. Steve Spagnuolo, Giants, XLII: The Patriots had killed teams all season. The Giants and Spagnuolo had the perfect antidote.

2. Bill Belichick and Romeo Crennel, Patriots, XXXVI: Mug Marshall Faulk wherever he goes. Body Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. Don't blitz Kurt Warner. The "Greatest Show on Turf" ran aground.

3. Richie Petitbon and Larry Peccatiello, Redskins, XXVI: Used a nickel defense most of the way (CB Darrell Green played safety) and kept the Bills' top-ranked offense completely off-kilter.

4. George Seifert, 49ers, XIX: Could anybody stop Dan Marino? The 49ers did. In an almost unprecedented move, Seifert played a nickel defense over the last three quarters, and the "Marks Brothers" (Clayton and Duper) never got on track.

5. Gregg Williams, Titans, XXXIV: The Titans' 17th-ranked defense held the Rams' top-ranked offense to a standstill until Isaac Bruce escaped with that underthrown pass.

6. Greg Robinson, Broncos, XXXII: No one before or since has ever run more zero blitzes in a Super Bowl than Robinson. Brett Favre and the Packers adjusted to weak-side blitzing the next season, just not in time to save their budding dynasty.

7. Buddy Ryan, Bears, XX: The Patriots weren't exactly chopped liver, but playing at a fever pitch for their departing coordinator, the Bears suffocated Tony Eason and Co.

8. Bud Carson and George Perles, Steelers, IX: Using the stunt 4-3 drawn up by defensive-line coach Perles, the Steelers controlled the line of scrimmage and the Vikings in the chill of old Tulane Stadium.

9. Marvin Lewis, Ravens, XXXV: In the NFC Championship game, the Giants ran up 518 yards and 41 points against Minnesota. Against a Ravens' defense that had no weaknesses, the Giants settled for 152 yards and 7 points.

10. George Seifert, 49ers, XXIII: With six Pro Bowlers, Cincinnati had one of the league's most prolific offenses. Operating against a 49ers defense that seldom huddled and let LB Riki Ellison communicate the calls, the Bengals had their worst game of 1988.

Honorable Mentions: Ernie Stautner, Cowboys, VI; Dave Wannstedt, Cowboys, XXVII; Charlie Sumner, Raiders, XV; Chuck Studley, 49ers, XVI; Bob Zeman, Raiders, XI.

 

Bob McGinn, the author of "The Ultimate Super Bowl Book," has covered the Green Bay Packers and the NFL for 30 years, including the last 19 for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He has been Pro Football Weekly's correspondent in Green Bay since the early 1980s. McGinn spent 4½ years interviewing more than 150 head coaches, assistant coaches, players, general managers, scouts and owners, as well as studying tapes of every game, in preparation for writing his book. His objective was to break down why each game was won. "The Ultimate Super Bowl Book," published by MVP Books, is available at mvpbooks.com, Amazon.com and book stores across the country. It contains more than 25 top-10 lists, a comprehensive statistical summary of each game and a list of Super Bowl records.