Tom Coughlin, Bill Belichick and Mike McCarthy have two things in common: all three are Super Bowl champion coaches and all three trail Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz in the National Football Post’s head coach power rankings.
You may scoff at the fact that Schwartz tops our list, but consider the evidence: This guy took an 0-16 franchise with a roster that couldn’t beat half the teams in Canada and turned it into a legitimate Super Bowl contender in just three years. He may not have a Vince Lombardi Trophy on his mantel just yet, but nobody has done more with less in such a short time span than Jim Schwartz, who still doesn’t get enough credit for what he’s done with the former laughing stock of the NFL.
The big thing to keep in mind is that these are power rankings and therefore highly subject to change based on the most recent evidence available. That’s why you see Andy Reid down the list at number 15. His Philadelphia Eagles squad entered 2011 with high expectations and failed to make the playoffs.
Schwartz is clearly receiving a lot of credit for the work he’s done so far but it will take another step forward or two to keep the lofty ranking. Regardless, Schwartz’s tenure so far has provided strong evidence that he can settle in as a top ten coach league-wide.