NFL coaches like every other coach in professional sports are evaluated on three very important intangibles: 1, supreme knowledge of the game, 2, ability to evaluate, nurture and maximize player’s talent and 3, be a leader of men.
Just like every other top level professional sports NFL coaches must possess at least two of the above intangibles. To be a great head coach, they must have all three.
The NFL is a league made of teams with almost equal talent pool, so on any given Sunday any team can pull of a victory regardless of previous record. The difference then in wins and loses is thus dependent on the abilities of the NFL coaches to out maneuver his opponent across the field and his players willingness to run through a brick wall for him.
Take the San Francisco 49ERs under Mike Singletary they looked like a team in search of an identity and could not find a path to success. A year later with almost the same personnel on the field, Jim Harbaugh won 13 games and was a game away from playing in the super-bowl.
Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is another good example of what good NFL Coaches should be. He has taken a very bad team and made them not just relevant but respectable. At the beginning of the season all the talk was about Schiano’s telling his defense to boom rush the Eli Manning and then Tony Romo on a knee-down play at the end of the games. Now the Bucs are playing for a playoff spot and the Bucs are now a legitimate threat to any team they face.
NFL coaches are not just suppose to just win games, they are suppose to create a winning culture. NFL Coaches that fail to achieve that goal soon find themselves without a job.
So, here are the 10 guys who have done it the best this season.