Andy Reid Places No. 15 in Coaching Power Rankings

Big Red at No. 15?!

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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11 Responses to “Andy Reid Places No. 15 in Coaching Power Rankings”

  1. Eaglescouch says:

    Besides the guys you named, I put Reid above Lewis, Rex Ryan and Lovie Smith. The only reason Lewis is on this list is because they made the playoffs last year.

  2. I think Fortenbaugh gave a perfectly legit explanation as to why Reid was 15th. Middle of the pack — because that’s exactly what the Eagles as a team were last season. A middle of the pack, average club.

    In fact, it’s far more questionable for him to have Schwartz at #1 than it is to have Reid at #15.

    And it’s funny you would place Reid at #10 NOW, when on about a dozen instances throughout the course of last season you were calling for his job. Lol

  3. tval says:

    lovie and andy are pretty close with edge to andy with overall resume…lovie has andys # lately tho…john harbaugh…maybe…jim getouttahere!!

  4. tval says:

    if u think andys #15 because of last yr…ur ridiculous…since they ddnt practice at all…as soon as the team had practicetime…they turned it around…thats coaching…and hes 7-1 vs coughlin last 8…says enuff for me

  5. tval says:

    yeah bad eagles team n nfc east where they wer 5-1 and 9-7 proved tougher than 13-3 afc east unbeatable offense…lol!! gimme a break wingo

    • And the Eagles were tougher than what 13-3 AFC unbeatable offense?

      New England?

      Why, cause they went 1-1 against the Giants?

      You mean, the same Patriots that hung 38 on the Eagles and beat ’em by 18 IN PHILLY, right? Eagles were tougher than those guys?

      Just trying to clarify your insanity.

  6. tval says:

    its ok kris…ur name is kris with a k like a female…so i hope ur a laaaaady….talkn like this!! sure sounds like it

    • Since they didn’t have practice time? Pretty sure they had the same amount of preparation time as the other 31 teams in the league did.

      Big surprise though. Typical Philly fan making excuses for why his team stunk it up for over half the season last year.

  7. tval says:

    the fact that no team had practice time was paramount…and the primary reason for a team with new d coord and personnel to hav early season struggles that wer remedied later n season..which goes back to the article…coaching…goofball!! go troll somewheres else….ur ridiculous analysis of andy aside…u dont seem to know much about fball

  8. tval says:

    so having no offseason….for what was the second season straight for vick with offese i will add..is what directly led to a 9-7 team being undoubtedly the best n the nfl…and it was obvious going into playoffs…..or thats a normal occurrence? thats says enuff…for me…and the complete rules change as far as defenses being allowed to practice hard…or ur entire team n helmets n pads for 1 week out of the year nstead of 16?? many changes happened n weekly preparation that obviously threw off old school coached teams and philly needed time and experience to adjust…plain and simple…sure last yr was crazy ridiculous disappointing…but i said 3 year plan from day 1…and we will win super bowl n that span!! so hate on hater!! ur payin attention…all that matters!!

    • Only an Eagles fan would say at 9-7 his team was the best team in the league when the playoffs started, when they won their last 4 games of the season against the Dolphins, Jets, Cowboys, and Redskins, NONE OF WHICH made the playoffs last year.

      Yeah, nothing spells “remedied” like a garbage December schedule.

      And you wanna talk about Reid’s coaching? He GIFT WRAPPED wins for the Falcons, 49ers, and Cardinals with his “brilliant” coaching decisions throughout those contests, so you’re right. My analysis of him was ridiculous.

      Now that I think about it, he should have been lower than 15th.

      Don’t sell yourself short with ya lil 3-year plan either. Might as well make it a 13-year one, because as long as Vick is the starting quarterback, the Eagles aren’t winning a Super Bowl.

      This isn’t me trolling, it’s me being able to decipher reality from fantasy.

      Something you’re clearly struggling with.

      Good luck with that.

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