By HCR Staff | August 28, 2019
Continuing with our series on how we perceive all NFL Head Coaches, and the tiers they would fit into for us:
Jason Garrett – the hard thing about Garrett’s job is that he not only has to manage his players, but he also has to manage his owner, and that is as tough a job in the NFL as one can have. We have Garrett in this lower-tier simply because we really aren’t sure what his brand of football is.
Jay Gruden – he has been the unluckiest coach in the NFL over the last several seasons. Injuries have ravaged his teams each year, so it is really difficult to gauge his effectiveness. We like his offensive acumen, but wonder about the control he has in the locker room. He also is hobbled by a challenging front office.
Sean McDermott– he is a great defensive coordinator, but the jury still is out for us with respect to his head coaching ability. He has shown strong flashes toward excellent game management ability, but he has had to endure a challenging time as the Bills have completely reworked their roster.
Pat Shurmur – he has a high degree of football intelligence and a lot of experience. Shurmur brings tremendous passion to the job and he desperately wants to prove that his first go-around as Browns head coach was not indicative of his abilities. Shurmur runs hot, however, and we sometimes wonder if that affects his judgment.
Mike Vrabel – we really like the promise that Vrabel shows. He is going to deliver a physical brand of football, and he would rather have his team execute at a higher level than the opponent, as opposed to trying to out scheme the opposition. He has some ways to go, however, in his game management judgments.