I wasn’t going to write about this when I first heard about it last night, because it’s pointless and stupid. It’s a list, of the 32 NFL head coaches, ranked in order of best to worst. I guess. Anyway, it’s dumb. Everyone makes lists all the time and they’re all retarded, except this guy KINDA takes the cake.
Remember the name Elliot Harrison, because this guy’s going places. I mean, if he can generate this type of chatter in the middle of July, he must be pushing just the right buttons.
I’ll get to what’s really grinding my gears in a bit, but first, I’ll just say that for the most part, I don’t have a problem with this guy’s rankings. The guys at the bottom are there for a reason – they lack NFL head coaching experience. I might have ranked Gus Bradley a little higher, partly because I’m biased and partly because I like to look at someone’s potential when I do these types of things. I think Gus Bradley has a chance to be great. And, I think the Jags will be one of the most improved teams this year. So, to get in on the ground floor, I probably would have put Gus around 20 or 19 or something.
I would have put Jason Garrett dead last. He is, BY FAR, the worst head coach of them all. I know he doesn’t get many favors from his GM (except further employment for some ungodly reason), but he has bungled more than his fair share of games and probably should’ve been fired a season or two ago.
I also think Joe Philbin is a ninny and should be placed closer to the bottom than he already is.
I’m a little higher on Ron Rivera and probably would’ve put him in the mid-teens. I think Rex Ryan’s coasting on his AFC Championship games he had way back when and isn’t nearly as good as his ranking. Mike Smith is probably a little too high, as is John Fox, but really, these are all minor quibbles.
Pete Carroll is ranked 7th. In a vacuum, that doesn’t sound so bad. If I looked at him, then shut my eyes, and tried to think of a good ranking for him, I feel like the number 7 would pop right into my mind. But, that’s without any consideration for the other coaches listed above him.
Mike McCarthy is ranked 6th. Say what?
Tom Coughlin is ranked 5th. Ehh, that feels right. Guy has been around a long time, has a couple championships to his name. Yeah, he’s missed the playoffs a few times, but the guy has made a champion of Eli Manning twice over!
John Harbaugh is ranked 4th. Again, I’d probably rank him ahead of Pete Carroll as well. He’s had a lot of sustained success since he got the head coaching job with the Ravens. They share the same number of championships; I’m okay with that.
Here’s where it gets me – and I’m sure it was intentional. Jim Harbaugh is ranked 3rd. You see, this is the genius of Elliot Harrison. Ideally, if he wants to piss off any fanbase, it’s probably that of the Patriots. They’re the loudest and most easily-peeved by any slight against them. But, to do so would have meant ranking Harbaugh over Bill Belichick, and that’s just insanity. Belichick might go down as one of the greatest head coaches of all time. To rank anyone ahead of him would immediately render his list as invalid.
So, instead, Elliot Harrison decided to troll TWO fanbases – Seattle & Baltimore – by not only ranking our most hated rival FOUR SPOTS ahead of Pete Carroll, but also ranking the wrong Harbaugh brother ahead of the other.
Let me see if I get this straight: the two Harbaugh boys coached against one another in the Super Bowl before last, and the LOSER of said Super Bowl ends up getting ranked ahead of the victor? Just because he’s 3 for 3 in NFC Championship appearances, that gets him the nod? Even though John Harbaugh had made the playoffs in five consecutive seasons, making three AFC Championship Games and the aforementioned Super Bowl victory over his brother … he gets docked a point for missing the playoffs one time? Are you KIDDING ME?
I think I’m more upset about this whole John/Jim fiasco than I am with Harbaugh being ranked so far ahead of Pete Carroll.
You want my opinion? Here’s my top ten (I’m not going all the way to 32, because what’s the point?):
- Bill Belichick
- Sean Payton
- John Harbaugh
- Tom Coughlin
- Pete Carroll
- Jim Harbaugh
- Andy Reid
- Jeff Fisher
- Lovie Smith
- Mike Tomlin
Now there’s a ranking that’s somewhat respectable. But, it’s not a ranking that’s necessarily going to draw a bunch of fire from pissed off fanbases. It’s just a ranking that makes SENSE. Jim Harbaugh inherited a team that already had a ton of talent on it. Pete Carroll, and some of these other coaches ahead of Harbaugh, took over teams that were pretty bad. They’ve BUILT something. They’re not living off of the success of previous regimes. You know what’s going to happen when the talent on the 49ers gets too old? You’re going to see Jim Harbaugh start missing the playoffs more and more.
However, the Seahawks – a team not afraid to play younger guys at key positions – should be able to regenerate on a yearly basis, thanks to Pete Carroll’s coaching style and philosophy.
I’ll say this: this Elliot Harrison guy’s rankings will look a lot different next year, after the Seahawks are coming off their second of two championship seasons.