NFL Midseason Awards: Is Kansas City's Todd Haley The Coach of The Year?
With many coaches dealing with failure, there are an equal amount of coaches who are in the race for Coach of the Year. Whether it's from just winning games or reviving a lost franchise, there are many head coaches who could be extended after this year.
Pete Carroll, Raheem Morris, Mike Smith, Rex Ryan and Chan Gailey (just kidding) are honorable mentions for the award.
The top three candidates in line to win the award in my mind are as follows:
Steve Spagnuolo - St. Louis Rams
"Spags" finally has a franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford that is utilizing his skills as a coach. When you have Keith Null, this task is hard because to be honest, the guy is brutal. The offense is balanced with progressing Sam Bradford and utilizing the top talent they have in Steven Jackson at the same time.
Life has been brought back to one of the most proud franchises from early in the last decade thanks to the good coaching, management and play of the St. Louis Rams.
Mike Tomlin - Pittsburgh Steelers
After a 2009 season that could be best described as a Super Bowl hangover, the Steelers look to be back into championship form...and then they got Ben Roethlisberger back from suspension.
Tomlin is the perfect coach to personify the tough, aggressive play of Pittsburgh. To many, the Steelers are the most complete team in the league, and prior to injury, the Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers may have been the only two to argue for that title.
If Tomlin can continue to coach this team the way he has, and the players continue to execute, it's hard to argue that the Steelers would not be AFC favorites.
Todd Haley - Kansas City Chiefs
The Chief's 2009 season earned itself a title of its own: growing pains. Haley was Arizona's offensive coordinator gone to KC to be a head coach. After trading a second-round pick for New England's backup quarterback, Matt Cassell, the team was a failure in its first year.
After adding Romeo Cornell and Charlie Weiss as coordinators, Thomas Jones, and an overall excellent draft, the Chiefs have emerged as the best team in the AFC West. Some excellently drawn up and executed reverses and screen-passes have made the KC offense one, if not the most, explosive offenses in the league.
If the Chiefs can continue to prove doubters wrong, Haley could be the front runner for the award.
Keep in mind it's less than halfway through the season and anything can happen, but Steve Spagnuolo, Mike Tomlin or Todd Haley may be in line to be the 2010 NFL Head Coach of the Year.
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