A look at Paul Brown on Fathers Day

I thought it fitting to take a look at the father of the Cincinnati Bengals, Paul Brown, on Fathers Day.

Originally, Paul Brown was the first coach of the Cleveland Browns, a team named after him, and then he later played a role in founding the Cincinnati Bengals.

His teams won seven league championships in a professional coaching career spanning 25 seasons. Before the pro's however, Brown was a high school coach that garnered a lot of attention. His high school teams lost only 10 games in 11 seasons. He was then hired at Ohio State University and coached the school to its first national football championship in 1942.

From the Bengals, Brown moved on to be head coach of the Browns, who won four AAFC championships before joining the NFL in 1950. Brown coached the Browns to three NFL championships – in 1950, 1954 and 1955 .

The Bengals named their home stadium Paul Brown Stadium in honor of Brown and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967. He was the first coach to use game film to scout opponents, hire a full-time staff of assistants, and test players on their knowledge of a playbook. He invented the modern face mask, the scout squad and the draw play.

The legacy of Paul Brown has debated in all areas of the NFL. Some have fond memories of him coauthoring the west coast offense, while others have not so fond memories of a man that controlled with an iron fist. Love him or hate him, you can not argue the influence Brown has had on the NFL. Take a look below at some of the names on his coaching tree just to see how wide his influence traveled.

A coaching tree is a graphical depiction of the former assistant coaches of a certain head coach that then went on and became head coaches. The tree also shows the next generations of head coaches at each layer.

Paul Brown

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Blanton Collier
Charlie Bradshaw
Bud Moore
Leeman Bennett
Chuck Knox
Homer Rice
Ray Callahan
Charley Pell
Leon Fuller
Chan Gailey
Bill Arnsparger
Marty Schottenheimer
John McVay
Mike Archer
Mike Nolan
John North
Don Shula
Don McCafferty
Bill Arnsparger
Chuck Noll
Howard Schnellenberger
Monte Clark
Dan Henning
Dave Shula
Mike Shula
Howard Schnellenberger
Pete McCulley
Mike Archer
Kim Helton
Jim Caldwell
Danny Hope
Gary Nord
Leeman Bennett
Jerry Glanville
Jim Stanley
Don Lawrence
Kim Helton
Chuck Knox
Leeman Bennett
Ray Malavasi
Dick Vermeil
Ken Meyer
Kay Stephenson
Tom Flores
Mike Martz
Nick Skorich
Jerry Williams
Forrest Gregg
Bob Voigts
Red Conkright
Weeb Ewbank
Frank Lauterbur
John Bridgers
Hayden Fry
Pete McCulley
Don McCafferty
Hank Bullough
Red Miller
Rick Forzano
Raymond Berry
Chuck Knox
Leeman Bennett
Ray Malavasi
Dick Vermeil
Ken Meyer
Kay Stephenson
Tom Flores
Mike Martz
Clive Rush
John Mazur
Walt Michaels
Dan Henning
Joe Walton
Chris Palmer
Buddy Ryan
Wade Phillips
Jeff Fisher
Rich Kotite
Guy Morriss
Rex Ryan
Ken Meyer
Ed Biles
Dick Nolan
Charley Winner
Red Miller
Rick Forzano
Leeman Bennett
Buddy Ryan
Sam Rutigliano
Bill Walsh
Rod Dowhower
Jim Fassel
George Seifert
Ray Handley
Brad Childress
Ken Whisenhunt
Woody Widenhofer
Dennis Green
Jim Caldwell
Ron Turner
Brian Billick
Tyrone Willingham
Tony Dungy
Mike Tice
George Seifert
Ray Rhodes
Mike Holmgren
Jon Gruden
Mike Shanahan
Jeff Fisher
Tom Holmoe
Gary Kubiak
Bo Pelini
Pete Carroll
Mike White
Roger Theder
Paul Hackett
Walt Harris
Mike Riley
Al Saunders
Gunther Cunningham
Brad Childress
Bill Callahan
Shawn Watson
Joe Bugel
John Fox
Jim Fassel
Sam Wyche
Dick LeBeau
Bruce Coslet
Dave Shula
Mike Mularkey
Bruce Coslet
Charlie Weis
Pete Carroll
Greg Robinson
Walt Harris
Dick LeBeau
Ray Rhodes
Jon Gruden
Bill Callahan
David Shaw
Sean Payton
John Harbaugh
Jeff Jagodzinski
Mike McCarthy
Paul Hackett
Paul Hackett
Mike McCarthy
Marvin Lewis
Jon Gruden
Chris Petersen
Ed Orgeron
Hue Jackson
Mike Holmgren
Dick Jauron
Steve Mariucci
Jon Gruden
Ray Rhodes
Andy Reid
Marty Mornhinweg
Mike Sherman
Jim Zorn
Jim Mora Jr
Tom Holmoe
Tom Cable
Terry Shea
Bill "Tiger" Johnson
Mike McCormack
Dick LeBeau
Walt Michaels
Homer Rice
Leeman Bennett
Ray Callahan
Mike McCormack
Frank Gansz
Rick Forzano
Lou Holtz
Bobby Ross
Bo Rein
Chuck Amato
Charlie Taaffe
Dan Henning
Monte Kiffin
Pete Carroll
John Jenkins
Rick Minter
Houston Nutt
John Palermo
Jeff Horton
John Gutekunst
Ron Cooper
Barry Alvarez
Gary Darnell
Skip Holtz
Peter Vaas
Bob Davie
Dave Roberts
Charlie Strong
Urban Meyer
Joker Phillips
Sam Rutigliano
Dick MacPherson
Rich Kotite
Marty Schottenheimer
Paul Hackett
Leeman Bennett
Jerry Glanville
Jim Stanley
Don Lawrence
Kim Helton
Joe Bugel
Frank Gansz
Don Lawrence
Rod Rust
Jim Stanley
Wade Phillips
Frank Gansz
Bum Phillips
Pete McCulley
Mike White
Frank Gansz
Les Steckel
Fred O'Connor
Jerry Glanville
June Jones
Kim Helton
Nick Saban
Kevin Gilbride
Tom Rossley
Raymond Berry
Rod Rust
Guy Morriss
Tommy Hudspeth
LaVell Edwards
Dave Kragthorpe
Bill Belichick
Bill Belichick
Nick Saban
Al Groh
Jim Schwartz
Woody Widenhofer
Kirk Ferentz
Rod Dowhower
Charlie Weis
Eric Mangini
Romeo Crennel
Josh McDaniels
Bill O'Brien
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