Saw ProFootballTalk comments on the NFL’s coach of the year. Their coach of the year is Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers. Came into the season on the hot seat, ended up nearly getting fired after a 1-3 start, but ended up going 11-1 down the stretch, losing only to New Orleans in New Orleans.
Rivera’s a fine choice. The Carolina defense is one of the top units in the league; their offense is run heavy along with judicious passing. For a real football fan, they are a lot of fun to watch.
However, we at BSP feel some other coaches merit at least strong consideration.
Chip Kelly led the Philadelphia Eagles from a 4-12 season to the playoffs in his initial season in the NFL. A season of double digit wins with a roster in flux make Kelly a good choice for coach of the year.
Andy Reid took the worst team in football, record-wise, to the playoffs. Of note, the previous team he left was 4-12 and made the playoffs with another coach. There’s something to be said about a fresh new voice.
Bill Belichick lost two of his Pro Bowl caliber defensive players, his top wide receiver defected to Denver, his top tight end started and ended the season on injured reserve and … WTF, his other tight end ended up in prison! Still, the Patriots remade themselves as a power running team, won 12 games and ended up with the #2 seed in the conference. Belichick gets strong consideration.
Mike McCoy of San Diego, a team that no one even thought had a chance to make the playoffs at the end of the season, not only ended up in the playoffs but won a game to advance. McCoy enhanced Phillip “Douchebag” Rivers performance to the point BSP dropped the monicker “Douchebag” from his name.
Other coaches making a mark on the league this past season include Mike Tomlin, taking his 0-4 team to an 8-4 mark the rest of the way and the verge of the playoffs. Rex Ryan, dragged a terrible Jets team to an 8-8 mark. Bruce Arians brought the Cardinals from oblivion to a 10-6 mark in the toughest division in football. Sean Payton showed what he meant to the Saints by them coming back from the dead to make the playoffs.
BSP’s choice for 2013 Coach of the Year is (drum roll) Chip Kelly. He used his status as a football junkie to learn an entirely new set of personnel, utilized the players he had to the fullest extent, he made football fun for the Eagles and their fans. The rest of the coaches had recent experience in the NFL.