I agree Norton was a great player. I was using him as a counterexample. There are those who subscribe to the theory that the greatest coaches had to be great players, and others who are just the opposite and say "Those who can't do... coach (or teach)".
Richard was a guy that I didn't think was a good enough player, so I jumped to this conclusion in my head that he couldn't be a good coach. Of course he's a good coach, and maybe that's why he made it as a player.
Norton was an exceptional player. Nearly hall of fame worthy. He also is the son of one of the most famous American athletes of this and the past generation. Norton Sr. would be a world heavyweight champion if he were in his prime right now, and nobody would even be close. Unfortunately he fought in the era of the heavyweight, and Ali, Shavers, Holmes, Foreman, Frazier, Spinks, etc. etc. were all fighting at the same time. Norton was STILL known as possibly the hardest hitter that ever lived. Everybody recognized Norton Jr. as an immense talent athletically because of who his father was, but there were questions about his ability to become "great" and something other than a "big hitter". He proved them all wrong, by becoming a great player and not just an athlete. He was an extremely intelligent player, and he has become a great coach, proving that a great player can also become a great coach.
Most great players have a difficult time being a coach, because to many of them it comes very naturally, and they say, "just do it like I did!". Anybody who watched Bill Russell try to coach the Sonics knows what I'm saying, or those who watched Magic Johnson try to coach the Lakers. It was a mess.
Norton will likely become a head coach someday, and may be the best player of his generation that will become a head coach with some staying power. Singletary was an example of a great player (probably the best at his position of that era) and he almost made it, but the player in him won out and doomed his coaching career unfortunately. He is a smart guy. He knows football. He is motivating. He was the calming influence, but also the guy who pushed everybody to be great when playing for the Bears, and he almoooooost was able to be a good head coach, but fell flat. It happens a lot. I think Norton bucks the trend and becomes a head coach someday, and a good one at that.
Sorry for the confusion. Hopefully I didn't further muddle issue.
R.I.P. Dad. I miss you. You will never be forgotten
1/12/39 - 8/7/08