Steelers’ Mike Tomlin ranks as NFL’s 5th-best coach, per CBS; Eagles’ Pederson checks in at No. 26
Mike Tomlin has steered the Pittsburgh Steelers to a Super Bowl win, seven playoff appearances and five division titles, but he’s still nowhere close to catching the top-ranked coach on CBSSports’ list.
As CBS’ Pete Prisco puts it, Patriots sideline general Bill Belichick “is arguably the greatest coach of all time.” But Tomlin still found a cushy place at No. 5 on Prisco’s rankings, trailing only Belichick, Mike McCarthy (Packers), Andy Reid (Chiefs) and Pete Carroll (Seahawks).
Through a decade roaming the Steelers’ sidelines, Tomlin owns a 103-57 regular-season record and an 8-6 mark in the playoffs. Prisco also pointed out that Pittsburgh has never posted a losing record in any of Tomlin’s 10 seasons at the helm.
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“There are some who question whether he’s just a guy who oversees everything rather than a hands-on coach,” Prisco wrote. “I don’t buy that. He knows what it takes to win, no matter how he gets it done.”
On the other side of the state, Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson faces a steep uphill climb to near the upper echelon. Prisco tabbed Pederson as the NFL’s No. 26 coach, which might seem even more discouraging when you consider that the rankings left all five first-year head coaches tied at No. 28.
Only the Jets’ Todd Bowles has at least a year of experience and ranked below Pederson.
Pederson guided the Eagles through an up-and-down 7-9 campaign in 2016, his first year on the job. Though the Birds fizzled after a 3-0 start, some pundits think Philly is headed toward contention with Pederson settling into his role and 24-year-old quarterback Carson Wentz cemented as the face of the franchise.
Others, though, are skeptical of Pederson after a rocky first year. Prisco sees to be taking a wait-and-see approach.
“When a guy starts a rookie quarterback his first season as coach, it’s tough to evaluate him,” Prisco wrote. “But Pederson did a nice job getting the Eagles to 7-9, although they did start fast before fading. Even so, the former quarterback who learned under Andy Reid seems to have a good feel for being a head coach. As quarterback Carson Wentz improves, Pederson will look a lot better as well.”
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