The Associated Press has named New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick the NFL Coach of the Year receiving 30 votes from the 50 person panel.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris finished second 11.5 votes and Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley finished 3rd with 4.5 votes.
What a freaking steaming load of crap. I’m not just saying that because I thought Todd Haley deserved the award. I’m also saying it because I think Raheem Morris deserved the award. I’m also saying it because I think Steve Spagnuolo deserved the award. All three men deserved this award more than Bill Belichick.
That isn’t a knock on Bill. Belichick is obviously one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. What he has done since taking over in New England is nothing short of staggering. That being said, the fact that he won the award this year over men like Haley and Morris is simply ridiculous.
Belichick did a fantastic job this year but he still has the one of the best QB’s in the NFL in Tom Brady leading his offense. As for still being able to win after the departure of Randy Moss, that argument is bogus. Belichick has proved that his system enables him to plug most anyone into it and it still works. Deion Branch was good in New England, useless everywhere else and good in New England again. In fact, there is a long list of players who excelled in New England and got big contracts elsewhere only to stink it up on their new teams. While the fact that Belichick could probably put Jerry Rice back on the field and have him tear it up is certainly a feather in his cap, the fact that he worked his magic again this year doesn’t make him the coach of the year. Bill has turned the Pats into a well oiled machine and all he did this year was oil the machine. The same as he did last year and the year before that.
Winning in the NFL is hard and it is even harder to turn a bottom of the barrel, losing franchise into a winner and that is just what Raheem Morris and Todd Haley did this year. Morris received 11.5 votes and Todd Haley finished 3rd with 4.5 votes. Andy Reid, Lovie Smith, Mike Smith and Steve Spagnulo each received 1 vote.