Pro Football Weekly released their list of the the top ten coaches in the NFL as chosen by their staff, and Philadelphia’s own Andy Reid finished very high.
Coming in as the 4th best coach in the league, Reid ranks only behind Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin and Mike McCarthy. Clearly the main factor in ranking those three above Big Red is one thing: a Super Bowl victory.
While I would not argue with Tomlin or Belichick above Reid, I would have to disagree with McCarthy. Yes, McCarthy won a Super Bowl, beating Reid’s Eagles along the way. But McCarthy has a winning percentage as a coach of .600, and had only 1 playoff win in his 4 seasons as head coach before 2011. You could also argue that McCarthy was taken along for the ride by a hot Aaron Rodgers, and his Packers have been beaten early in the playoffs in years they were supposed to go far.
Reid, on the other hand, has a winning percentage of .618 in 12 years on the job. He has 3 seasons of .500 or worse in 12 years- McCarthy already has 2 in 5 years. While Reid has not been able to capture the big one, he has been a solid playoff coach, being knocked out in the first round only twice in his 12 years.
When picking Reid over McCarthy, it is important to look at longevity and track record. McCarthy before the Super Bowl was off to an average start as a head coach, while Reid has been the model for consistency over his time with the Eagles. For all of his downfalls as a coach, he still has steered one of the most successful franchises over the last decade in the NFL, and that should count for something.
Who do you think is the better coach- Andy Reid or Mike McCarthy?