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NFC Coaching Grades


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With the recent firing of Wade Phillips, I thought today would be a great day to grade the current coaches in the NFL. This will be the second part of the article with the NFC today. The AFC Coaches were graded on Wednesday. This article was completed on Tuesday afternoon, so I cannot be held responsible if any current coach gets fired before this article is posted. I am the teacher today and I am handing out the grades. The teams are in order of their current standings at the time of this writing. Lets get at it–NFC Coaches Grades

NFC EAST

NY Giants–Tom Coughlin
A

Has a coach ever gotten more ridicule for his personality than Coughlin? All he does is get the most out of his team. Every year, it appears that Coughlin is on the hot seat. He may not be the best personality in the NFL but who can argue with his results. Players complain that he controls everything and thenit settles down when his methods end up in wins. Popular or successful? Very few can be both but I will take wins every time. Coughlin is a winner and he will always be a favorite of Living with Sportz because he reminds me of old school coaches that preach DISCIPLINE.

Philadelphia Eagles–Andy Reid
B+

Another coach that never seems to be appreciated. Eagle fans be careful what you wish for? I believe that Andy is one of the better coaches in the NFL and would have gotten an A if he had won a Super Bowl. The Eagles never seem to be the most talented club in the league, yet always are competing for the NFC East title and playoff berth. Reid is another one that has a one of those old school personalities that fans find gruff and stand off-ish. Andy can coach my team anytime and someday he will get the respect he so deserves. See, Marty Schottenheimer as the example. When he is long gone from the NFL, we will all realize what a great coach he is and was.

Washington Redskins–Mike Shanahan
C

Sorry Redskin fan but I have never been a fan of Shanahan. I lived in Denver during his tenure in Denver and if not for a certain quarterback and running back named, Elway and Davis, we would only see Shanahan as a former coach in the NFL. I love discipline but have always hated ego. Shanahan’s ego is bigger than the city he currently works in. Until he delivers a winner without super talented players, he will always be another wanna be to this writer.

Dallas Cowboys–Jason Garrett
?

Has anyone’s stock fell faster than Garrett’s? He could have had the Ravens job 2 years ago but decided to stay in Dallas. He has his shot now, although with a very unmotivated team. Can he resurrect this storied franchise. I have been told that he will be judged by the next 8 weeks of the season. He may be a side note for years when he was the most wanted commodity in the league just a short time ago. I like Garrett personally but he was the offensive coordinator on a team loaded with offensive firepower and never seemed to get them all in synch. Good Luck as the Cowboy fans deserve so much more from this organization.

NFC NORTH

GB Packers–Mike McCarthy
B

His low key approach is perfect for this blue color fan base in Wisconsin. I believe that he may be under-rated as an offensive mind although he has had a great compliment in Dom capers on the defensive side of the ball. He has withstood the criticism of the fan base in a football crazed community. He will need to get this team deep in the playoffs this season or you will hear calls for his dismissal in Green Bay

Chicago Bears–Lovie Smith
C

I know that Smith has gotten the Bears to the Super Bowl with a tremendous defense in 2006. The problem that I have is with his hires for assistant coaches. To me, a great head coach is always in charge and Smith has made some poor decisions with his assistant coaches. Tice, Marinelli and now Martz. It appears to me like he doesn’t get the best possible candidates but takes coaches from losing organizations. Chemistry is a huge factor in the NFL and is there any disagreement that there is absolutely no chemistry in the Windy City. The jury is still out on this years team but it appears to me that Lovie might want to update his resume.

Minnesota Vikings–Brad Childress
D-

Almost an F but the Vikings did reach the NFC championship game last year so I couldn’t do it. Childress has obviously lost his team and the fact that the players run the show in Minnesota makes this old school writer dislike Childress all the more. Picking up #4 from the airport last year solidified my feelings on Childress. In the NFL, you need a coach that gets the players on th same page and it is obvious to me that Childress has worn out his welcome in the Twin Cities. If the Vikings lose this week at Chicago, Cya Brad. This team has the talent to make a run in spite of Childress. It will be interesting the next two weeks but I believe Chidress will not make it through the season.

Detroit Lions–Jim Schwartz
C

The Lions have made strides and are definitely better than when Schwartz arrived in the Motor City. I believe it is the coaches duty to instill a winning attitude to the team and based on recent results that hasn’t happened in Detroit. They have drafted wisely and appear to show signs of returning to being a competitive team. Hopefully Schwartz will get to enjoy the success that appears close. He needs to work on time management and hopefully injuries do not take this team back to where they have been for so long, at the bottom of the NFC North.

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons–Mike Smith
B++

He hasn’t been a head coach in the NFL long enough or I would have given him an A. Smith has the perfect demeanor for a head coach. A bit sarcastic, intense and humorous. The fact that he has Matt Ryan at quarterback doesn’t hurt either. Do we all remember the shambles that Petrino left this organization in? How about when Vick left? This organization has rebounded faster than any so-called expert predicted. For now, I will give the credit to Smith and General Manager, Thomas Dimitroff.

New Orleans Saints–Sean Payton
A

A Super Bowl win last year gets him the bump in grade. This team apparently has gotten their stride back and look to be the team to beat once again in the NFC. Payton is very likable and definitely has coaching in his blood. He is the perfect fit for the Saints and appears to be happy and a lifer in New Orleans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers–Raheem Morris
B-

Ok, I admit that I did not like this hire when it was made. I reserve the right to change my mind. Morris is doing an outstanding job with the youngest team in the NFL. If he continues on the same path, his grade will be upgraded. I had the Bucs winning 3 games this season and they are 1 yard away from leading the NFC South. Keep it up Rasheem and I apologize for my earlier feelings about you.

Carolina Panthers–John Fox
B/F

I am giving John Fox two grades. The first grade is for Fox as a coach. I believe he will get another opportunity and will prove he is a good coach. The second is for the current job being done in Carolina. If there was ever a case that a coach is only as good as his players, we are seeing it in Carolina. Fox will be gone at the end of the season, destination unknown.

NFC WEST

Seattle Seahawks–Pete Carroll
C

They have been blown out the last 2 games after apparently winning with mirrors. I cant grade Carroll based on his college career after he apparently bolted USC because of the pending NCAA investigations. He went to the Seahawks and was bessed to play in the worst division in all of the NFL. He cant buy players in Seattle and it will be interesting how long he lasts when he doesn’t have the success that so many expect. I need my crystal ball to look 5 years down the road and don’t expect him to be in Seattle. I do like his personality and believe he is good for the NFL. Will he last or be back in the college ranks quickly where he dominated for years.

St Louis Rams–Steve Spagnuolo
B+

The Rams are 4-4 with a rookie quarterback. He is the front runner for coach of the year and if the young Rams learn how to win on the road, he may even get them to the playoffs. He is douing it the right way and is it any coincidence that he was a Coughlin assistant. Discipline and structure are a proven path to greatness in the NFL. I don’t know of any so-called expert that had the Rams at 4-4 this early in the season. Spagnuolo is doing a terrific job and the Rams may become relevant again very soon. Good times are ahead in St Louis.

Arizona Cardinals–Ken Whisenhunt
B-

I truly believe that Whisenhunt is a terrific head coach. It doesn’t matter if you are a great coach, without talent, you cannot win in this league. The problem also persists with this organization. The Cardinals have a problem paying and keeping talent. You also cannot win in the NFL without a quarterback. Both are problems for the Cardinals and Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt may someday lose this job and wont be unemployed for long. This may be the best thing to happen to this under-rated coach.

San Francisco 49ers–Mike Singletary
D

I have mentioned that I love discipline but Singletary’s message has run its course in San Fran. He is a walking testament to the adage, “Great players make terrible coaches.” I believe he expects his players to have the intensity that he showed when he played. This is a pipe dream in the world of today’s athletes. That is why he was such a great player. It also is tough to win in the NFL without a quality quarterback. Ie-The Cardinals.
Mike is learning some valuable lessons but I doubt that he will get another opportunity after this season unless the Niners pull off a miracle and get back in the race. Could he replace Lovie Smith in Chicago? Hmmm, that’s a thought.

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I was a professional baseball umpire for 11 seasons from 1979-1989. I follow all sports and read and study everything to do with all aspects of sport. I am now a 50 yr old man who feels the need for a new career and am hoping to get into the sports information age. I love starting discussions about controversial sports and life subjects. I am originally from Wisconsin. I am a diehard cheesehead and have been a lifelong Packer and Badger fan. I have lived all over the country and hope to give an interesting perspective to sports.

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