Well, we had a lot of discussion surrounding the San Francisco 49ers and the given 'C' grade for their offseason, so I thought: why not talk about some other ultimately meaningless rankings? Over at NFL.com, they recently posted their NFL head coach power rankings, and though I'm calling them meaningless, I still find these kinds of things quite interesting. Or maybe I just do that when it's the offseason and I'm starved for football.
Either way, San Francisco's own Jim Harbaugh actually comes in at a respectable third place. Harbaugh trails Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. It's hard to argue with either of those choices, I suppose. I guess I'd be more interested in disputing those things if these rankings actually attempted to take a deep look at a coach and what he does well, as opposed to looking at records and Super Bowls.
I actually feel like Pete Carroll is ranked a little low -- he's at No. 7 -- and the reasoning makes it very clear that it is solely due to the fact that the Seahawks went 7-9 in each of his first two seasons. I think that's a pretty crummy reason and would have Carroll in the top five, personally. But I doubt that notion is going to get a whole lot of support here.
Personally, the most egregious aspect of the top five for me is the inclusion of Tom Coughlin. I might be underrating him these days, but I just don't find it to be an inspiring pick. Coughlin comes in at No. 5, just below John Harbaugh at No. 4. After Coughlin is Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers at No. 6, just above Carroll.
For reference, here's what they say about Jim:
Say what you will about Jim Harbaugh's temperament, but no head coach in the history of the NFL can mess with his first three years -- three straight NFC Championship Game appearances. Harbaugh's club narrowly lost to the Giants in the 2011 NFC title game and the Seahawks in last season's installment. In 2012, the Niners advanced to the Super Bowl and almost pulled off a thrilling comeback victory. San Francisco has won 36 regular-season games in Harbaugh's first three years; the franchise won a mere 21 in the three seasons prior.
Not a whole lot to argue with there. I mean, if I were doing this kind of thing I'd talk a bit more about the crazy things he does formation-wise, and the indomitable power of his khakis, but it is what it is. Still, I think the top five looks a little weird with Carroll outside of it.
My top five would probably be Belichick, Payton, Harbaugh, Carroll and then either John Harbaugh or Mike McCarthy ahead of Tom Coughlin. What say ya'll?