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Is the Broncos' coaching job the best in football?

He makes a pretty good case: It's a nice place to live, and an easy place to attract free agents. Ownership is solid but not meddlesome and gives Mike Shanahan plenty of control -- perhaps even too much, Cowherd correctly pointed out. And the fans are loyal and feverish, but not Duracell-throwing lunatics like Philly's or so-drunk-they're-asleep-by-half-time like Buffalo's.

Cowherd also pointed to the University of Texas, and that's where his list stopped. Those are the only truly great coaching jobs. It seems random and absurd, but I'm having trouble coming up with alternatives: The Cowboys? Only if you want an owner so intrusive you might wake up and find him in your kitchen. Ohio State? I guess, if you want to be hung form the stadium lights the day you lose to Michigan (and if you want to live in Columbus). USC? Florida? New York Giants? New England Patriots? All great jobs, but they don't meet all of Cowherd'scriteria.

Who am I missing? And is there any reason the Broncos' job isn't the NFL's best? -- Joe Tone


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