Interesting rankings from the National Football post, which currently has Jim Schwartz topping the coach power rankings. It is important to point out, however, that they start off by saying that these rankings are "merely a jumping-off point for a regular feature that we'll be running during the 2012 season." The rankings are still though-provoking, though:
My thoughts on the ranking of Jim Schwartz is that he is quite a bit too high. Their reasoning is that he has turned the franchise from 0-16 to a Super Bowl contender in three years; I have two issues with this assessment:
1) Jim Schwartz is obviously not the only reason our Lions have turned things around. A few early picks, a good GM, and, in my mind, good assistant coaches, have all had as much of an impact as the introduction of Schwartz.
2) "Super Bowl contender" seems like a bit of an over-statement for a team that did not win a playoff game the year before OR beat playoff teams throughout the regular season. I will admit, however, that I do expect them to win one this year.
Additionally, the Lions are one of the most undisciplined teams I have seen in a while. I am used to watching the Patriots, a team that would cut half of the players on the Lions for their stupid in-game personal fouls. This is not something you get from well-coached teams. Also, my biggest concern with our team is that the defense can't come up with stops when they need to. This is the opposite of what I would expect from a Jim Schwartz team.
With these factors in mind, I would rank him around #5. He brings incredible energy to the team, has been successful, and has finally out Detroit back on the map. He is probably my favorite coach in the league, though that does not mean he is the best.
I would love to hear your thoughts! Do you agree with the rankings? Do you hate my assessment? What characteristics of the team or the team's success are attributable to Schwartz? Am I clueless? Please speak your mind.