Wednesday, July 18, 2007

NFL prep: Best Coach

10 - Herm Edwards, Kansas City Chiefs

9 - Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles

8 - Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears

7 - Jeff Fisher, Tennessee Titans

6 - Brian Billick, Baltimore Ravens

5 - Mike Shanahan, Denver Broncos

4 - Mike Holmgren, Seattle Seahawks

3 - Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints

2 - Tony Dungy, Indianapolis Colts

1 - Bill Belichick, New England Patriots


Greg Cox said...

I don't really disagree, but as a staunch Steelers fan, I really don't like Belichick or the New England Patriots. I especially dislike his style of dress.

Keith H. McIlwain said...

He's definitely unique, but it's hard to argue his phenomenal success. BTW - if Bill Cowher were still an active coach, I'd list him at #2, behind Belichick and ahead of Dungy. I have high hopes for Mike Tomlin, but he remains an unknown.

Anonymous said...

Can't argue with this list.
I'm reading Dungy's book now.
What a great guy.

Randy Roda said...

How did Herm Edwards make your list? And by the way...what is Campbellite?

Keith H. McIlwain said...

Edwards was successful in NY, and has done, I think, a decent job in KC. If they can make a nice playoff run this year, he'll be validated.

A Campbellite is a Christian who comes from the "Campbell" school of thought (as opposed to Wesley, Calvin, Aquinas, etc.). These are many of the "Church of Christ" folks (I think the "Disciples of Christ" are the liberal wing of the movement).

Basically, they believe in adult immersion only baptism, congregational polity, refer to themselves only as "Christians" (as opposed to Methodist or Catholic), and tend to be pretty conservative, theologically as well as politically.

Anonymous said...

You've ranked Billick WAY too high. He's not even top 10, unless you ask him.

Keith H. McIlwain said...

He probably thinks he's the best coach around, that's true.

I rank him so highly because year after year, just when you think the Ravens will stink, he finds a way to keep them in the mix. And it's always without a franchise QB. He seems to be an arrogant guy, but he sure knows how to get a good team on the field.