While an MVP quarterback and a good defense will help win games, having a great coach is quite possibly the most important thing an NFL team needs for a successful season. Though NFL head coaches are paid very well, high expectations, heavy pressure, and frequent firings bring on enormous stress, resulting in early retirement and even health problems for some coaches. Yet there are those are find success with their team and even go on to win the NFL Coach of the Year Award. As the season ends, we look at the top candidates for the 2016 NFL Coach of the Year.
A three-time winner, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick always seems to be leading the race for NFL Coach of the Year. With a 14-2 record and first in the AFC, the Patriots are once again having a great year, which bodes well for Belichick. However, head coach Jason Garrett led his Dallas Cowboys to a 13-3 record, which ties the best record in team history, and this is without starting quarterback Tony Romo.
Other notables include Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, who managed to have a better record without star wide receiver Calvin Johnson; Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, who clinched a winning record for first time since 2002; and Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who clinched their first AFC West title in six years.
Vote for the coach you think will win NFL Coach of the Year in 2016-2017. The list includes coaches who were fired this season; if you think they still have a shot at Coach of the Year, vote them up!