NFL Coach Of the Year Award: 5 Most Deserving Candidates
Who Deserves NFL Coach of the Year Award in 2014?
Bruce Arians is the NFL's reigning Coach of the Year as he filled the role of Indianapolis Colts head coach while the team's leader Chuck Pagano was unable to fulfill his duties due to a bout with cancer. Fortunately, Pagano is well once again and Arians has since bolted for a great opportunity as the Arizona Cardinals' head coach. Needless to say, a lot has changed since Arians was granted the Coach of the Year Award last offseason.
However, one thing hasn't changed and that is the fact that Arians is in the running for a second straight season! That's right, the Cardinals are playing fantastic football as they can smell the last Wild Card spot in the NFC after finishing the 2012 campaign on a 1-11 note. So while Arians is excelling as a first-time head coach he's definitely not the only one.
Marc Trestman and Chip Kelly are the only first-year head coaches that currently have their team positioned in the playoffs. It has been tough sledding for Trestman or Kelly at times this year, but they have both done a fantastic job with less-than stellar circumstances. With that being said, here's a quick rundown of five head coaches that have a legitimate shot at the NFL's Coach of the Year Award for the 2013-14 season.
No. 5: Chip Kelly
Chip Kelly was a hot topic this offseason and was quickly introduced to the drama that is the Philadelphia Eagles. Remember: Kelly's first issue as head coach was the Riley Cooper fiasco. As a first-year guy, Kelly handled that situation like a veteran and now has the surprise Eagles atop the NFC East.
No. 4: Bruce Arians
A repeat? Why not?!
Before Bruce Arians got to Arizona, the Cardinals had just finished the year on a 1-11 note. Now, the Cardinals are gunning for an NFC Playoff spot with a 9-5 overall record. Carson Palmer was revived under Arians, and this head coach deserves some credit.
No. 3: Marc Trestman
The Chicago Bears made a few heads turn when they decided to can Lovie Smith and hire first-time NFL head coach Marc Trestman. Remember: the Bears were 10-6 last season. Luckily, Trestman has been the offensive guru he was advertised as. This Willy Wonka look alike has done some crazy things for the Bears' historically bland offense.
No. 2: Ron Rivera
One thing is for certain: "Riverboat" Ron Rivera definitely has the best nickname among NFL head coach. Oh yeah, guiding the Carolina Panthers to a 10-4 record isn't half bad either. Carolina's 8-game winning streak was definitely something to watch and Rivera has gone from a guy on the hot seat to a Coach of the Year candidate.
No. 1: Andy Reid
The Kansas City Chiefs wouldn't have gone from worst to first had it not been for Andy Reid. After years of just missing out on the playoffs while with the Philadelphia Eagles, Reid has Super Bowl on his mind after just 15 weeks in Kansas City. Jamaal Charles is an MVP candidate and Reid is a big reason why as he just has a way with skilled running backs -- see: McCoy, LeSean.