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Ranking all 32 NFL head coaches: Belichick faces more competition than ever

18 Sean McDermott, Bills

Last year: 27
Record: 9-7, .563
Playoffs: 0-1
 
All McDermott did in his first season was break a playoff drought that extended back to 1999. He has created unbridled excitement in Buffalo heading into Year 2, especially if first-round pick Josh Allen turns out to be the answer at quarterback. McDermott, a career defensive coordinator before taking the Bills head coaching job, figures to have his approach balanced.

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11 minutes ago, 26CornerBlitz said:

Ranking all 32 NFL head coaches: Belichick faces more competition than ever

18 Sean McDermott, Bills

Last year: 27
Record: 9-7, .563
Playoffs: 0-1
 
All McDermott did in his first season was break a playoff drought that extended back to 1999. He has created unbridled excitement in Buffalo heading into Year 2, especially if first-round pick Josh Allen turns out to be the answer at quarterback. McDermott, a career defensive coordinator before taking the Bills head coaching job, figures to have his approach balanced.

 

On the evaluation forms I use at work, I can give someone a "T" for "too new to rate."  And that's what I'd give McDermott. 

 

He's off to a promising start but it's only been one season.  Is he the 18th best HC in the NFL?  I don't know.  As years go by, we may end up placing him in the Top Five.  Then again, he may drop into the Bottom Five.  

 

Some coaches like Bill Belichick improve with experience.    He's a better coach now then he was in Cleveland.  

 

Other coaches actually seem to regress.  George Siefert, for example, won a Super Bowl in his first year as a NFL HC and went 1-15 in his last season.

 

McD's first season won't define him.  

 

 

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I just want to say that any list that places Jason Garrett higher than Sean McD is a questionable list at best.

 

We made the playoffs last year, we were the first team to beat the Falcons in their new stadium, all with Tyrod and a weak set of receivers. Tell me again how'd the Cowboys do last year?

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Jon Gruden is ranked in the middle of the pack based off his 2002 SB winning season.  I'd move him down below his brother Jay, who IMO, is keeping the Redskins somewhat respectable.  I also don't think Marvin Lewis should be ranked as high as he is.  This is a coach who perennially underachieves and cannot win a playoff game.

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18 is too low IMO. McDermott got the most out of a roster that wasn’t all that talented. He was the “anti-Rex” last year. The Bills were a playoff team with a negative scoring differential. IMO, that speaks to good coaching and execution when the game was on the line.

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1 minute ago, Kirby Jackson said:

18 is too low IMO. McDermott got the most out of a roster that wasn’t all that talented. He was the “anti-Rex” last year. The Bills were a playoff team with a negative scoring differential. IMO, that speaks to good coaching and execution when the game was on the line.

 

His in game decision making could stand improvement.  I think the author is being conservative with him just entering his 2nd season. 

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10 minutes ago, 26CornerBlitz said:

 

His in game decision making could stand improvement.  I think the author is being conservative with him just entering his 2nd season. 

Maybe so but there is no reason for him to be behind Gruden, Lewis, Garrett and Mike McCarthy (off the top of my head). This list loves past accomplishments regardless of the coaches’ role. Is anyone impressed by Mike McCarthy?!? 

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1 minute ago, Kirby Jackson said:

Maybe so but there is no reason for him to be behind Gruden, Lewis, Garrett and Mike McCarthy (off the top of my head). This list loves past accomplishments regardless of the coaches’ role. Is anyone impressed my Mike McCarthy?!? 

 

The Bengals were total crap before Lewis began as their HC, Gruden is a dinosaur who might flame out, Garrett is nothing special, and McCarthy is blessed to have Aaron Rodgers. 

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McDermott made the playoffs as a first your coach on a team the most experts thought would only win 4 games with an organization that had the longest playoff draught in sports history.  Im not saying he should be higher but what he did was special.  I agree with the other poster about Gruden.  10 years 100 million...i just dont get it.  He was out of football for a reason.  Could he do great of course.  But with Gruden i think its wait and see.

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3 minutes ago, Kirby Jackson said:

Is anyone impressed my Mike McCarthy?!?

 

I would guess fewer and fewer people are.  This year should tell a lot about his future in GB.

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1 minute ago, 26CornerBlitz said:

 

The Bengals were total crap before Lewis began as their HC, Gruden is a dinosaur who might flame out, Garrett is nothing special, and McCarthy is blessed to have Aaron Rodgers. 

The Bengals were also one of the most talented rosters in the league under Lewis and he won as many playoff games as I did. 

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1 minute ago, Kirby Jackson said:

The Bengals were also one of the most talented rosters in the league under Lewis and he won as many playoff games as I did. 

Or maybe they werent.  

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1 minute ago, Kirby Jackson said:

The Bengals were also one of the most talented rosters in the league under Lewis and he won as many playoff games as I did. 

 

Except where it matters most. 

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26 minutes ago, Happy Gilmore said:

Jon Gruden is ranked in the middle of the pack based off his 2002 SB winning season.  I'd move him down below his brother Jay, who IMO, is keeping the Redskins somewhat respectable.  I also don't think Marvin Lewis should be ranked as high as he is.  This is a coach who perennially underachieves and cannot win a playoff game.

 

Doesn't his .527 winning percentage (with a sample size of 18 seasons) indicate that he's a hair better than the average HC?  

 

The article ranks him #17 which to me doesn't seem ridiculous.  He's a middle of the packer.

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took a team that was thought to be tanking expected to win 4 or 5 games made the playoffs. 9-7 in the division having to play the patriots twice.

 

based on last year hes top 10

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Maybe a little harsh but I don't think it is too far off.

 

He did a great job last year but he has to prove himself a bit more.

 

Adam Gase got 11 wins out of the dolphins his first year, and we all know how last season turned out for him/ the criticism he faced

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11 minutes ago, hondo in seattle said:

 

Doesn't his .527 winning percentage (with a sample size of 18 seasons) indicate that he's a hair better than the average HC?  

 

The article ranks him #17 which to me doesn't seem ridiculous.  He's a middle of the packer.

 

Marvin Lewis is 0-7 in the playoffs and typically has a talented roster on both sides of the ball.  He should be a lot better than .527, which means he doesn't get the most out of his team.  Plus the Bengals seem to get penalized a lot and end up shooting themselves in the foot.  I still think #17 is too high given this.

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Crazy list.  I would put McD ahead of a chronic choker like Marvin Lewis.  And Mike Mccarthy shouldn't be in the top 20.  Tomlin at 3 may be the biggest joke of all. Dan Qunn needs to exit the top 10.  Harbaugh has regressed to mediocre.  Garrett is a monument to mediocrity.

 

And 32 is not Hue Jackson??  laughable rankings.

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40 minutes ago, Skins Malone said:

Or maybe they werent.  

 

40 minutes ago, 26CornerBlitz said:

 

Except where it matters most. 

That team was super talented!! 26CB is right though in that they lacked heart and leadership. That’s another ding for Lewis. That roster should have competed for titles. 

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7 minutes ago, Kirby Jackson said:

 

That team was super talented!! 26CB is right though in that they lacked heart and leadership. That’s another ding for Lewis. That roster should have competed for titles. 

 

I was referring to their QB Andy Dalton.

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another deep thoght provoking thread.  I’m ranking the trees in my yard. It’s more interesting. 

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6 minutes ago, 26CornerBlitz said:

 

I was referring to their QB Andy Dalton.

It’s all of the above. 

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1 hour ago, hondo in seattle said:

 

On the evaluation forms I use at work, I can give someone a "T" for "too new to rate."  And that's what I'd give McDermott. 

 

He's off to a promising start but it's only been one season.  Is he the 18th best HC in the NFL?  I don't know.  As years go by, we may end up placing him in the Top Five.  Then again, he may drop into the Bottom Five.  

 

Some coaches like Bill Belichick improve with experience.    He's a better coach now then he was in Cleveland.  

 

Other coaches actually seem to regress.  George Siefert, for example, won a Super Bowl in his first year as a NFL HC and went 1-15 in his last season.

 

McD's first season won't define him.  

 

 

T is right- he could never win a game again and be a total bust or be enshrined in canton.

 

last year he was still running a team that had some spots filled by not “his guys”

 

As that happens more and more we will see. While I consider TreD Poyer and Hyde his guys, Tolbert and Ducasse were IMO too.... and northern did  much to impress me. 

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Probably too low, but that disastrous mid season slide on defense for a defensive minded coach is pretty hard to see past. And while the playoffs were huge, we did loose a very terrible game there. 

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