Power ranking the Redskins' 2016 Opponents: Head Coaches
Ranking the Redskins' opposing head coaches in 2016
The Redskins face a tough 2016 NFL schedule, which means the team will go head-on against the top players in the NFL. This also means the team will face the top coaches in the NFL. Rich Tandler ranks the coaches who will stand on the opposite sidelines in 2016.
13. Doug Pederson - Eagles
It's probably good to have a former quarterback as the head coach when you have a rookie QB who was going to sit most of the year suddely thrust into the starting role. But Pederson's ability to handle a team is an open question.
Check back in January when we have something to evaluate.
12. Ben McAdoo - Giants
His hiring almost had an NBA-type feel to it, getting the job to appease a star player.
In this case it was Eli Manning, who benefits from retaining his offensive coordinator of the last two years.
Yes Manning's numbers have improved under McAoo. But how will he be a handling the other 52 players?
11. Hue Jackson - Browns
He's popular among many in the media even though he managed to get fired in Oakland after one 8-8 season. The former Redskins running backs coach may have too much faith in Robert Griffin III as his quarterback for his own good. But if he can survive a few years while the Browns get some actual talent we'll find out how good he can be.
10. Jim Caldwell - Lions
Six coaches the Redskins face this year have been the head coach of a Super Bowl team.
You'd probably would forget about Caldwell, who was the Colts' head coach when the lost to the Saints after the 2009 season. He was within an inch of getting fired last year even though the Lions recovered from a 1-7 start to finish 7-9. With a new GM in place Caldwell won't be allowed to sumble much.
9. Mike Zimmer - Vikings
Jay Gruden's defensive counterpart with the Bengals seems to have the Vikings on the upswing as they unseated the Packers, the perpetual division title holders, as the NFC North champs last year. He navigated the early stages of the Teddy Bridgewater injury situation admirably; we'll see how he does with Sam Bradford at QB.
8. Jason Garrett - Cowboys
Sometimes you wonder if Garrett is just along for the ride, with Jerry Jones actually calling the shots. His game management skills seem to need a lot of improvement.
In six seasons as the Cowboys' full-time head coach he is 40-40.
7. Marvin Lewis - Bengals
This may be too low for Lewis, who has led the Bengals to the playoffs seven times in 13 years including the last five in a row.
But it's hard to pile too many laurels on a coach who is 0-7 in the playoffs.
6. Bruce Arians - Cardinals
You had to wonder about a guy getting his first crack at a head coaching job at the age of 61 but his Cardinals have improved every year he's been there.
They got to the NFC title game last year and we'll see if he can get the Cards past that stage.
5. Ron Rivera - Panthers
Rivera was passed over a few times while he was a defensive coordinator with the Bears Chargers and some of those teams that went in different directions are regretting it.
His Panthers have been to the playoffs three straight times and they should keep going back.
4. John Fox - Bears
Fox is in a group that no coach really wants to be in.
He's one of the best head coaches who doesn't have a Super Bowl title. His teams have been twice but the Panthers and Broncos lost.
I'm not sure if he'll break through and get a ring with Jay Cutler in Chicago but he'll get the most out of the Bears.
3. Mike McCarthy - Packers
Some Packers fans are getting impatient for McCarthy to deliver another Super Bowl to Title Town.
There probably are at least two dozen other fan bases who would love to be as "miserable" as the Cheeseheads.
Ten seasons, eight times in the playoffs, advancing five times, and a Super Bowl title. McCarthy gives them a chance every year.
2. John Harbaugh - Ravens
He doesn't just get his teams to the playoffs, they win when they get there.
There isn't a single one and done among any of the Ravens' six playoffs in eight seasons under Harbaugh. Perhaps his best coaching job was last year when he kept an injury-racked team competitive in nearly every game.
1. Mike Tomlin - Steelers
I guess it feels like he's been in Pittsburgh for more than nine seasons but that's because other teams turn over their head coaches so quickly. Six playoff appearances and one Super Bowl win attest to his coaching ability. Plus he's probably the most quotable coach in the business.