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AFC East Head Coaching Rankings

Any NFL fan with a function brain would tell you that Bill Belichick is the best head coach in the NFL. The question is, how good are the other three coaches in the AFC East division?

Last week, I ranked the quarterbacks in the AFC East division from one to five. Now let’s rank the head coaches.

1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

Everyone knows Belichick’s resume with the Patriots. 163-41 record, three Super Bowls championships, and 11 division titles, but what he did last season was remarkable.  Belichick took an average Patriots team and lead them to a 12-4 record despite injuries.  Yes he still has future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, but that team had no business winning 12 games with the lack of supporting cast around him. Belichick continues to get the most out of his players, and that’s why he remains at the top.

2. Rex Ryan, New York Jets

Say what you want about Rex Ryan, but he gets the maximum effort from his players like very few coaches outside of Belichick can. The Jets finished next to last in the NFL in points scored and passing yards, but somehow this team won eight games last season. Yes he comes across as arrogant and cocky, but Ryan is arguably the best defensive minds in the NFL. He’s only had one losing season and made it to back-to-back AFC title games in his first two seasons as a head coach. It’s hard to rank Ryan lower than second when the two remaining coaches haven’t accomplished nearly as much as he has.

3. Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins

Philbin and the Dolphins had a chance to make the playoffs after they defeated the Patriots in Week 15, but the team lost their final two games of the season to finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Philbin did keep the locker room together after the Richie Incognito / Jonathan Martin mess a year ago, so he should get credit for that. With all the acquisitions the Dolphins have made over last couple of years, this is a make or break season for Philbin. The team has to make the playoffs or Philbin will probably be fired at the end of the 2014 season.

4. Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills

Marrone’s record (6-10) was about where I thought it would be in his first year as head coach of the Bills. He had to deal with the Jairus Byrd’s contract situation and injuries at the quarterback position. Despite their adversities, the Bills played hard until their final game of the season. With quarterback E.J. Manuel healthy and the additions of receiver Sammy Watkins and linebacker Brandon Spikes, the Bills have a chance to climb out of the AFC East cellar in 2014.

 

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