07 Jan 2006
This was the right call in my book. I thought there were three great coaching jobs this year, all by defense-oriented head coaches: Lovie Smith, Tony Dungy and Marvin Lewis. What gives Smith the edge, I think, is that Dungy and Lewis have two of the best quarterbacks in the league, whereas Smith got his team a first-round bye with Kyle Orton. (The one decision for which Smith deserves criticism is sticking with Orton after Grossman had been cleared to play by the medical staff.)
Bill Belichick was a distant third with two votes, and Mike Holmgren, Tom Coughlin and Lewis got one apiece.
27 comments, Last at 11 Jan 2006, 7:46am by Akuzed
With Stanford's upset over Notre Dame and Ohio State's big win over rival Michigan in The Game, the playoff field has narrowed to the existing top four plus Michigan State, Ohio State, Stanford, and potentially North Carolina.