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October 9, 2012

Where have all the good coaches gone?

Belichick, Coughlin dominating today's NFL like no other time in game

FOXBORO – Last winter, when Andover’s Bill O’Brien took the top job at Penn State University, I lobbied for him to re-consider.

As talented a young offensive mind as you’ll find, O’Brien added integral years of seasoning under one of the best ever, Bill Belichick.

But it was more than that. Look around the NFL right now. This has to be an all-time low point for talented head coaches in the game.

I took some time yesterday, after Denver head man John Fox’s embarrassing effort at Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon to compile a 1-32.

As you can see from the list attached, it’s not a very good one.

The good old boy network is well-presented with retreads like Chan Gailey and Norv Turner in the bunch. But where are the winners?

Take a look at the list for a minute. Who do you honestly trust to keep your favorite football team at the top of the heap?

Belichick and New York’s Tom Coughlin stand head and shoulders above this bunch, what with their five combined Super Bowl victories as head coaches.

They enter each game clearly ahead of the opposition.

It speaks volumes that I would list Sean Payton of New Orleans at No. 3. Payton currently sits and watches his Saints team in street clothes due to the suspension he is serving for bounty-gate.

You can clearly see how he is missed in the Saints’ 1-4 start. This is a New Orleans team that took it to the Pats in joint workouts this summer but misses his leadership badly.

At No. 4, I feel like Jim Harbaugh sits with the potential to move all the way to the top, despite just two NFL seasons under his belt. As a QB, the ex-Bear fought like a champion. It translates into his attitude with the Niners, who many feel are the team to beat in the NFC.

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