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."
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:
- No. 4 – John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens
- No. 3 – Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers
- No. 1 – Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
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