Gregg Rosenthal, the website's Around the League editor, has compiled a power rankings list of the 32 head coaches in the NFL. It's a tiered list trying to answer the question of which coach is better suited to lead and build a team right now.
Rosenthal placed the Ravens' John Harbaugh in a category labeled “Middle of the pack,” joining the likes of the
Rosenthal's reasoning? "Harbaugh is an effective coach that inherited a great situation," Rosenthal wrote. "He fits the Baltimore Ravens well."
There’s no denying that when the organization hired the former
But the team had just completed a 5-11 campaign in 2007, and the locker room had reportedly tuned out
And while he does entrust his top lieutenants to manage their tasks effectively, Harbaugh has instilled a work ethic in the locker room and on the practice field that helped him become the only head coach in league history to win a playoff game in each of his first four years.
What’s especially galling about the power rankings is which coaches are regarded as being better than Harbaugh. Putting the
The second tier of coaches -- labeled as “next level” -- include the
But the third tier that is described as “Knocking on the door” includes the
Ryan is a defensive genius, but his penchant for providing scintillating soundbites has overshadowed a team that has fallen short of expectations. Schwartz has revitalized a franchise that was the laughingstock of the league, but the Lions players may have set an unofficial record for legal troubles in the offseason, and who can forget his infamous run-in with Jim Harbaugh last year? And Allen has yet to coach a game in the NFL.