5 Coaches Who Are Worse Coaches Than Peyton Manning Would Be
Caldwell isn't the only coach who looked lost on Sunday. Plenty of other coaches had just as miserable a weekend.
Peyton is the undisputed leader of the Colts and may be the first person to win Most Valuable Player by sitting out a season. Manning's value goes beyond his physical capabilities. He does not need to have someone tell him what to do, he is the ultimate leader.
He is the coach on the field and he would probably be served to be the coach off it as well this season. Manning could go into coaching after his career is over. He has the incredible ability to read things on the field as they happen and adjust. Much more so than the coaches who follow in this list.
Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville Jaguars
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It doesn't matter that the Jaguars won. The Jaguars should have easily won that game and it got too close for comfort at the end.
For a man known for his defense, Del Rio did not do enough to keep Mike Munchak's offense in check. While Matt Hasselbeck is a solid veteran, he had seven weeks to learn the system and was surrounded by mostly scrubs outside of Chris Johnson and Kenny Britt.
Del Rio might have done the most damage to his team by releasing David Garrard. This is no condemnation on the job Luke McCown did, but good coaches know that last minute changes are bad for business.
Peyton likes consistency. He has the same center, tight end, coaches and special assistant in Ted Marchibroda. Peyton would know better than to screw things up like that.
Pat Shurmur, Cleveland Browns
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How does that happen? More importantly, how does a team that was supposed to be a surprise team in the AFC, lose to their in-state rivals, who are placing their hopes on a player who just came from jail and may go back on the bye week and two rookies?
The Browns committed 11 penalties. This is the sign of an unprepared team. No. 18 would not tolerate that.
Being angry about mental mistakes in the press conference is what arm chair quarterbacks do, not NFL head coaches.
Todd Haley, Kansas City Chiefs
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The Bills were one year removed from being the worst in the league at stopping the run and Todd Haley could not figure out how to get more than 56 yards from Jamaal Charles. Charles is a year removed from being the third best rusher in the NFL.
The quarterback play was also horrific. It is one thing to not gain much on the ground all day if you are playing from behind, but to not be able to pass when that is your best means of getting in the game, is pathetic.
Cassel completed just over half his passes for a pedestrian 119 yards. Peyton easily would have got this to 250 on the 38 attempts that Cassel had. Cassel chose to go for short passes rather than spread the field. The more he did that, the more the Bills were able to cut off the field.
Haley didn't see this. Manning would have.
Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks
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When you are facing Alex Smith and a rookie head coach at the NFL level, you should be able to chalk that up as a win. Especially if you made the playoffs last year.
Unfortunately, Pete Carroll brought a knife for a gun fight (or a spoon to a knife fight, I can't really equate Alex Smith to being as potent as a gun). Tavaris Jackson is not talented enough, and never will be, to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
This is not the first time that Jim Harbaugh has beat Pete Carroll and it won't be the last. Carroll's college enthusiasm can only last for so long, it seemed to have already wore off in Seattle.
Carroll is best when he has the best talent. That is something he had at USC. He doesn't have that anymore and his scheme's are clearly not as good as he thought. Bad San Francisco 49ers teams should not beat you.
Manning could easily give Jackson or Charlie Whitehurst some pointers to get some points on the board. Something Carroll just isn't talented enough to do.
Jim Caldwell, Indianapolis Colts
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We all knew this was coming, right?
Jim Caldwell has been the butt of many jokes. He shows no emotion and looks to be sleeping with eyes wide open most Sundays. Either he is extremely calm or catatonic from excitement.
The problem is that Peyton Manning was so good, for so long, that it didn't matter if the defense was terrible or the running game was non-existent. Manning was able to overcome that.
Manning coached himself, I am convinced. He also coached the rest of the offense. That is the job of the quarterback. Manning took that job too far though and did his job so well, it didn't matter who had the headset.
The Colts worst fear was just realized on Sunday. Kerry Collins needed help and Jim Caldwell couldn't figure out how to get it to him. Some of the problem was talent, but some of it was Caldwell's inability to adjust.
The Houston Texans let up in the second half, the Colts did not figure them out. Caldwell needs to do something, or Andrew Luck will be Peyton's successor.