The NFL landscape changes year to year outside of a few of things.
- Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
- Pete Carroll gets his team to the playoffs.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers are always competitive.
Everything else is random.
At the 2017 Senior Bowl College Football 24/7 asked 25 different prospects which NFL head coach they would like to play for when they reach the NFL.
It showed how the landscape changes year in and year out.
In the poll, they top coaching choices were Belichick, Carroll and Mike Tomlin. Here were the overall results:
Full poll results (votes):
Bill Belichick, Patriots (7)
Pete Carroll, Seahawks (5)
Mike Tomlin, Steelers (3)
Dan Quinn, Falcons (3)
Jason Garrett, Cowboys (2)
Sean Payton, Saints (1)
Andy Reid, Chiefs (1)
Bill Cowher (1)
Mike Smith, Bucs defensive coordinator (1)
Rex Ryan (1)
It is not surprising to see Quinn on the list, he has the most recent success in the NFL. I wonder if Ron Rivera was more like last year.
It is interesting that Bruce Arians, who is seen as the “cool uncle” by many players in the NFL, is not on the list at all.
What do you think? Was the poor year for the Cardinals to blame for the lack of Arians presence?
Are you surprised to see Belichick and Carroll on top?