Inside The Pocket #009: Don Shula - The Winning Edge
By Sam Akroyd
Beginning in 2018 and running through 2021, the Collapsing Pocket launched a new series of podcasts looking back at the iconic characters and biggest moments in the NFL, and what makes football the most beautiful – and sometimes the ugliest – sport that we all know & love.
Known as the ‘Inside The Pocket’ series, The Touchdown will be relaunching these twenty episodes as part of the buildup to the 2023 season. The original creators Sam Akroyd, Simon Carroll and Rob Ward look back and offer their thoughts on how these legends and eras shaped the league we see today.
ITP #009: Don Shula - The Winning Edge
First Aired: 14th May 2020
To paraphrase Vince Lombardi “you can chase perfection, knowing you will never attain it but along the way you might catch excellence.” Of all the football coaches to have chased perfection none have come closer to catching it than Don Shula. For all his achievements in the game Shula will forever be known as the man who led the Miami Dolphins to a perfect season, a feat that remains unreplicated.
What lessons can we learn from a man who coached five different Super Bowl quarterbacks amidst a career that saw him retire as the winningest coach in NFL history?
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