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November 06, 2006
Which head coach has the best defensive mind?
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November 06, 2006

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Which head coach has the best defensive mind?

Bill Belichick, Patriots 35%
Tony Dungy, Colts 15%
Lovie Smith, Bears 9%
Marvin Lewis, Bengals 8%

Which head coach has the best offensive mind?

Mike Shanahan, Broncos 23%
Mike Holmgren, Seahawks 16%
Jon Gruden, Buccaneers 13%
Tony Dungy, Colts 9%

FAST FACTS Pittsburgh's Bill Cowher was fifth in the "defensive" poll (6.7%); Philadelphia's Andy Reid was fifth in "offensive" (6.7%).... Belichick and Dungy both ranked in the top six of both polls.... Shanahan, whose Broncos have allowed an AFC-low 11.1 points per game was 11th (1.4%) in the "defensive" poll.... Two coaches get no votes in either poll: Oakland's Art Shell and Buffalo's Dick Jauron.... San Diego's Marty Schottenheimer, the NFL's active wins leader with 191, drew less than 1% of the vote for each question.

[Based on a survey of 361 NFL players] ? For an expanded version of the poll, go to