I just saw 2012 NFL coach rankings over at Sporting News, and the list was so ridiculous I had to post about it. Here’s all you need to know: Bill Belichick was second. No. 2. As in not first. The coach with a .724 regular season winning percentage and 17-7 playoff record in New England is not first. Here’s the writer’s explanation:
So why isn’t Belichick in the No. 1 slot? Because he has lost three consecutive games to Coughlin, including two Super Bowls. Lifetime, Belichick is 1-5 against Coughlin.
It should go without saying that basing rankings of any sort off of six head-to-head matchups isn’t exactly the most effective way to go about the task. Lots of coaches near the bottom of the list have great winning percentages against the list’s top coaches. . .so what? It is so obvious that Belichick is the best coach in the NFL that I really can’t imagine how someone could legitimately rank anyone ahead of him.
So here are your real 2012 NFL coach rankings. . .
1. Bill Belichick, Patriots: See above.
2. Andy Reid, Eagles: Pains me to say it, but Reid is an outstanding coach and one of the best game-planning coaches in the league.
3. Mike McCarty, Packers: The Packers don’t win the Super Bowl without him.
4. Tom Coughlin, Giants: He’s still overrated because he got really lucky twice when his team got hot late in the season. Giants were probably not a top five team both years.
5. Mike Smith, Falcons: One of the most underrated coaches in the NFL; excellent fourth down decisions
6. Mike Tomlin, Steelers: Great coach due to motivation, respect; not as great in-game
7. Jim Schwartz, Lions: Will eventually be top five coach; perhaps most unknown commodity in the league
8. Jason Garrett, Cowboys: I give him flack, but Garrett is on the right track. He’s a better coach than the record indicates. And the Sporting News writer is out of his mind for ranking him 23rd behind Ron Rivera, Norv Turner, Mike Munchak, Romeo Crennel, Mike Shanahan, et al.
9. John Harbaugh, Ravens: Like his brother, a great motivator
10. Jim Harbaugh, 49ers: I personally guarantee the 49ers won’t come close to 13 wins in 2012; they’ll be lucky to win 10.
11. Rex Ryan, Jets: Tough call because he’s an outstanding coordinator, but not necessarily a great coach.
12. Lovie Smith, Bears: I really don’t even know what to think about Lovie.
13: Chan Gailey, Bills: Gailey didn’t get it done in Dallas, but he’s not an awful coach.
14. John Fox, Broncos: Pedigree only; I don’t think he’s a great coach by any means.
15. Jeff Fisher, Rams: Perhaps the biggest di*k on this list
16. Norv Turner, Chargers: Another good play-caller/average coach
17. Mike Shanahan, Redskins: One of the most overrated coaches in the league
18. Gary Kubiak, Texans: Needs to win now.
19. Pete Carroll, Seahawks: Not a college coach ranking
20. Ron Rivera, Panthers: Good job in 2011, but I don’t necessarily agree with his philosophy.
21. Joe Vitt, New Orleans Saints: I’m rating Vitt this high simply because he’s learned from Sean Payton, one of the premiere coaches in the league.
22. Mike Munchak, Titans: Titans overachieved at 9-7 last year
23. Leslie Frazier, Vikings: Hmmm?
24. Greg Schiano, Bucs: A guy I think will be a good coach despite philosophical differences from me, similar to the Harbaugh brothers; could be top 15 in 2013
25. Mike Mularkey, Jaguars: Time will tell.
26. Romeo Crennel, Chiefs: Would be higher as a coordinator
27. Marvin Lewis, Bengals: Lucky to coach in Cincy or he’d be jobless
28. Chuck Pagano, Colts: See Mularkey
29. Joe Philbin, Dolphins: See Mularkey
30. Dennis Allen, Raiders: See Mularkey
31. Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals: Will be fired mid-season
32. Pat Shurmur, Browns: Really didn’t like what Cleveland did in the draft
That’s all, folks!
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