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Peter King
September 02, 2002
SI's ranking of the 32 NFL coaches based on the power they wield within their respective organizations
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September 02, 2002

The Powers That Be

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20. Dick LeBeau, Bengals
Ownership loves the judgment of this surprisingly strong voice in '50s-style front office

21. Brian Billick, Ravens
Don't let the power of Ozzie Newsome fool you; Billick has a major say

22. Marty Schottenheimer, Chargers
Strong front office takes his valuable advice, but his job is to coach

23. Dick Jauron, Bears
Quietly won early power struggles with rookie G.M. Jerry Angelo—and earned a new contract

24. John Fox, Panthers
Hired to coach, but he had decisive say on taking DE Julius Peppers with second pick in draft

25. Steve Spurrier, Redskins
Says he only wants to coach but has as much power as he chooses to exercise

26. Steve Mariucci, 49ers
Suffered loss of favor after flirtation with Bucs and rise of G.M. Terry Donahue

27. Dom Capers, Texans
G.M. Charley Casserly respects his judgment, but Casserly picks the players

28. Gregg Williams, Bills
Trusted implicitly, but ownership will never change its separate G.M. and coach structure

29. Bill Callahan, Raiders
What did you expect when you have a rookie coach working for Al Davis? Just coach, baby

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