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NFL Network Lists New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin No. 5 Overall in “Head Coach Power Rankings”

July 15th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Although the New York Giants have missed the playoffs in four of the last five seasons, head coach Tom Coughlin still commands respect from his players and those around the league. And despite the constant "is Coughlin on the hot seat?" question, Elliot Harrison of NFL Network has once again ranked Coughlin in the Top 5 of his annual "Head Coach Power Rankings."

5) Tom Coughlin, New York Giants

Of all the organizational frontmen on this list, Coughlin is the hardest guy to rank. He is one of only two coaches with multiple Super Bowl wins, and keep in mind that he also took the expansive Jacksonville Jaguars to two AFC Championship Games. His is an interesting Hall of Fame case. The only downside for Coughlin is the fact the Giants missed the playoffs in 2009, '10, '12 and '13.

Despite his Top 5 ranking, Coughlin actually dropped a spot from a year ago. Instead, Harrison decided to rank New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton ahead of him, listing him as the No. 2 head coach in the NFL (he was No. 5 in 2013).

2) Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints

So, let's see … in 2011, the Saints go 13-3 with Payton. Then the coach gets suspended for the 2012 campaign, and New Orleans drops to 7-9. Payton returns last year and leads the Saints to an 11-5 mark. Notice a pattern? Payton is indispensable to this franchise. He's taken the Saints to the playoffs five times, making the NFC Championship Game twice and winning the organization's only Lombardi Trophy in 2009.

Others ahead of Coughlin were as follows:

What say you, Giants fans? Agree, disagree or just don't care?


Tags: Bill Belichick, Football, Jim Harbaugh, John Harbaugh, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Sean Payton, Tom Coughlin

8 Responses to “NFL Network Lists New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin No. 5 Overall in “Head Coach Power Rankings””

  1.  Krow says:

    OK, the first two … I get that. But the Harbaugh brothers? Both of them? C’mon.

    •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

      And Jim ahead of John. Come on Jim was given a team with huge talent. Let us see what occurs as his team ages and gets brittle.

  2.  michael says:

    I guess ethics don’t count in this rating.

  3.  Krow says:

    Speaking of ethics … Belichick brought systemized cheating to a new level … and I’d like to point out that they’ve not won the SB since … despite playing in a cupcake Division. Sean Payton was such a scum bucket that he got suspended for a year. John Harbaugh consistently fields one of the most arrested group of thugs in all of professional sports. And his brother Jimmy Boy is the biggest cry baby in the NFL.

    Ladies and gentlemen …. YOUR top 4 coaches.

  4.  T-Thom97 says:

    oh well…. cant really complain about the list. the one thing id have to say about is Bill Belli… they haven’t won in a long time but they are consistently in the last remaining teams every year with inferior teams. He is a GREAT coach. the harbaugh brothers are very good as well… john went to a 49er team that was dead for years and now look at them. among the top teams in the league.

    •  michael says:

      John took over a team that had been getting high !st round draft picks for a long time. He has won with them but not Super bowls, great coaches don’t fail three years in a row with great teams.

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