I have to say this about Mooch, he was GIVEN a great team in SF. His first season they went 14-2, but lost to GB in the playoffs. He couldn't control T.O. (although who can
) and his teams went down hill after his first season. People claimed this was salary cap stuff left over from 'the Dynasty' days, but I think Detroit proved that may not have been true.
I can't say if Millen was the soul pusher for 3, yes 3!, first round WR choices in three years but that didn't help Mooch. I really believe that 9 out of 10 times you are going to build a champion with a solid defense before a shoot out offense. Mooch IS NOT a defensive coach and I know for a fact he runs a 'protect the ball' drill every practice. Turnovers kill you, but with the team he has I think they could spend some more time on something other than that.
People keep saying Mooch is a 'great' coach. If he ever builds his own Super Bowl team from a broken franchise then we can talk, but until then he just got a chance to coach Steve Young/Jerry Rice and a strong 49er D right out of the box. That is like saying Mora JR is a 'great' coach. I think there are more than 90% of people on this site that honestly believe they could have come into Atlanta 2 seasons ago and posted the same record as Mora... come on... you know it is in the back of your mind somewhere