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Most Aggravating Coaches in the NFL

Danny PaskasSenior Analyst IOctober 26, 2011

Most Aggravating Coaches in the NFL

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    There are a lot of aggravating coaches in the NFL for many different reasons. Some are aggravating just because of their losing ways, some because of their underachievement, some because of their play-calling and some because of their looks.

    Others are aggravating because of their successes, while others have big mouths that get them into trouble.

    Here’s the list of the most aggravating of them all.

Rex Ryan

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    It has become an annual tradition that Rex Ryan tells anyone listening that this is the season that his New York Jets will be Super Bowl Champions. His bold statement got old quick, pretty much right after he first said it.

    We are in year three of Rex’s tenure with the Jets now and he’s made his Super Bowl proclamation three times. He has failed to produce the Lombardi Trophy yet but still claims each year’s team is better than the last one.

    Wheather it’s a foot fetish video, his delusions of grandeur of how 38-year-old Derrick Mason was going to have 80 to 90 receptions with the Jets this season, to how he needs the rest of the league to beat the New England Patriots, or how he would’ve won a ring with one of Norv Turner’s San Diego Chargers teams already, Rex always puts himself in the spotlight.

    He just never seems to shut up.

    While most Jets fans may embrace his boastful trash talking, others may find him aggravating.

Pete Carroll

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    Any NFL head coach that actually chooses to go out and get Tarvaris Jackson to make him their starting quarter back must be on this list.

    While Carroll was a great college coach, his style really doesn’t translate to the NFL. He’s trying to bring his USC “good times” and “just wanna be one of the guys” approach to the next level.

    He has a twitter account and updates it almost daily. What other coach has a twitter account that they actually use during the season?

    Earlier this season he even had the time to tweet LeBron James a picture of a Seattle Seahawks jersey with the No. 1 and James on the back, playfully recruiting the King. This was done during the season.

    Carroll just seems to take his head coaching job as a fun project rather than a real job. At 2-4, it looks like he’s the only one still having fun.

Mike Shanahan

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    Maybe I just don’t like him because of his crazy eyes, but there has to be more. Maybe it’s his “he knows better than anyone” attitude.

    Mike Shanahan thinks he knows it all about quarterbacks, when the fact is, he hasn’t really accomplished much without John Elway.

    He dumped Jake Plummer, who led the Denver Broncos to an AFC Championship game to draft Jay Cutler. This failed.

    He dumped Jason Campbell for an old Donovan McNabb. This failed.

    The McNabb experiment would not have been that bad had Shanahan drafted a quarterback when he got to Washington. Jake Locker, Andy Dalton, Colt McCoy or Christian Ponder would have been available this past spring. But the cost of the McNabb rental was too much, he had given up a second-round and fourth-round pick for him.

    This left Washington with Rex Grossman or John Beck. We all see how that’s going. Who knows, maybe the genius Shanahan can make one of them Elway.   

Mike Martz

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    Ahh, the great offensive mind that is Mike Martz. The coach who brought us the St. Louis Rams’ greatest show on turf.

    I wonder just how long he’s going to be able to take credit for that before people realize that maybe the personnel of Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Issac Bruce and others may have a lot more to with his Rams success than he did.

    After being fired by the Rams in early 2006, because of multiple conflicts with the front office, Martz went on to take the offensive coordinator job for the Detroit Lions. With his two seasons with the Lions, the team went 3-13 and 7-9.

    Martz then went on to take the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator job for one season before being let go. He landed as the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears in 2010.

    In his first season with the Bears, Martz’ offense ranked 28th in passing and 22nd in rushing, not too good.

    His play calling is getting Jay Cutler killed back there and is frustrating for Bears fans. Running back Matt Forte is starting to make Martz look a little better, but don’t kid yourself, it’s in spite of Martz not because of Martz.

Bill Belichick

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    Bill Belichick is the anti-Rex Ryan. He never trash talks and never really opens up about anything.

    Belichick seems to have the same post game demeanor wheather it is in defeat or victory.

    His New England Patriots are almost always one of the top teams in the league, and it makes me, and I would think a lot of other people—besides Pats fans—hate him.

    He’s always smug and has a condescending attitude toward reporters, and yet the media love him, saying he’s football genius every chance they get.

    When I saw that the Pats were able to pick up Albert Haynseworth and Chad Ochocinco in the off-season for basically nothing, I almost punched through the wall. This is because I thought for sure, the great Belichick would turn these two misfit players back to the Pro Bowl versions of themselves.

    Was I the only one?

    Belichick is just so good that he’s aggravating.

Norv Turner

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    In 2007, Norv Turner took over an absolutely loaded San Diego Chargers team that finished the previous season with a 14-2 record.

    Turner took this team and lost three out of his first four games. He, did though, lead the team to a 10-6 record. He lost the AFC Championship game in his first season to the New England Patriots, this was the furthest he would get in the playoffs with the Chargers.

    In 2008, ’09 and ’10, Turner and the Chargers continued their slow start of the season going 2-3 each time.

    In 2008, the Chargers got to the playoffs and won one game. In 2009, after claiming a first-round bye in the playoffs, San Diego was upset in their first game by the New York Jets.

    What makes Turner so aggravating is because he seems to have underachieved every season he’s been in San Diego due to his superior team in a perennial weak division.

Jason Garrett

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    Although, this is only Jason Garrett’s first full season as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, patience is thin in Texas.

    Garrett seems to have all the offensive and defensive weapons.

    Yes, I count Tony Romo as a good QB. Garret has two stud receivers in Dez Bryant, Miles Austin a great tight end in Jason Witten and a good running back in Felix Jones.

    Garret has good defensive players also in DeMarcus Ware and in Anthony Spencer among others with Rob Ryan leading them.

    So, how is this team just 3-3 this season?

    Does the blame go to Tony Romo or Jason Garrett?

    All I know is when I watched the Dallas Cowboys/Patriots game this season, end of the game play-calling left much to be desired.

    That blame lies with Garrett.

Gary Kubiak

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    Gary Kubiak, yet another underachieving coach. Aren’t all underachieving coaches aggravating?

    Kubiak took over as head coach of the Houston Texans in 2006. Since then he built one of the league’s best offenses behind QB Matt Schaub and WR Andre Johnson. In 2008, his offense ranked third in the league. In 2009, fourth, and in 2010, third in the league. This season, his offense ranks seventh overall and that is with an injured Andre Johnson.

    The thing is, with all of his offensive accolades, Kubiak has still yet to make his first playoff appearance.

    Could it be that the Texans were just stuck in a division with the Peyton Manning-led Indianapolis Colts?

    Or is it just that Kubiak is destined to be a mediocre coach. Either way, his tenure with the Texans has been very aggravating.

    All potential, no playoffs.

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