Found December 16, 2011 on
This Given Sunday:
San Francisco 49ers
Green Bay Packers
Last night we kicked off week 15, with the Falcons (led by 2008 AP Coach of the year Mike Smith) kicking some serious Jaguar butts. I started to think which coach deserves the same accolades this year. This has been one of the more competitive years in terms of the battle for coach of the year. There are many names that come to mind right away when thinking of worthy candidates but its important to note what people are looking for when deciding on coach of the year.
The Packers are 13-0 so why wouldn’t Mike McCarthy be coach of the year? The 49ers are 10-3 after an abysmal year last year and are led by new stud head coach Jim Harbaugh, so shouldn’t it go to him? John Fox made as bold as a move as anyone and changed his entire offense based on a player who can’t play QB and now is leading the division, surely he should take it?
In my mind there are several worthy choices for this year’s coach of the year honors, but I will break it down to 4 deserving candidates.
1) Gary Kubiak ...
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