Eagles Honors

Posted: January 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 40 Comments »

The Eagles have gotten their share of awards and honors this year.

Pro Bowl

Jason Peters
LeSean McCoy
Evan Mathis – replacement
DeSean Jackson – replacement
Nick Foles – replacement


Jason Peters
Evan Mathis
LeSean McCoy

Maxwell Club Coach of the Year – Chip Kelly

NFC Offensive Player of the Year – LeSean McCoy

Are these legit awards? Did the Eagles deserve them?

I have no problem with Peters in the Pro Bowl, but I don’t think he deserved to be All Pro. He was very good for parts of the season, but had some down moments as well.

Mathis deserved his recognition, although I think PFF choosing him as the greatest human of the last decade might have been a bit much.

As long as Shady doesn’t get awards based on bus etiquette, I think he deserves everything he gets this year.

DeSean Jackson deserved to go to the Pro Bowl. He had a fantastic season.

I don’t see how anyone could have a beef with Foles getting honored for his breakout year. Argue about the future all you want, but the guy put up freakishly good numbers this year.

Chip Kelly is a tougher subject. He was given Coach of the Year by the Maxwell Club, a Philly group. I don’t think you can say this is total bias because Kelly will get lots of COY votes in other polls. I’m not sure he’ll win any other COY awards, though. Does he deserve this recognition?

I think you can absolutely make that case.

Andy Reid will get lots of support for the job he did in KC. Big Red did great stuff for the Chiefs. But he also inherited a team that had a bunch of Pro Bowl talent already in place. KC went 2-14 last year because they had no QB play and a dysfunctional team. Romeo Crennel proved to be a bad coach. Reid traded for Alex Smith. That is the one huge move that had to be made. The top rusher and receivers all returned. Most of the OL was already in place. The top pass rushers, tacklers and cover guys returned. Reid got them to quit turning the ball over and they scored some TDs. KC also played one of the weakest schedules in the league. And they only beat 1 team with a winning record – the Eagles.

Reid already knew how to coach in the NFL. There was no learning curve for him.

Kelly came in to Philly with lots of new ideas. He took over for a coach the players loved, Reid, and had to win them over. Kelly had to adjust to the NFL. He had a young QB play at an elite level. He had a new secondary other new faces in the front seven. Kelly had the Eagles do some historic things on offense. The entire NFL took notice of what he was doing and studied his ideas.

I think you can easily say Kelly deserves the award over Reid.

That said, you can make a case for Bruce Arians or Mike McCoy for turning around down teams and getting them to win. They got veteran QBs to play their best football in a while. Ron Rivera led the Panthers to their best season in a while. He deserves some votes for sure.

I think the 2 guys who deserve the award the most are Bill Belichick and Jim Harbaugh. The Pats dealt with tons of injuries and crazy circumstances, but still went 12-4. The argument against them is that the AFC East was bad this year and they weren’t really challenged. Harbaugh led the Niners to a 12-4 record, despite playing a very tough schedule. He also was missing some key players. Aldon Smith was out for 5 games due to his drinking situation. Michael Crabtree was limited to 5 games due to injury.

Back to the Eagles…did anyone get robbed of an honor/award? I don’t think so. If they create something for impact INTs, Brandon Boykin deserves it. For now, he’s left to dream.


40 Comments on “Eagles Honors”

  1. 1 sprawl said at 9:46 PM on January 18th, 2014:

    Did we have anyone even lined up as a probowl alternate last year?

  2. 2 TommyLawlor said at 10:17 PM on January 18th, 2014:

    Good question. Mathis maybe.

  3. 3 goeagles55 said at 6:39 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    Correct. ( http://www.nj.com/eagles/index.ssf/2012/12/no_eagles_make_pro-bowl_roster.html )

  4. 4 ACViking said at 12:54 AM on January 19th, 2014:


    Thanx for this post. Great argument about Belichick.

  5. 5 shah8 said at 1:07 AM on January 19th, 2014:


    What about Donnie Jones?

    You forgot Donnie Jones! Beat off some young punk, kicking tall balls, and rarely having to be that last dude to make the tackle…And if he was, he wouldn’t both horse-collar and facemask the poor return guy like that other dude, whatisname…Henry, Hendy, eh, forget it.

  6. 6 Sean said at 1:11 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    It comes down to this for me: Who did more with less? Chip Kelly inherited a team that was 4-12 and 6 total points away from 0-16. They had a grand total of 0 pro bowlers, and scored 10 less ppg than they allowed. To top that all off, he’s had by far the greatest coaching impact; he has already begun to change the league with his ideas.

  7. 7 BreakinAnklez said at 10:12 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    Agreed. Andy inherited a pretty talented team that majority underachieved.

  8. 8 Weapon Y said at 1:59 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    I don’t disagree, BUT let’s not pretend the Eagles had no talent. They had Shady and DeSean, as well as a solid OL with Peters, Mathis, Kelce, and Herremans. Where Chip deserves credit is using those guys better than Andy ever did.

  9. 9 Sean said at 6:35 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    Exactly, those guys were all injured, misused, underperforming, or all of the above. Chip made them healthier, better players.

  10. 10 anon said at 1:28 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    The fact that we have 4 offensive pro bowlers and nothing even close on D says a lot.

  11. 11 shah8 said at 1:52 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    A good year is when we’re talking about who deserves awards. No matter what went on, or how sustainable we think it is, it was a good year. Just wandered over to the Vikes messaging boards and there are all sorts of rumors that AD has demanded a trade or something. When it’s a bad, toxic, year, like Min this year, Eagles last year, Cleveland, still manufacturing more sadness than anyone wants to buy, bad news just seeps on in…

  12. 12 Anders said at 2:33 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    I think Boykin deserve pro bowl honor, he was better than some of the outside cbs and we got pure slot wrs like Welker making the pro bowl (who Boykin blanketed when on him)

  13. 13 Baloophi said at 4:07 AM on January 19th, 2014:


    Here are some guys that seem like they might look good with wings on their helmets next year. I’m interested to see how they look down in Mobile. For some reason, I seem to have little interest in O-Line, though I probably should…


    JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU – OLB – 6’3, 244, Georgia Tech
    – Has a nose for sacks but too small for Kelly?
    – Possible nickname: “Gesundheit”

    LAMIN BARROW – ILB – 6’2, 232, LSU
    – Too small for Kelly?
    – How does he compare to Christian Jones and Yawin Smallwood?

    TAJH BOYD – QB – 6’1, 225, Clemson
    – If he slips to 6 or 7 does he make any sense?
    – Foles, Barkley… Boyd? I dunno…

    TERRENCE BROOKS – S – 5’11, 200, Florida State
    – What style of safety is he?
    – How does he compare to the top underclassmen (Clinton-Dix, Pryor, Reynolds, Bailey), and where does he fit amongst Bucannon, Dixon, Ladler, Loston, etc. in Mobile?

    DEONE BUCANNON – S – 6’1, 198, Wash. State
    – Where does he stack up against the safety competition?
    – Is he worth a high 2 (if we trade back)? In a world where Pryor and Clinton-Dix are gone before our pick, would we entertain taking him at #22? Seems too high but trading back could lose him and I bet he starts creeping up the boards post Combine.
    – If I’m an opposing QB, I know I wouldn’t want to face a Wolff Cannon.

    DEANDRE COLEMAN – DT – 6’5, 315, Cal
    – Motor?
    – Versatility?
    – Competition for Trash Can?

    AARON COLVIN – CB – 5’11, 182, Oklahoma
    – Ball skills?
    – Jump ball skills?
    – Tether-ball skills?

    CHRIS DAVIS – CB – 5’11, 200, Auburn
    – Does he also stay up at night wondering if he had jumped just a little bit higher at the end of the BCS Championship then maybe I wouldn’t have had to ride back from the Rose Bowl in complete silence with my shell-shocked in-laws?

    MIKE DAVIS – WR – 6’2, 195, Texas
    – Avant replacement?

    PIERRE DESIR – CB – 6’2, 206, Lindenwood
    – You can’t teach size, but you also can’t necessarily teach pass coverage… back me up here, Curtis Marsh.
    – Is Lindenwood an actual school, or the estate neighboring Downton Abbey?

    AHMAD DIXON – S – 6’0, 205, Baylor
    – Again, where does he fit along the spectrum of safeties?
    – If there’s a run on safeties, is he worth our 2nd?
    – Panic!!!

    C.J. FIEDOROWICZ – TE – 6’7, 265, Iowa
    – Secretly, I hope he stinks it up so we don’t have to spell his name for the next decade.

    DEE FORD – OLB – 6’2, 240, Auburn
    – Is he too small for Chip? Probably.

    KYLE FULLER – CB – 5’11, 190, Virginia Tech
    – Ball skills?

    JAMES GAYLE – DE – 6’4, 255, Virginia Tech
    – Can he add weight / 3-4 DE?
    – Also, pick a first name, right???

    RA’SHEDE HAGEMAN – DT – 6’6, 311, Minnesota
    – Motor?
    – If the board falls such that this monster is there at #22, do you consider him? Seems like he could go anywhere from mid-first to mid-second, though I wonder if DT should be a priority. Could be a good BPA litmus test for Howie-Chip…

    ROBERT HERRON – WR – 5’10, 187, Wyoming
    – This guy HAS to tickle Chip’s pickle, right?
    – If we get him and he promises to lose an “R” from his last name, then we can have a Heron who is also an Eagle… food for thought.

    STANLEY JEAN-BAPTISTE – CB – 6’3, 220, Nebraska
    – Don’t know why, but this guy just seems like he should be an eagle.
    – How far off the top-tier CB’s is he?
    – Can we pair him with Pierre Desir for a Francophiliac secondary?

    CHRISTIAN JONES – ILB – 6’4, 235, Florida State
    – Where does he fit among the ILB’s?
    – How does he compare to Mosley, Smallwood, Skov & Barrow? (law firm?)

    DAQUAN JONES – DT – 6’3, 318, Penn State
    – Apologies to local fans, but I don’t know much about him in terms of versatility and motor…
    – We need DT depth, but how high of a pick should we spend?

    KENNY LADLER – S – 6’1, 205, Vanderbilt

    CRAIG LOSTON – S – 6’2, 209, LSU
    – I always worry about LSU secondary types in that a rising tide lifts all boats… it will be interesting to see him on an island during practices.
    – I randomly used two nautical metaphors in the point above… weird.
    – Also, will NFL schemes be “lost on” him? Sadly, that was not random. Sigh…

    KAREEM MARTIN – DE – 6’6, 265, UNC
    – I’ll admit I’m totally adrift in terms of what Chip wants along the D-Line, but this guy’s kind of Brandon Bair-sized, so that probably means something, right?
    – Nautical metaphor.

    JORDAN MATTHEWS – WR – 6’3, 206, Vanderbilt
    – What style does he play with? Speed?
    – Larry Fitzgerald sized vs. Benjamin or Evans sized… does that translate to anything meaningful?
    – Over/Under the number of times NFL Network analysts bring up his relation to Jerry Rice: 921

    DANIEL MCCULLERS – DT – 6’8, 351, Tennessee
    – What does he do with that gravitational pull?
    – I doubt even Drew Brees himself could run through this guy 7 times in a row on 4th and short.

    KEITH MCGILL – CB – 6’3, 205, Utah
    – Like the size… not sure about the speed.
    – Can he switch to safety? How about kicker?

    TRENT MURPHY – DE/OLB – 6’6, 261, Stanford
    – Is he purely a DE, or does he have enough athleticism to Barwin-it-up on the edge?
    – How would he fit in Philly, or is he not a match?

    KEVIN NORWOOD – WR – 6’2, 195, Alabama
    – UDFA Avant replacement?
    – We’re not thin on WR bodies but I’d be interested to see how he does in camp…

    LOGAN THOMAS – QB – 6’6, 254, Virginia Tech
    – Have to think Chip is curious about him.
    – Interested to see what happens in the draft – he shouldn’t be taken before the seventh round based on performance but he is a 6’6 QB with a live arm and live legs.
    – If we take him and he wins a game with a long scramble, we can always refer to it as Logan’s Run.

    KYLE VAN NOY – OLB – 6’3, 245, BYU
    – Like Jean-Baptiste, I have an unexplainable belief that this guy should be an Eagle.
    – That said, is he the ideal size for Kelly? Or does his production and effort trump his deviation from the standard?

    JAYLEN WATKINS – CB – 6’0, 181, Florida
    – Is this a mid-round target if we whiff on CB’s before that point?

    JORDAN ZUMWALT – ILB – 6’4, 235, UCLA
    – Is he an ILB or an OLB… seen it every which way.
    – Late round, or is the “generic backer” department of our roster occupado?

  14. 14 planetx1971 said at 4:50 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    Wow. Great work Baloophi. I’ll search on this Kevin Van Noy cat (and others) a bit. Still so blah about the rest of the season without my birds that the games will be watched with equal parts peripheral vision & disgust anyway. So thanks!

  15. 15 Anders said at 7:53 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    Im gonna add a few:

    TELVIN SMITH – ILB – 6’3, 218, FSU
    -How much does he really weight?
    -Is he big enough on the weight for ILB for us? He got the range and coverage skill needed in todays NFL, but is he big enough to tackle RBs and shed blocks?

    DEE FORD – 6’2, 240, AUBURN
    -How high is he really?
    -If he meassure in at under 6’2, he is off the table, but if he is maybe 6’24, is that high enough or long enough for Kelly?

    ADRIAN HUBBARD- 6’6. 252, Bama
    -Perfect size, but can he rush the passer?

    CHRIS BOLLAND – 5’11, 240
    -rumors is that he is even smaller than 5’11
    -do Kelly wants to two sub 6’0 ILBs? Sacrifice some height for athletic ability?

  16. 16 Rambler said at 11:22 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    There is no competition for Trash Can! Trash Can simply lays waste to all that oppose him. It is rubbish to “refuse” to believe this.

  17. 17 theycallmerob said at 12:09 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    Very well done.
    A few more, including OL: Morgan Moses, OT, UVA; Parkey, PK, Auburn; Tripp, OLB, Montana; Boswell, PK, Rice; Huff, WR, Oregon; Campanaro, WR, Wake; Linder, OG, Miami

  18. 18 Dominik said at 1:07 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    “- Possible nickname: “Gesundheit””


    Interesting post, mate.

  19. 19 suthrneagle said at 2:53 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    Wow,humor with analytical options,ha ha

  20. 20 Maggie said at 11:42 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    Nice to see all the hard work AND a sense of humor.

  21. 21 Mike Flick said at 7:32 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    To get Boykin an award, this is what we can do.

    You always hear the pound for pound best athlete. Maybe we could come up with interceptions per inch and play.

    Something like # Interceptions / (plays on the field * Inches Tall)

    He will win that one for sure. Greatest impact player per Inch per play. Ever.

  22. 22 Corry said at 7:34 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    I think Peters was actually All NFC, not All Pro. I didn’t even know All Conference was really a thing.

  23. 23 Anders said at 7:44 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    Peters is All pro

  24. 24 Corry said at 8:42 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    I was thinking about the PFWA awards. That’s where he got All NFC. My mistake.

  25. 25 Mike Flick said at 7:34 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    But a good team defensive goal next year would be to get a defensive guy on the pro bowl.

    DeMeco, Kendricks and Cox are all potential guys who could make it. We need one of the guys to get the recognition. Plus our D has to play better as a unit earlier in the season.

  26. 26 Gary Barnes said at 9:48 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    I hear/read this all over Philadelphia about Reid and what he did in KC….

    Why is it when coaches leave here we feel the need to knock them down and find reasons to undercut what they accomplished?

    What is NEVER admitted is the very good talent Kelly inherited when taking the job: McCoy, Vick, Foles, DJax, Celek, Peters, Mathis, Kelce, Brown, Cole, Ryans, Kendricks, Cox etc.

    Both coaches CHOSE their jobs at least in part because of the talent in place…why is that a bad thing?? Why would that be used against Reid, but never mentioned in relation to Kelly as if Kelly turned the bad news bears into NFC east champions…its really silly.

    Plus, are you telling me the Eagles have a hard schedule? lol, our division was the worst in football and we got a ton of breaks during the year not to mention got very lucky with injuries which Reid’s KC team did not…

    The Cheifs only beat 1 team with a winning record…uhh the Eagles only beat 2 so whats the point and likely would not have beaten GB if they had Rodgers. DET finished 7-9 and Dallas 8-8.

    Both are very good HC and both did wonderful jobs with their squads this year. Can’t we just give them both kudos without having to denigrate one and glorify the other? It would be nice to present ALL the facts fairly on both sides and let the reader decide what they believe.

  27. 27 Patrick said at 10:47 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    I don’t think there is any doubt that the Chiefs had an easier turnaround in the Eagles. The reasons have already been made(Injuries ruined a great defense, offense lacked a QB, poor coaching just to name a few), so I won’t go deep into that, mostly because your point, IMO, is irrelevant.

    I doubt that you’ll find very many Eagles fans, especially on this site, that doesn’t greatly admire Andy Reid, despite his obvious shortcomings(passing heavy, clock management etc), and consider him one of the best coaches in the history of the Eagles. Before the season started i saw a lot of people wishing Andy all the best in KC and a hell of a lot more congratulating him on his KC start. I don’t see anyone trying to knock Andy down, Tommy made some points about why he would choose Chip > Andy, and you can disagree with those, but he prefaced it by saying that “Big Red did great stuff for the Chiefs” and we’re talking about Coach OTY, i don’t think that could ever be a bad thing and i don’t know how you find that to be a statement slamming Reid.

  28. 28 Gary Barnes said at 1:43 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    I would disagree there is no doubt the Chiefs had an easier turnaround…in fact I listed several reasons why that would NOT be true.
    Again, Kelly inherited just as much good talent here including 99% of the offense that was dominant at times and broke records and most of the defensive talent that led that squad this year i.e. Ryans, Kendricks, Cox, Cole etc.
    The Chiefs play in a far tougher division, only the Raiders were bad this year compared to Kelly whose best competition was a flawed 8-8 Cowboys team…
    KC suffered important injuries again this year, especially on the defensive side while the Eagles had pretty much total health except for Vick and Foles made him a memory with his great play.
    Vick and Foles were already here as QB while Reid had to engineer an trade for Smith and build the system around his talents. As we know, QB is the vital position and Reid had to start from scratch with a player no one on the team knew. Many doubted Reid’s choice of Smith, but it turned out to be a great success overall.
    Its certainly not irrelevant and dismissible even if you decide to ignore it. They both have very strong cases for COTY and both are deserving of winning…and one could easily argue for either over the other as we’ve shown. Its certainly NOT beyond doubt as to who is right.

  29. 29 suthrneagle said at 3:48 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    One of the reasons I think the Philly fans give Chip the nod for COTY is because he did more with the team that he inherited than Reid had done with that team the two previous years.

  30. 30 Patrick said at 6:50 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    I don’t really want to get into it, but no, there is no doubt in my mind that KC was an easier job. Lets just look at the roster.
    The Chiefs defense was and is so much better than ours its not even funny. I give credit to Reid for getting Poe to play outstanding, but players like Hali, Houston, Berry, D.Johnson, Flowers, Sean Smith and Tyson Jackson were exactly who we though they were. Remember you can’t judge Fletch, Barwin, Cary Williams etc. those were Chips signings.

    Lets get to offense. You can’t look at Foles this season, but what he did as a rookie. Despite paying a steep price for a limited player, Alex Smith > rookie Nick Foles and Mike Vick from the last 2 years of Reid, especially since everyone was saying that Foles was NOT a Chip QB and everyone knew that Vick wasn’t gonna stay healthy. Reid had to do something about the QB and he solves it very well, but you simply can’t say that you think Foles would have had the same year if Reid would have traded for him instead?
    Shady and Desean against Charles and Bowe is a push, and while think Celek and a rookie TE(Ertz) is a little better than Fasano and a rookie TE(Kelce) is an small margin. Cooper was miles better under Chip than Andy.
    The OL is pretty evenly matched with Albert against Peters coming back and Asamoah against Herrdawg, but i’ll give us the nod with Mathis and Kelce.
    Also, their ST is far better than ours. Colquitt over McBriar(Donnie Football was a chip signing), Succop over Henery and McCluster over Damaris.

    So in the end you have the Chiefs in a much better position on defense and ST, with us maybe taking the offense by a small margin, but without a QB, the most important position in football.
    Who on the Chiefs did Reid make improve like crazy? Alex Smith was pretty much the same IMO. Charles, Bowe too, correct me if I’m wrong, He improved their OL and took their top 10 defense into a top 5 defense for most of the year but how much of that was players returning from injury. Now look at Chip, he got career years from DeSean and Shady, made Nick Foles one of the best QBs this year and our offense was suddenly a top 5 offense. Defense was still a mess, but don’t tell me that you missed DRC and Nnamdi, even Chung played better than those too.

    I get what you’re saying about the division, but on the other hand the AFC was a complete mess. Outside the 6 PO teams, the rest of the AFC stunk. Steelers and Ravens just as flawed as the Cowboys. Helle even the Colts, Bengals and Chargers weren’t nowhere near as strong as the Panthers and Saints. Indy was up and down all season, Chargers too. Both of their defenses wasn’t that much better than ours. Bengals were a weird team, just like Houston was the years before. Was anyone surprised when Dalton(Schaub for Houston in prior years) fucked it up in the play offs?

  31. 31 Maggie said at 11:48 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    Reid spent most of his adult life coaching in the NFL. Kelly is learning on the job. Reid refuses to acknowledge his own flaws. Kelly is the first to do so. Reid brought a junkie drug dealer with a bagful of pharmaceuticals into the training room last year. Kelly brought sports science this year. Just 3 quick comparisons.

  32. 32 TommyLawlor said at 1:24 PM on January 19th, 2014:


    I love Big Red. Was very happy to see him win in KC. I won’t be the least bit bothered if he wins Coach of the Year.

    Just wanted to bring up the subject. I think the perception for general NFL people is that Reid deserves the award. I just wanted to point out that the situation wasn’t nearly as dire as it seemed.

    There is no doubt that Kelly inherited talent. I wrote a while back that Reid left Kelly a better situation that what he inherited from Rhodes.

  33. 33 Gary Barnes said at 1:48 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    Thanks Tommy, for your fair and honest response. Both coaches IMO picked very wisely where they would coach and a part of that was the talent they inherited and what they felt they could bring to turn the ship around quickly.
    And this is not a “big love” for Reid angle either, I respect Reid definitely, but my bigger concern is we (philadelphia fans/media) IMO tend to deify a coach too soon. We need to see more of what Kelly can do before we get too carried away. Alot broke right this year for our Eagles which may not in 2014.

  34. 34 suthrneagle said at 3:15 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    No. 1 of the reasons for `Kelly inherited talent` is Foles…he was ecstatic to him. The team as a whole,for sure. Foles in particular

  35. 35 ACViking said at 11:52 AM on January 19th, 2014:

    Re: Some NFL Coaching History

    There have been 317 coaching changes in the past 54 seasons (since 1960 when the AFL began, and not including this year).

    Of those 317 changes, only 22 of the new coaches turned a loser into a playoff team. 18 of those 22 turnarounds occurred in the past 21 years, since 1993 when free agency began.

    Kelly’s on that list, obviously. So is Ray Rhodes (for some perspective).

    We really won’t know what we have with Kelly for 3 or 4 more years — including how he stacks up against other coaches.

    In the first 5 years of the Ravens’ John Harbaugh era, his team made the playoffs all 5 seasons, playing in 3 AFC title games and 1 SB. (Harbaugh missed the playoffs this year for the first time.)

    In the first 3 years of the 49ers Jim Harbaugh regime, San Francisco has played in all 3 NFC title games and 1 (maybe 2) SBs.

    [Not sure what their father Jack Harbaugh, 42 years as a college ass’t coach, said around the dinner table — but the guy is a “Coach Whisperer.”]

    In the first 6 years of Bill Cowhers’ time in Pittsburgh, the Steelers made the playoffs every time, including 3 AFC title games and 1 SB.

    In year 2 of the Reid era, the Eagles were just about to start a 5-year playoff run that included 4 straight NFC title games and 1 SB.

    Going further back . . . to the greatest of all coaches — Vince Lombardi took a perennial loser in Green Bay, 11 straight non-winning seasons, and turned them into a plus-.500 team in ’59, and then began a run of 6 NFL title games in 8 seasons, with 5 champions (including 2 SB wins against inferior AFL teams). In Lombardi’s lone season as the Washington head coach in 1969, he led a team with 12 straight losing seasons and one .500 season in the prior 13 years, to 7-5-2 — and set the table for George Allen’s SB run in ’72.

    Speaking of Allen, he took over the LA Rams in ’66 (after 7 straight losing seasons), and posted 5 straight winning seasons including 2 playoff appearances. After his first season, the Rams’ worst record was 9-4-1. The problem for Allen? He was in the NFL’s West Division fighting the Lombardi Packers and the Shula Colts. And after Allen took over in Washington in ’71 ( coming off a losing season under Bill Austin), Allen led Washington to 5 playoff appearances in 6 seasons, including 1 SB.

    Don Shula was a master with 2 different teams. He took over a .500 Colts team in ’63 and ran off 7 straight winning seasons, including 3 playoff runs and the infamous loss in SB-III. His worst season coaching the Colts, after an 8-6 start and 8-5-1 finish, was 9-5. He had 11-1-2 and 13-1 seasons also.

    Shula’s greatness came with his move to the Dolphins — a team that never won more than 5 games before he arrived. His first season, he led Miami to a 10-4 record and a playoff appearance. The next 4 season, the Dolphins appeared in 3 straight SBs, winning 2 (including the 17-0 season of ’72), and another playoff appearance. He then ran off 17 winning seasons in 19 years — before being replaced by Jimmy Johnson.

    T-LAW has said that his focus on Kelly was prompted by an “NFL Life” piece on Jimmy Johnson. He took a wretched Cowboys team — worse than than Jacksonville — and after 2 losing season, had 3 playoff appearances that included 2 SB victories.

    (I’ve left out guys like George Seifert, Red Miller, and John Madden — all of whom inherited winning or championship teams and kept on winning.)


    Kelly had a nice run this season with the Eagles.

    But especially recent history shows has a lot to accomplish before being considered a great coach.

  36. 36 P_P_K said at 1:05 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    Good research.

  37. 37 suthrneagle said at 3:04 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    So much fun to read your comments…wouldn`t even cross my mind to think about a 1/3 of what you put on here…ok, only a 10th…

  38. 38 Baloophi said at 3:11 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    I don’t understand – we’re supposed to learn something from history??

  39. 39 Dominik said at 1:27 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    “I think the 2 guys who deserve the award the most are Bill Belichick and Jim Harbaugh.”

    Nailed it, as so often, T-Law. I usually don’t like COTY from already great teams, but Belichick and Harbaugh did a very good job this year. Especially Belichick with the tons of injuries they had.

    My list would be:

    1. Belichick

    2. Kelly (could be an Eagles bias, but Kelly did more on his side of the ball than Reid, who also had a great season)

    3. Reid

    4. Harbaugh

    5. Arians

    But we did see some impressive coaching this year. I think Trestman has a bright future ahead of him as an NFL HC. Rivera coached good on Defense. Carroll is a great HC. Payton is a great HC.
    And I probably forgot a few Coaches, too.

  40. 40 Ramsay said at 2:00 PM on January 19th, 2014:

    When is the nfl awards ceremony? Or did i already miss it? This year might be interesting since AP won’t be winning everything