Who is the greatest coach in NFL history?

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Published: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 - 6:38 am

Tuesday is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach who led the Green Bay Packers to three NFL championships and victories in the first two Super Bowls.

He's so legendary, the Super Bowl trophy is named for him.

To mark the occasion, ESPN has been counting down the 20 greatest coaches in NFL history based on the voting of 22 ESPN hosts, analysts, television and radio commentators and ESPN.com writers.

On Sunday, the network announced Don Shula as No. 3, ahead of George Halas, Chuck Noll, Paul Brown, Bill Belichick, Tom Landry, Joe Gibbs and Curly Lambeau.

We have issues with some of the choices, most notably Shula ahead of Halas and Brown – sure, Shula won two Super Bowls with the Dolphins, but he didn't win one coaching Johnny Unitas and Dan Marino in their prime – and John Madden too low at No. 12.

No. 2 will be announced today, followed by Tuesday's No. 1.

Since Lombardi's name hasn't appeared on the list, we assume he's one of the top two.

The other prominent name not in ESPN's top 20? Yup, the 49ers' Bill Walsh, who won three Super Bowls in 10 seasons.

Though it's a no-brainer ESPN will annoint Lombardi No. 1 – after all, the announcement is timed to the anniversary of his birth – we figure 49ers fans will argue that "The Genius" should be No. 1.

What to watch

"Lombardi's Legacy," ESPN2, 8 p.m.: If you haven't seen it yet, check out this replay of what Lombardi meant to NFL coaching.

Today's poll

Who's the greatest coach in NFL history?

• Paul Brown

• George Halas

• Vince Lombardi

• Chuck Noll

• Don Shula

• Bill Walsh

• Other

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field

Weekend poll results

Who is the best active point guard in the NBA?

• Tony Parker: 57%

• Chris Paul: 24%

• Rajon Rondo: 7%

• Derrick Rose: 5%

• Deron Williams: 2%

• Other: 5%

Total votes: 229

Call The Bee's Tom Couzens, (916) 321-1097. Follow him on Twitter @tomcouzens.

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