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Tom Brady is still the greatest quarterback in the league and is probably going to get hosed out of the MVP just because voters want something different. But at least there are other great quarterbacks. Looking at the coaching situation in the league, the gap between Bill Belichick and everyone else seems to get wider by the year. I’m not even sure who the second-best coach is. Seriously, who is it? – Will B.
You mean besides Ben McAdoo?
This is tough. There’s no obvious choice. Some might say Pete Carroll. The Seahawks have won at least 10 games every year since 2012 and destroyed Peyton Manning in a Super Bowl, which earns bonus points. But I cannot in good conscience say it is Pete Carroll. I saw him for three regressive, exasperating years here, and while he’s improved since then, he’s still the happy-happy-joy-joy goof who goes slack-jawed when things go wrong. It is not Pete Carroll.
Mike McCarthy? Eh. Seems like they should have been to more than one Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers at the helm. John Harbaugh? He’s 19-24 since the start of the 2015 season. Andy Reid? He’s good, but he’s been a head coach since 1999 and has been to a single Super Bowl.
Mike Tomlin? He might be the choice. Yeah, I guess he’s the choice. The Steelers have never had a losing season since he took over for Bill Cowher in 2007. (They went 8-8 in 2012 and ’13.) He’s been to two Super Bowls, beating the Cardinals in a classic and losing to the Packers. He’s had a great run.
He’s also 2-6 against Belichick and hasn’t beaten the Patriots since October 2011.
What do you guys think? Who is the second-best active coach in the NFL? I’ll hear you in the comments.