Chuck Noll was the coach that turned a joke into a proud champion
When Chuck Noll took over the Steelers in 1969, the franchise was still the punchline of the NFL. They saw little success throughout their 36 years of existence to that point. Noll was a man that saw a vision for the future of this organization. and that turned everything around. He was a stern man, but someone that was respected.
He would start by going off his scouting department and trusting what was said to him about potential draft targets. He would start off by taking Joe Greene in 1969 and the rest was history. Noll was able to find talents in the draft with the help of his staff. That turned into coaching that was able to keep and develop players into high-level guys.
He makes the top four here on Mount Rushmore because without Noll's vision to turn this club around, there are no dynasty teams in the 70s. He had a tremendous number of years that created a successful stretch of winning for the Steelers. It all started with this hire and his stability to keep the team moving in the right direction.
One of the hardest things to fathom is the lack of notoriety that Noll does not receive by most. They rarely include his name when they look at the all-time coaches throughout NFL history. Noll could care less about ever making that list, but he deserves more credit. He was able to help develop a slew of Hall of Fame players during his tenure.