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Thursday, November 12, 2009
Take your pick: Belichick or Polian?
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Who would you rather have running your team: Bill Polian or Bill Belichick?
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The running debate every time the
New England Patriots
centers on the two great quarterbacks of this generation and which one you'd rather have to run your offense.
But what about the bigger picture?
Sunday's game in Lucas Oil Stadium also will be a rematch of organizational masterminds bound for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Colts president Bill Polian are among the all-time best franchise managers.
If given a choice between the two, which would you rather have running your club?
Here are some notes to help you decide:
15 seasons as head coach (
Regular-season record: 159-92 (.633)
Regular-season record minus start-up seasons: 148-71 (.676)
Playoff record: 27-12 (.692)
Four Super Bowls (not counting three as
New York Giants
and Patriots defensive coordinator)
Three championships (not counting two as Giants defensive coordinator)
Five division titles
Key moves: Opted to stick with
. ... Traded for
. ... First-round draft picks include defensive lineman
, defensive end
, nose tackle
, running back
. ... Has replaced numerous coordinators in New England.
22 seasons as general manager or president (
Regular-season record: 222-137 (.618)
Regular-season record minus start-up seasons: 207-89 (.699)
Playoff record: 16-14 (.533)
Four Super Bowls
11 division titles
Key moves: Hired head coaches Marv Levy in Buffalo and Tony Dungy in Indianapolis. ... Drafted Hall of Fame running back
in the second round. ... Traded for
. ... Drafted quarterback
first overall, wide receiver
, defensive end