I can see a bunch of defensive coaches getting hard looks for many of the HC vacancies. These playoffs are chock full of former D coordinators.Good choice. Lovie Smith would have been my pick, too.
However, how does Marvin Lewis only get one vote?
And how did Holmgren get a vote and Shanahan got none? Seattle dominated a weak division in the weaker conference while Denver had a very difficult schedule and still went 13-3 in the AFC West.
When voting for coach of the year, here is the order I would have put them in:
1. Lovie Smith
2. Marvin Lewis
3. Tony Dungy
4. Mike Shanahan
5. Joe Gibbs
Your point is valid for this year, but Gruden's gotten plenty of love over the past few years.
Blame the Bucs kicker, as Gruden's Bucs lost to Lovie's Bears. The Bears picked 4th in last year's draft and now have a bye week in the playoffs. THAT is getting the job done. Plus they did it without they're 'starting QB' and their 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pick for the most part.
Eh? His team was "terrible"? Have you not been watching the last 5 years? This team, for the most part, is the same as years past, with just a few tweaks. They were decimated with injuries this year, yet managed to win their division and get back into the playoffs. Not only that, their schedule was absolutely brutal. One of the most difficult I've ever seen. Yet they managed to do what they did.How is that "terrible"? Oh, and need I mention they dominated the Jaguars today and set the stage for a Battle Royale next week?Belichek's team was terrible. No way he gets it. Jim Haslett deserves it more then him. Since Gruden is removed from the SB only two seasons he probably gets crapped on, but I thought he deserved recognition.
Maybe Shanahan as well, but he's been there so long he makes his own messes, so should he be awarded for cleaning them up?
This New England team is NOT the same as years past. There is a big difference between two seasons of 14-2 in pretty good divisions and winning a crappy division with a record of 10-6. Their first half schedule was tough this year, but overall, I think they only had the 12th hardest (or somewhere around there) schedule in the entire NFL this year. That hardly qualifies as one of the most difficult schedules ever.Eh? His team was "terrible"? Have you not been watching the last 5 years? This team, for the most part, is the same as years past, with just a few tweaks. They were decimated with injuries this year, yet managed to win their division and get back into the playoffs. Not only that, their schedule was absolutely brutal. One of the most difficult I've ever seen. Yet they managed to do what they did.
Good point - Dungy would get my vote.I'm pretty dumbfounded that Dungy didn't win this one. His team locked up the #1 seed before they lost a game. What exactly was Dungy supposed to do to win CoY? They won every one of those games by a TD or more.
So because Dungy was r0x0r last year, and Lovie Smith was sux0r last year, Smith wins it over Dungy?
Yes, and due to the previous history of the team, what Lovie Smith did in 2005 was all the more impressive.