SI Players Poll
[Based on a survey of 361 NFL players]
Which head coach is hardest on his players?
Al Tielemans/SI
Bill Parcells, Cowboys.....34%
Tom Coughlin, Giants.....30%
Nick Saban, Dolphins.....11%
Bill Belichick, Patriots.....9%
Marty Schottenheimer, Chiefs.....2%
Bill Cowher, Steelers.....2%
Jon Gruden, Bucs.....2%
Rod Marinelli, Lions.....2%
Eric Mangini, Jets.....2%
John Fox, Panthers.....1%
Which head coach is easiest on his players?
Damian Strohmeyer/SI
Tony Dungy, Colts.....28%
Herm Edwards, Chiefs.....13%
Brian Billick, Ravens.....11%
Dennis Green, Cardinals.....6%
Mike Shanahan, Broncos.....6%
Jim Mora Jr., Falcons.....4%
Lovie Smith, Bears.....3%
Dick Jauron, Bills.....3%
Jon Gruden, Bucs.....2%
Andy Reid, Eagles.....2%
FAST FACTS: Poll taken in preseason; players could not vote for their own coach.... The Broncos' Mike Shanahan tied the recently fired Green with 6% on the "easiest" list.... San Diego's Marty Schottenheimer and just-resigned Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher tied for fifth in the "hardest" category (2.4%).... Three coaches got no votes in either poll: Cleveland's Romeo Crennel, Houston's Gary Kubiak and Green Bay's Mike McCarthy.... Billick typically gives his team two days off after wins, as well as bye weeks entirely off.

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