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Coughlin ranked ahead of Belichick among NFL coaches

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  May 25, 2012 07:30 AM

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Here's another ranking up for debate:

NFL writer Clifton Brown of Sporting News has posted his ranking of NFL head coaches, 1-32, taking into consideration each coach's accomplishments, but also where he is now.

Brown declares the Giants' Tom Coughlin as the league's top coach, with the Patriots' Bill Belichick second.

Here's his explanation on the top two, plus where he ranked the rest of the coaches in the AFC East:

1. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants
No present coach has a better knack for getting his team to play best when it counts the most. He has won two Super Bowls as the underdog. He has won two NFC championship games on the road. And he has done it in the pressure-cooker of the New York media market.

Coughlin is the NFL's oldest coach — he turns 66 in August — but shows no sign of slowing down. It has never been better to be Coughlin.

Overall record (16 years): 142-114. Record with Giants: 74-54. Playoff record: 11-7. Super Bowl record: 2-0.

2. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
With three Super Bowl rings, no current coach can match his resume. Belichick has been remarkably consistent, with at least 10 wins in each of the past nine seasons. His place as an all-time great coach is secured.

So why isn’t Belichick in the No. 1 slot? Because he has lost three consecutive games to Coughlin, including two Super Bowls. Lifetime, Belichick is 1-5 against Coughlin.

Overall record (17 years): 175-97. Record with Patriots: 139-53. Playoff record: 17-7. Super Bowl record: 3-2.

13. Rex Ryan, New York Jets
Let's see: There's Tebow-mania, potential locker room issues and the New York media. Ryan has lost 90 pounds, but there's still plenty on his plate.

Overall record (3 years): 28-20. Playoff record: 4-2.

Chan Gailey, Buffalo Bills
Gailey's team made noise during the offseason. Now comes the harder part — making noise in the AFC East.

Overall record (4 years): 28-36. Record with Bills: 10-22.

30. Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins
The fan base is frustrated, but Philbin hopes the long search for a franchise quarterback has ended with Ryan Tannehill.

Overall record: 0-0

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