If you ask Jim Schwartz if he thinks he is the league’s top coach through week one I’m quite sure he would laugh at the question. Anyone that listened to any of his post-game quotes knows that he wasn’t happy with his team – and therefore himself – for the way the game ended on Sunday. Schwartz has high expectations and one victory to open the season does not mean they have been met. That being said, I gave coach an SLR game ball following Sunday’s game and voters on ESPN obviously agree with that choice.
Over 1,400 votes have been tallied for Jim Schwartz on ESPN’s SportsNation page and 95% of them have been in support of the job he has done. John Harbaugh has the second highest approval rating at 92%.
The results shouldn’t be surprising. The Lions came away with a road win against a quality opponent in which they passed the eye test as the superior team combined with some “he’s doing that with the LIONS???” from NFL fans across the country. Conversely, John Harbaugh’s Ravens dismantled the Pittsburgh Steelers but Ravens fans may downgrade his approval rating slightly for not getting over the hump in the playoffs. It might sound petty but we’re splitting hairs between the top two approval ratings in the NFL.
Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey also has a 92% approval rating but about half as many people have voted in that poll compared to Harbaugh and about a third as many people as have voted in the Schwartz poll.
[Note: The approval ratings are dynamic so they are subject to change from what has been discussed here.]