Some coaches are destined to go on to bigger and better things. Some are high quality but don’t seem to find that extra yard that can bring success to a franchise, some just literally suck and are not cut out for running football clubs in video games.
Four coaches that have caught my attention in the first half of the season all have something in common. Despite the varying levels of talent and ability, they seem to get the best out of their roster, extracting every ounce of effort on the football field. Well projected on and off the sideline they have had a knack for galvanising their respective locker rooms.
Andy Reid - The fact that they are the only undefeated franchise in the NFL coming in off a pretty miserable 2012 season is no fluke. The Chiefs may not go on to win the Super Bowl but Andy Reid has really got his players believing that they can win and win well. Reid has a brutally good defense and he his offense are producing the goods on the other side of the football without an elite quarterback. The Chiefs locker room is buzzing right now and the leadership and coaching of that football club has to be credited for that.
Pete Carroll - The Seahawks head coach has assembled the pieces of a really well balanced franchise. His leadership style has helped Russell Wilson to develop into a high quality dual threat quarterback. If Seattle beat the Saints to the NFC Championship it will be no surprise. It looks like Carroll has addressed the issue of Seattle’s ability to win on the road. They are certainly an entertaining football team to watch.
Sean Peyton - Returning after his one year absence, he has walked back into the locker room and really fired up his Saints. The Mercedes-Benz Dome is proving to be a fortress and I don’t see anyone winning there any time soon. The big test will come in December on the road in Seattle for what should be an unbelievable regular season game. Peyton will continue to develop his exciting team in the hunt for another Super Bowl win.
Mike McCoy - Over the last few seasons the Chargers have had their problems on all three phases of the game. It’s unlikely that they will win their Division this year but he seems to a have breathed new life into the Bolts. Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates look like players of old, coincidence? The spirit, fight and will to win is evident for all to see. Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead look like they want to run through steel doors for McCoy. There is no doubt the Chargers are an improvement under their new head coach.
The head coaches on my list may not be your cup of tea but you can not dispute that they are leading their respective teams in the right direction.