In all sports, the Coach of the Year award is misleadingly titled. It is not about who is the best coach; It comes down to which team has surprised the most, or which team has overcome the most adversity while staying near the top of the league. This is what voters are really looking for. According to these criteria, there are plenty of coaches who could be worthy of the title of Coach of the Year.
Belichick led his Patriots to the playoffs with the rookie quarterback. The Bengals Zack Taylor shocked everyone by bypassing the Browns, Steelers, and Ravens for the North Asian title. Cardinals Cliff Kingsbury likely won a hard-fought NFC West game when no one gave them a chance before the start of the season. Matt LaFleur and the Packers repeated as the NFC Player of the Year in the regular season despite a string of distractions from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Hell, a lot of people thought the Eagles would contend for the worst record, but with a week left to play, the Eagles settled on an extension berth.
But, except for results from Week 18, none of the aforementioned coaches had anything about Mike Frapel of Tennessee and Sean Payton of New Orleans.
With a win over the Houston Texans this week, the Titans will snatch the AFC top-seeded and first-round – a feat the Giants haven’t accomplished since 2008. Superstar Derek Henry, who finished the regular season in Week 8, regresses as quarterback Ryan Tanehill passes his worst year Initially with TN. However, despite these ordeals, the Titans are one victory over a miserable Texan away from securing a home advantage during the Asian playoffs. Who would have thought that the AFC’s path to Super Bowl LVI would pass through Nashville given that during the first eight weeks of the season, Henry accounted for 45.8 percent of the team’s offensive touchdown (10 lunges, one pass) and 36.2 percent of the yards for the team? Nobody. Everyone thought the Titans would get back to mediocrity before they were knocked out in the elimination race, and while the Titans certainly weren’t quite as good as they were with King Henry, they still managed to defeat the Los Angeles Rams and Team One. The 49ers are too hot without him in the background. This says a lot not only about the team’s resilience, but also about Frabel’s ability to adapt as head coach.
Now, you might be thinking: “Well, sure, how can anyone compete with what I just said?” Well, what if I told you that there is another team, even though there are many key players who are wasting time due to COVID concerns, despite having The sixth largest number of players in the injured reserve Throughout the season, despite having to play practically without a midfielder for more than half of the season, has he been vying for a playoff spot in the final week?
Meet the New Orleans Saints. While the Saints are not currently in the NFC supplement picture, it’s not hard to imagine a world where a Taysom Hill-backed team would fight for a chance to stay in the Super Bowl hunt. All that has to happen is for the 49ers to lose to the Rams and the Saints to defeat the Hawks. I understand that The hawks beat the saints When they last played, but Hill also wasn’t the New Orleans quarterback in that game. I also understand that the 49ers beat the Rams when they last played, but let’s be honest, we all know the Rams are the better team, and since the Rams need to win in order to secure a league title, they will probably pull out all the stops in order to give the 49ers a chance. to get their money back.
If all goes according to plan, the Saints will make it to the playoffs, though the team’s top receiver has been missing for the entire season, the team’s quarterback is down due to injury mid-season, and several of the team’s offensive linemen have missed matches due to COVID and other injuries. This is madness. This is actually crazy. The Saints have no business anywhere near the playoffs, but through sheer will and unwillingness to allow injuries to derail their season, they persevered and properly shivered.
If the Saints do end up missing the playoffs, I don’t think there is any chance of Payton winning the Coach of the Year award, but if they do, it should be seriously considered. It shocks me that in most of the Coach of the Year predictions I’ve seen lately, Payton is nowhere to be found. Even more shocking is the people I saw instead of Payton.
John Harbo? seriously? Do you mean the guy whose team was expected to win the division or, at worst, finish second, but only have a 2% chance of making the playoffs just one week before the end of the game? I realize that Lamar Jackson hasn’t been available for the past three weeks, but Tyler Huntley hasn’t been flabby either. Brian Flores? You mean the guy who scored 10-6 last season and entered this season with huge expectations only to be the most complex team in NFL history, and be out of the final game looking picture with one week to go? No. while both of These guys are great coaches, and deserve to be commended, and neither of them faced the same adversities as Sean Payton and the Saints.
And guess what, when the NFL regular season finally ends Sunday night, if any of those teams will find themselves still playing, it will be New Orleans. Give Sean Payton the respect he deserves, please!