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Bart Starr as Head Coach

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by Forget Favre, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Forget Favre

    Forget Favre Cheesehead

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    A lot of folks on here love and admire Bart Starr as the Green Bay Packers quarter back.
    But what do you know or think of him when he was the head coach?
    Freely share you thoughts and feelings on this.
     
  2. AmishMafia

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    He was a poor coach. He admitted later that he should have had some experience as an assistant coach. One year as an assistant QB coach wasn't enough to prepare him.

    He built an okay team, but I don't think he would ever have gotten us to the Superbowl.
     
  3. lambeaulambo

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    way too conservative. too much run run pass punt
     
  4. Guacamole

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    he stunk it up..nuff said.......lock this thread
     
  5. longtimefan

    longtimefan Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

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    LOL

    I recall a joke back then

    What is

    rrpp

    The Packers playbook..

    I didnt know Starr as a q/b so can't answer that..But as coach he wasnt good at all..
     
  6. gwh11

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    He started out quite badly, but by the time he was fired many of his players thought he had become a very good (or even great) coach. I recall reading several quotes from players who were very surprised that he was let go when he was, thinking that things were still coming together in a positive way. The defense still left a lot to be desired, but behind Dickey, Lofton, Jefferson, Coffman, etc. the offense was turning into an aerial circus that put a lot of points on the board. Obviously in retrospect they would've been a lot better off keeping Starr vs. hiring Gregg. Part of Starr's problems at the beginning (aside from his inexperience and coaching philosophy at the time) stemmed from Devine's infamous Hadl trade which robbed the Packers of important draft picks for a few years after.
     
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  7. Croak

    Croak Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    He struggled as a coach. But you're right. He didn't have the best tools with which to work. Devine left things in a downward spiral. I don't think Starr was experienced enough to pull it out, but I've also heard the players liked him.
     
  8. Bogart

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    I always assumed he was talked into it, cause they wanted someone from the Lombardi days to coach the team. Could be wrong, but overall it just had to be a fan thing of having your favorite quarterback coaching the team.
     
  9. Forget Favre

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    Thank you for your insights and giving me an idea.
    Keep 'em coming if you got 'em.
    And if you have any memorable games when Bart was coaching, share those too.

    I take it from what I'm reading that he didn't have a very good win record as coach?
    Did they even get to one playoff game?
    (I know I could look this stuff up but sometimes it's more fun to discuss.)
     
  10. bhuggins

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    Bart was talked into taking the job and he only took it out of loyalty to the organization. He was dealt a bad situation. The John Hadl trade robbed the Pack of several high draft picks over the next 3 years. Bart was also over-ruled on some draft picks, particularly Joe Montana. Read the book "America's Quarterback: Bart Starr and the Rise of the National Football League" and you will gain an entirely new perspective on his coaching tenure.
     

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