Where does Tom Coughlin rank among all NFL coaches?

Posted Aug 27, 2014

A panel of ESPN Insiders ranked all active NFL coaches

“Insider” is a relative term in the world of sports media. But for his latest ranking of all 32 NFL head coaches, ESPN’s Mike Sando talked to actual insiders.

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From a panel of eight current general managers and four former ones, four personnel directors, four executives, six coordinators and four position coaches, Sando had 30 insiders provide a 1-5 rating for each head coach. The result was Tom Coughlin placed at No. 5 in the league.


“Having two Super Bowl titles in the bank bought some insurance for Coughlin coming off a 7-9 season featuring an 0-6 start,” Sando wrote. “There was some thinking that Coughlin, the NFL's oldest coach (he'll turn 68 on Sunday), had slipped from a 1 to a 2 in recent years, but that is difficult to know from afar. Coughlin drew high marks for taking Jacksonville to the AFC title game, then adjusting his old-school approach to help the Giants win two Super Bowls, one of them against an 18-0 New England team.”

Speaking of the Patriots, Bill Belichick took the top spot. He was followed by, in order, Peter Carroll (Seahawks), Sean Payton (Saints), and Andy Reid (Chiefs).


"He is every bit as solid as Belichick," a former GM told Sando about Coughlin. "He has done it over time and been very consistent. You can say he is old-school, but I think he appeals to young guys. He is very sound. Nothing falls through the cracks. These guys at the top, if I were with them, I would spend not a single minute worried about whether we were coached right or had everything covered."

Meanwhile, Coughlin led the four NFC East coaches. Trailing him in the division were Philadelphia’s Chip Kelly (12th), Washington’s Jay Gruden (25th), and Dallas’ Jason Garrett (30th).