Originally posted on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 12/28/12

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
In a recent piece on the Coach of the Year award, NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal breaks things down in tiers. The top tier being the top choices for the award. The names on that list include Bruce Arians, Pete Carroll, Mike Smith and Jim Harbaugh. No Belichick.Here is Rosenthall's reasoning for leaving Belichick off that top tier of coaches.Belichick's defense hasn't quite made expected strides, but the offense feels years ahead of the competition. He's still the best at situational football and in-game adjustments. A 12-win season for the New England Patriots is taken for granted.Now he actually does make a good point. The Patriots defense probably has improved in some areas. Talent wise, they are markedly better. The trade for Aqib Talib and the rise of rookie Alfonzo Dennard has definitely been an upgrade of talent in that secondary. Also, rookies Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower have been heavy contributors. A breakout year for Brandon Spikes has helped as well. Still, the Patriot...
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