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After Week 1 we cited Jim Harbaugh, Mike Shanahan, Rex Ryan, John Fox, Greg Schiano and Jason Garrett for the way that their teams played in Week 1.
After Week 2, we now have just six teams that are undefeated at 2-0 and five of those six coaches deserves some sort of consideration. I exclude Gary Kubiak for now, only because the Texans haven't been tested yet (wins over Miami and Jacksonville) so until they face a superior team, we will see how Kubiak and Houston respond to that challenge.
The other five undefeated teams are Philadelphia, San Diego, Arizona, San Francisco and Atlanta. Let's look at each of these coaches.
For Andy Reid and Norv Turner, each of them are dealing with the as much pressure as possible as they were basically told by ownership that they must produce in 2012 or else they will be fired. It's interesting that both teams have responded to the situation.
The Eagles rallied late to nip Baltimore, and have defied NFL logic by turning the ball over nine times combined in two wins. Sooner or later the law of averages will catch up to them. The Chargers have defeated two weaker AFC opponents in Tennessee and Oakland, so they are waiting for a stiffer challenge as well.
The biggest surprise team has to be the Arizona Cardinals because nobody believed that they would win on the road against Tom Brady. Ken Whisenhunt survived the starting quarterback battle from the preseason, lost his starter John Skelton to an ankle injury and has defeated two quality teams in the Seahawks and the Patriots. Beating New England is one thing, but doing it with Larry Fitzgerald catching only one pass for four yards is something else. I would have to say that Whisenhunt has the early lead.
Then we look at San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. The 49ers have faced two teams that were in the 2011 playoffs in Detroit and Green Bay, and they handily won both games. The 49ers look to be a balanced team on offense, and Alex Smith looks even better at quarterback this year. Harbaugh has done a masterful job in San Francisco, and if they continue winning, he will be strongly considered for Coach of the Year.
Atlanta head coach Mike Smith does a very solid job with the Falcons, and he continues to coach well in the regular season, but everybody wants to know when he will guide his team to a playoff win.
From the rest of the pack of the remaining 26 teams, there are two other head coaches that I want to pay attention to this week. First up is Jeff Fisher, who has done a great job of turning around the St. Louis Rams. In 2011, the Rams were dead last in the NFL as the offense averaged only 12.1 points per game. This year, Fisher has the Rams averaging 27 points a game, which is good for No. 12 in the NFL. Sam Bradford is playing with much greater confidence, and that can be attributed to Fisher.
The other head coach I want to applaud is Tampa Bay's Greg Schiano. Sure, that was a questionable call to try to cause Eli Manning to fumble when the Giants were in victory formation, but that is the point with Schiano. He has the Bucs playing tough, hard-nosed football, and they have quickly turned around the image of a team that lost their final 10 games of the 2011 season.