Originally posted on Redskins Hog Heaven  |  Last updated 2/6/12

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
There are two lessons to be learned from the Patriots-Giants Super Bowl yesterday. One is that receivers are as important to the passing game as quarterbacks (Patriots receivers let the team down yesterday). The second and more important lesson is the value of standing beside your man. This lesson applies to the Washington Redskins and Mike Shanahan. Bill Belichick has been the football czar of the New England Patriots since 2000. Tom Coughlin has been head coach of the World Champion New York Giants since 2004, the same year Joe Gibbs returned to the Redskins. Longevity in position is an ingredient for winning programs. Art Modell will go down in history as the only man who fired Belichick, as Cleveland's head coach, in 1996. Belichick coached the Browns to the playoffs in 1994, then fell on hard times with a 5-11 season in '95. Even then, Belichick was putting together the ingredients of a Super Bowl team—a task finished by GM Ozzie Newsome. The Browns-Ravens and Patriots franch...
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