This might spark a reaction.
According to National Football Post columnist Joe Fortenbaugh, Andy Reid is the 15th best coach in the NFL. In an article in which he power ranked every NFL coach, Reid stumbled down the list and is ranked below coaches such as John Fox (Denver Broncos), Jim and John Harbaugh (49ers and Ravens) and even Mike Munchank (Titans). The list ranked Jim Schwartz of the Detroit Lions as numero uno, and had Sean Payton (due to his suspension and violation of conduct) in last place.
Here was Fortenbaugh’s explanation for Reid’s big slide:
If this were merely a ranking of head coaches based on success over an extended period of time, Reid’s resume would warrant a spot higher up the list. But he dropped the ball in 2011 with an unimpressive 8-8 record despite a roster that was oozing at the seams with talent. Still, it’s tough to overlook five trips to the NFC Championship game and a regular season record of 126-81-1 (.609) in 13 years on the job.
Although what he claims is dead accurate — Reid totally flopped in 2011 with a team loaded with talent — 15 seems just a tinge low to me. Philadelphia was only one game out of the playoffs, finished at .500, and Reid was able to right the ship in the final stretch of the season. Albeit, expectations were much higher at the start of the year, but Reid still managed to win some impressive games against quality teams.
Here’s the thing — in a non-lockout year, Philadelphia likely would have made the playoffs. But Reid and the massive wave of new talent that was signed last off-season were forced into learning an entirely new system in almost no time at all. That may be a weak excuse, but Reid is a better coach than a 1-4 start to the regular season, and we all know it. The kicker is that, despite having an excellent career, Reid may still get kaboshed if he doesn’t win the big game or make massive leaps and bounds in 2012.
If I were to rank Reid, I’d place him directly at No. 10.
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