Column: NFL’s lack of powerhouse teams makes coach of the year too close to call

Column: NFL’s lack of powerhouse teams makes coach of the year too close to call

Sez Me…

The way most NFL owners run their organizations — which is more hack Lizzy Borden than surgical Michael DeBakey — the day may come when Coach of the Year will be the one of 32 not fired. Probably Pittsburgh’s.

Or maybe someone who has taken their millions and is looking for a coordinator job to keep busy.

The award, which only accounts for regular season results (no need to win a championship should matter), close-up magician looks difficult this season.

I don’t have a voice, but my guess is that the first thing those who have one should ask themselves is, “Who did he beat?”

If anyone coached a great team in 2022, he should be the automatic winner. But it wasn’t a great team. Not so much as an almost fantastic team. So it’s out.

Which also means that no coach beats a big or almost big team. So it’s out.

You are what your schedule said you were.

But the way the game is now, if a good team somehow develops, it won’t be one the year after. The Rams, who were very good, not great, won the Super Bowl in February, and now the Also-Rams. And the way LA’s pony is set up to do one trick, the Lombardi Trophy is going to be home alone for a while.

The award often goes to a coach like Horatio Algered a team up from the sewers. And it should most of the time, although it can often be harder to keep a club at the top than to get there.

The list of 2022 COY candidates could be long.

Bill Belichick isn’t going to win, but he hasn’t done much better than what he did, with eight wins out of his group with unmatched offensive socks. The Patriots’ defense was outstanding.

It’s the 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan, who used three different quarterbacks and won his last 10 games — the last five with rookie Brock Purdy, the 2022 draft’s Mr. Irrelevant. And he has had the best defense, which will come in handy after the holidays.

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Philadelphia’s Nick Sirianni, Kansas City’s Andy Reid, Buffalo’s Sean McDermott, Cincinnati’s Zac Taylor and Shanahan have coached the best teams.

You have to love the job former Aztecs QB Kevin O’Connell did as a rookie head coach in Minnesota, taking an 8-9 Vikings team to 13 wins — despite being outscored by five points overall.

Pete Carroll, who dumped Russell Wilson on Denver during the offseason, revived the career of Geno Smith and made the playoffs.

Another rookie, Brian Daboll, has done a nice job with the Giants, drawing the talent out of QB Daniel Jones and making the playoffs.

Dan Campbell, the trainer’s trainer, has entered the den where the lions have lain dormant for more than half a century and awakened the beasts.

Doug Peterson has worked wonders in Jacksonville – bringing Trevor Lawrence out of his shell.

Of course, the price does not guarantee anything. Among the winners since 2000, five remain with the same clubs – including the last three, which should wait to be canned.

Shanahan will probably get it.

But winners with players? Who cares?

My pick for COY has already gotten The Big Haircut, Houston’s Lovie Smith. Love Lovie, who lost his massage-happy quarterback and made his kids play to win through the finals against Indianapolis.

He managed three wins and a tie from the Texans’ Division II roster supplied by a Stooges organization before being asked to bring in his laptop and his pink tie showing. …

You know who would make a great NFL head coach, with awesome press conferences? George Santos. “This is my dream job – except when I was running the Third Army during World War II.” …

It shows Kyle Murray will have an opinion on hiring the next Arizona head coach. Diamondbacks? …

Aaron Rodgers refused to give his jersey to a Packers receiver after the loss to Detroit, saying, “I don’t give my clothes to strangers.” …

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Did you notice Christian McCaffrey look up at the video board while he was being chased Saturday during the 66-yard run? …

Judas made a great mistake in allowing it Uchenna Nwosu to walk. …

Dominique Foxworth says Jerry Jones may not want to shoot Mike McCarthy for the benefit of Sean Payton because if the Cowboys win a Super Bowl with Sean, JJ won’t get the credit. Smartest thing I’ve heard all week. …

Sean McVay have done their career wrong. He stays with the Rams. …

Unless of course, Sean wants to be traded to another team for all the draft picks LA used to win a Super Bowl and sell his future. …

Alex the Grinch will be retained as USC’s defensive coordinator, which appears to be the case Bobby Beathard says Kevin Gilbride: “Great job.” …

But defenders walk through the transition portal to Troy like it’s Ellis Island. …

Per Mr. Source: The real reason New Mexico State’s football team has pulled out of its 2023 season opener with San Diego State? The Aggies’ defensive staff threatened to quit if they had to study the Aztecs’ offensive game film. …

All this fuss over local college hoopsters winning without covering spreads. Don’t bet. …

The Padres are doing well in signing Nelson Cruz cheap, but he is also another Fernando Tatis Jr. Provider. A male nanny is a manny. They have one Manny to keep an eye on Fernando. Next, if all else fails, Luca Brasi. …

When I hear the Pads have signed Trevor BauerI know Peter Seidler sold the club to the Kansas City Chiefs. …

“I want to play for a team that doesn’t buy championships.” It is Carlos Correa, admitted cheating trash can banger and serial physical flunker. …

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Saw this: The Mets’ Buck Showalter has been named the handsomest baseball manager in yet another poll by someone. Unjust. The vote took place before Bruce Bochy joins the Rangers. …

January 1, 1980. Rose Bowl. No. 3 USC 17, No. 1 Ohio State 16. Incredibly tough Heisman running back beats other QB Art Schlichter in the fourth quarter. Fullback Marcus AllenHeisman-winning tailback two years later, tells me in the locker room, “I knew we were going to win when I saw the light in Charles Whitethe eyes.” RIP, Charles. Great player. …

Perhaps the two best football games I’ve seen in person were back-to-back – the one Jim McMahon The Holiday Bowl and the Rose. …

A sequel to “The Passion of the Christ” is being planned. The working title must be “The Passion of the Christ: IInd Coming.” …

Congratulations to Jay Privman, The Horse Listener, for its special Eclipse Award. First race writer to reveal Mr. Ed. …

I’d like to see Ham & Eggers live in the areas of San Diego they hope to overpopulate and destroy, and either bike or take non-public transportation to work. …

You can take everything in my kitchen, even the sink. Except for the gas stove. …

I have returned all classified documents, except perhaps a few yellowed anonymous source notes. …

What if skydivers jumped 5,000 feet into the Broncos’ stadium? …

Prince Harry says he will never return to the royal family – unless he gets tired of working. …

There for a while I was afraid TCU, under extreme torture, might give up my age – or IQ – to Georgia.

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