Remember how Rex Ryan was the coach that everyone wanted to play for two years ago? While Tom Coughlin’s players were lamenting about what a horrible guy he was and others were sitting on the hottest of hot seats, Ryan seemingly reigned supreme as anointed one. And it made sense at the time – he was the face of the most promising team in the league during a patch when there were no clear top dogs in sight.
Oh how things change.
This year the New York Jets are an embarrassing 3-5 through nine weeks, and Ryan is being widely regarded as the most overrated coach in the whole league. In a Sporting News poll of 103 players from 27 different teams, Ryan was dubbed the most overhyped by a cool 35 percent. The next highest recipient got 16 percent of the vote. That’s a pretty sizable margin.
While Ryan winning this poll in a landslide isn’t surprising, Bill Belichick getting the second-most votes sort of is. There are only two possible explanations for him being on this list: 1.) guys on opposing squads just hate him or 2.) people think that anyone with Tom Brady on the roster should win three Super Bowls.
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Aside from that, the voting breakdown makes sense. You can check out the whole list below.
Rex Ryan, Jets 35
Bill Belichick, Patriots 16
Andy Reid, Eagles 9
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Mike Shanahan, Redskins 8
Mike Tomlin, Steelers 4
Jeff Fisher, Rams 3
Jim Harbaugh, 49ers 3
Norv Turner, Chargers 3
Pete Carroll, Seahawks 2
Jason Garrett, Cowboys 2
John Harbaugh, Ravens 2