I've seen this discussion on a number of sites, including NFL.com, and the debate annoys me on a couple of levels. First, they claim to be discussing the greatest of all time, but most don't go further back than Walsh & Montana. Second, they are positively abusive in some cases if you do, thinking that football only started in 1980 or 1966.
I have my own list that of the 5 greatest coach/QB combos in history, and I saw three of them in their prime. I'd like to put it out here and see what everyone else thinks. The list after the jump.
1. Vince Lombardi/Bart Starr - 5 championships in 9 seasons, out of 6 attempts (6 championship games in 9 years!), including the first two Super Bowls.
2. Paul Brown/Otto Graham - 11 championship appearances in 12 years, 7 wins (4 in the AAFC, 3 in the NFL). Unbelievable consistency and excellence.
3. George Halas/Sid Luckman - 4 championships in 13 years, 5 appearances.
4. Bill Walsh/Joe Montana - 3 championships in 10 years, no losses.
5. Chuck Noll/Terry Bradshaw - 4 championships in 12 years, no losses.
Sorry Pats fans, but Belichick & Brady aren't even top 5 material in my book. What does everyone else think?