Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Munchak is visiting NFL Network on Wednesday. When something like this happens, it feels like a natural topic for a Pick Six. Maybe it could be the six greatest Hall of Famers turned NFL head coaches. That sounds like a great list, but who is the next guy after the clear runaway, Mike Ditka?
Seriously, you know you’re spreading it thin when you are considering Mike Singletary, mini-Ditka from those famed “Saturday Night Live” ‘super fan’ sketches, and Johnny Unitas’ run as a head coach in “Any Given Sunday” (as suggested by senior editor Craig Ellenport).
This list is so flimsy, in fact, that Art Shell would actually land on two separate lists — one for the best Hall of Famers turned coaches (for his first run) and another for the worst Hall of Famers turned coaches (for his last stint). But Shell is one of four Hall of Famers who had a winning record during their time as a head coach.
Here’s the list: Ditka (121-95), Joe Schmidt (43-34-7), Raymond Berry (48-39) and Shell (56-52). It’s worth noting that while he isn’t mentioned, Forrest Gregg did lead the Bengals to the Super Bowl, too.
Of course, this is no indication of how well Munchak is going to perform as a head coach. If anything, this should be viewed as a positive. With one solid season in Tennessee, he’ll crack the top five on this list.