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  • 12/18/2011, 05:52PM ET

NFL Coach of the Year

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In 2010 the San Francisco 49ers went 6-10 and were a complete mess under Mike Singletary. They hadn't sniffed the playoffs since 2002 and after failing to sign a top tier free agent it seemed like that trend would continue. Not to mention they brought in a whole new coaching staff that because of the lockout wasn't able to contact the players or hold practices.

So the 2011 San Francisco 49ers were doomed to fail. You told me yourself in a TD that they wouldn't even come close to winning the west, that St. Louis was by far a better team.

WRONG

Jimmy Harbaugh has done nothing but impress this year. Yes, he's made a couple of rookie head coach mistakes, but he has brought a culture of Winning! to San Francisco. He took a 16th ranked Defense and turned it into the #1 ranked defense in the NFL. He also took a 24th ranked offense and turned it into 13th ranked offense.

The biggest question mark coming into this season was Alex Smith. Would he be the starter? They went with him, and with the mentoring of Harbaugh, he was become a good game managing quarterback. I'm not saying he's the best, or that he's worthy of a #1 pick, but he's played well.

MTC Good Luck.


Mike McCarthy is the COY in the NFL imo.

The Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl earlier this year by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25.

Keeping a team motivated after winning the SB is never easy. There is something commonly known as the Super Bowl Hangover. McCarthy has done an excellent job of keeping his team focused and motivated. They are 13-1 this season after losing yesterday, but that shouldn't take away from what a great season they are having. They are the early favorites to make it back to the SB out of the NFC.

I know you are going to say that Harbaugh turned around the 49ers, but they have been a nice little surprise, nothing really special imo. What the Packers have achieved after just winning the SB is a lot more impressive.

They are looking like they are the next dynasty in the making and McCarthy deserves the credit for keeping GB

Green Bay signed him to just a 3 year (?) extension earlier this year in March.


Mike McCarthy.. That's cute.

"Keeping a team motivated after winning the SB is never easy."

So what you're saying is that once a team has won it, they lose the hunger? Tell that to the Patriot's and Steeler's teams of the past decade. Here's an interesting fact...

Since 2000, only two Super Bowl winners have failed to make the playoffs. The 2003 Buc's and the 2007 Steelers. 2 out of 11 is pretty good odds.

I think that the job Jim Harbaugh has done in San Francisco is more impressive than the job Mike McCarthy has done in Green Bay. Green Bay just won the Super Bowl, they were expected to be one of the best teams in the NFL. San Francisco? Not so much.

Let's look at some stats.

2010 Packers Offense Ranked #10 in the NFL.
2011 Packers Offense Ranked #1 in the NFL.

Not bad.

2010 Packers Defense Ranked #2 in the NFL.
2011 Packers Defense Ranked #15 in the NFL

Eek. With virtually the same team too. See the regression? Now let's look at the Niners.

2010 Niners Offense Ranked 24th in the NFL.
2011 Niners Offense Ranked 13th in the NFL.

2010 Niner's Defense Ranked 16th in the NFL.
2011 Niner's Defense Ranked 1st in the NFL.

That's impressive.


"Since 2000, only two Super Bowl winners have failed to make the playoffs. The 2003 Buc's and the 2007 Steelers. 2 out of 11 is pretty good odds."

I see I need to explain the point a little more clearly, becasuse you totally missed it.

The Packers were 10-6 last year and a wild card entrant to the playoffs. This year? They are 13-1 and guaranteed a first round bye due to their great season. They are looking at going 15-1, that is the kind of record that typically gets rewarded with the HC getting COY award.

In 2007, Bill Belichick got it when his Patriots went 16-0. That season? Wade Phillips and the Cowboys went 13-3, but he didn't get the COY. Tony Dungy also went 13-3 that year, but he didn't get it.

Sounds like the 49ers DC deserves a lot of praise for fixing a porous defense, while the 49ers offense is still very much mediocre. The Packers have a way better offense while the 49ers have a better defense.

The 49ers have been a very nice surprise, but they play in the NFC West, while GB plays in the very tough NFC North. Imo, McCarthy deserves it more.

MTC in my final argument.

December 18, 2011  05:52 PM ET

Ok, you asked me to do this so I started it up. My argument for Harbaugh should be up shortly.

December 18, 2011  06:01 PM ET

How bout that game by the Jimmer by the way?! Pretty damn good!!!!! And you said he wouldn't amount to anything...

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December 18, 2011  06:12 PM ET

Hmmmm.

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December 18, 2011  07:31 PM ET
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Hmmm, what? I did a TD saying he would be a solid pro.

Then I must have you confused. My bad.

December 18, 2011  10:44 PM ET

Are you going to be able to get to this today?

December 18, 2011  11:06 PM ET

*he has become*

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December 19, 2011  03:20 AM ET

Jim Caldwell? Raheem Morris? Hmmmm...Steve Spagnola?

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December 19, 2011  06:41 AM ET
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Jim Caldwell? Raheem Morris? Hmmmm...Steve Spagnola?

Romeo Crennel.

December 19, 2011  07:41 AM ET

but he has brought a culture of Winning! to San Francisco.

Since when is a 'culture' formed in 14 weeks?

That crap schedule had at least as much to do with the 49ers record as Harbaugh. I'll give him props for not falling on his face, but let's not pretend he's a miracle working beating great teams here. And they've blown was was a near lock for the #2 seed and a bye in the playoffs, to boot.

December 19, 2011  07:52 AM ET
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but he has brought a culture of Winning! to San Francisco.Since when is a 'culture' formed in 14 weeks? That crap schedule had at least as much to do with the 49ers record as Harbaugh. I'll give him props for not falling on his face, but let's not pretend he's a miracle working beating great teams here. And they've blown was was a near lock for the #2 seed and a bye in the playoffs, to boot.

Harbaugh obviously brought a whole new style of football to San Francisco. It's like watching a whole new team from the Mike Singeltary/Mike Nolan era to the Jim Harbaugh era. They're way more energetic, they actually believe in themselves, and they're playing real tough. Not the "tough" that Singeltary "preached".

December 19, 2011  07:54 AM ET

Forgive my spelling... By the way, does anyone know of any good dvd/.ios to iphone converters?

 
December 19, 2011  08:05 AM ET

Harbaugh has done a great job this year. When you have a team that's been a failure for years, and has won very few playoff games in the last decade, turning around the culture can be the hardest thing to do.

Also, he wasn't exactly taking top talent over, either. Gore is a great RB, but their QB is not very good at all. He's struggled for years, and now is in a position where he can succeed. Smith has only thrown 5 INT's this year, playing within himself.

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