Despite Eagles head coach Andy Reid’s inability to bring a Lombardi Trophy here to Philadelphia, ESPN has ranked him as the third best head coach in the National Football League behind New England’s Bill Belichick and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin.
The sports network has been putting lists of NFL power rankings together, so they decided to do one on NFL head coaches. Reid decision to sign quarterback Michael Vick when he was released from prison has to be considered on of the more brilliant executive moves in the last few years. He was able to acquire him without surrendering any draft picks or players.
In fairness to Reid, he hasn’t won a Super Bowl, but he has done everything else and he’s done it consistently. Big Red has taken the Eagles to the playoffs nine of the 12 years he’s been here. Reid’s Eagles have won 128 games and lost only 82 during his tenure as the Birds head coach. That’s a winning percentage of .602, if you were wondering.
He has won countless NFC East division titles and he’s been to five National Football Conference Championship games. Regardless of what changes are made on the ball club, Reid finds a way to keep the Birds in the hunt for a title. The Eagles has been to one Super Bowl, but hasn’t been able to find a way to lead the Birds to a Super Bowl title.
Quite a few Eagles fans say they are tired of Reid because he can’t win the big one and he continues to make the same mistakes year after year and game after game. They point to his poor game management and inability to make adjustments at halftime of the big games.
He’s facing a great deal of pressure here in Philadelphia to win a Super Bowl title. Reid’s habit of giving the fans very little information is another item that has many Eagles fans down on him.
I have no problem with Belichick being the top guy because I do think he gets the most out of his talent. Tomlin is a great motivator and also gets the most out of his players.
Reid at number three is a sign of the great respect which he has throughout the league. He’s got to win a title to stop the legitimate criticism of his coaching.
Mike McCarthy has a young football team with a lot of tread left on the tire, so don’t be surprised if the Packers win or get close to winning titles for the next four or five years.
I think Payton could easily be ahead of Reid because he won a title without great talent on the defensive side of the ball. They don’t have great receivers or offensive linemen or running backs, so Payton should be given a great deal of credit for getting as much as possible out of his talent.
The only problem I have with the rest of the list is Mike Shanahan. He hasn’t won a title since the 1990’s. Should we also put Joe Gibbs and Mike Holmgren. To list is supposed to be about what you have done lately, so Shanahan doesn’t belong on the list.
Here are the top ten on the list.
1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
2. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles
4. Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers
5. Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
6. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants
7. Rex Ryan, New York Jets
8. Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears
9. Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons
10. Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins
John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens