Earlier this offseason, we ranked all four NFC East teams based on how strongly we felt about each squad's chances headed into 2012. Now, we're breaking things down on more of a micro scale. Here's how we view the division's head coaches.
Prior to 2007, Coughlin was a good coach with a pedestrian track record. Since then, he's gone 49-31 in the regular season, 8-1 in the playoffs and won two Lombardi Trophies. Considering he's accomplished that with the Giants (they have never been favorites), there's little doubt in my mind that Coughlin is not only the division's best coach, but the league's best coach.
Washington Redskins (Mike Shanahan)
Shanahan was never known as a particular strong talent evaluator in his Denver days, but that has seemingly changed in Washington. His drafts have been superb and he's revitalized this franchise.
Of course, general manager Bruce Allen has played a large role, too, but I still have more faith right now in Shanny than I do in Andy Reid or Jason Garrett.
Which NFC East team has the best head coach?
Philadelphia Eagles (Andy Reid)
Reid has accomplished quite a lot over the years, but he's always had great teams. Now, as the man with the final say on personnel, he deserves credit for the talent on the roster. Reid's management of the offense still frustrates me as a viewer at times, so he'll continue to be a perennial hot seat candidate until the Eagles finally get over the ultimate hump.
Dallas Cowboys (Jason Garrett)
I'm not hating on Garrett. I'm just saying that we need more time to make an assessment here. The 2010 season doesn't count for too much because he was running Wade Phillips' team after relieving him, but Garrett was still very successful during that run.
Last year had its ups and downs, but he didn't have a proper offseason to prepare. We won't be capable of judging Garrett until next summer, at the very earliest.
We're talking about three of the biggest names in NFL coaching...and then Garrett. Yet I get the feeling that within a few years, all four of these coaches will still be running their respective NFC East shows.
All four of the division's teams have healthy coaching staffs in place.