In the wake of the unfortunate news over such guys as Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice and Auburn’s Gene Chizik, both of whom are currently not employed as a head coach, NFL.com put together a list of the nine best coaches in football right now.
It was not all about Super Bowl wins or overall record, but that was a big consideration. What was not considered, apparently, was making this a top 10 list (notice there’s only nine coaches ranked), but it’s whatever.
Without further ado …
9. Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
8. Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins
7. Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
6. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers
5. John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens
4. Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers
3. Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers
2. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants
1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
At the bottom of this list we find Reid and Shanahan, two men who would have been at or near the top 10 or so years ago. In fact, both Shanahan and Reid were at the top of their game while the two elder statesmen at the top of this list were at or near the bottom.
Coughlin’s last few years with Jacksonville were good enough to get him fired before heading over to New York. Until Drew Bledsoe went down with a chest injury and an unknown by the name of Tom Brady stepped under center, Belichick was seen as the guy who got recycled from a stint in Cleveland.
In between, young guns abound. McCarthy gets the nod over several other great coaches in Tomlin, the Harbaugh brothers and Sean Payton. Although, Payton proved his worth in having to sit out the entire 2012 season and then watching the Saints struggle all year.
Of course, slotting Jim over John even after older brother’s Ravens beat little bro’s Niners in the Super Bowl is a questionable move. However, Jim Harbaugh gets extra points for hauling San Francisco out of the dumpster and on the cusp of a Lombardi Trophy.