AFC East Coach Of The Year
In AFC East it very well could be Buffalo Bills Sean McDermott. A revolving door of coaches have came in and out of Buffalo since 2000, with only one that lasted more then 3 seasons-Dick Jauron. That right there should tell you something.
Sean McDermott is showing he’s not like other Buffalo Bills coaches in the past; he can actually coach and I think that’s going to earn him a couple more years in Buffalo. Buffalo was outscored by 57 points this season and owned the NFL’S 29th ranked offense and 26th ranked defense making them one of the worst teams to make the playoffs in recent NFL history.
He managed to win more games then the experts thought they would win though, with nine wins when they were only projected to win between five and seven games. But, what gets me is Sean McDermott lost a lot of talent this year- Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Stephon Gilmore and Marcell Dareus, and still managed to win nine games. He is very deserving of winning this award in my opinion.
NFC Coach Of the Year
When the Pittsburgh Steelers prepared for their season finale against the Cleveland Browns, the media in Cleveland asked Mike Tomlin if he had any remorse for the Browns coaches dealing with a winless season.
“They have a lot of professional guys,” Tomlin said. “I am not going to be disrespectful to them in any way by feeling empathy or anything in that nature. We are all fighting week in and week out to win. I am sure they still are as well. That is just how it goes in our business.”
Nevertheless Coach Mike Tomlin response was committed and competitive. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was voted unanimous choice as AFC North Coach Of The Year.
Mike Tomlin is in his 11th season coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers, but did something he hasn’t done often and that’s win 13 games; a new record for him in his coaching career. However, Mike Tomlin has not had a losing season and has had at least 10 wins in the last 4 seasons.
Although a lot of people will say it’s easy to win 13 games when you have playmakers like Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. But, you have to remember nothing is given in the NFL you go out onto that field and give a 110 percent week in and week out that’s all you can do.
AFC South Coach Of The Year Doug Marrone
Coach Doug Marrone has done big things for this Jaguars franchise in just two years. He took the Jacksonville Jaguars Franchise who had only won 17 games from 2012-2016 and coached the Jags to 10 victories and the first division title since 1999.
Marrone did it with almost the same exact players on his roster last year when they went 3-13.
Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone believes they also lacked toughness, so he worked his players hard in practice and at training camp. The players weren’t too excited about this but they saw the results when they beat the Houston Texans 29-7.
AFC West Coach Of The Year Anthony Lynn
To be a coach in the AFC West this year was extremely difficult, given that Jack Del Rio was fired by the Oakland Raiders and Vance Joseph was a meeting away from a similar situation before the Broncos decided to retain him.
Yes, we know Andy Reid made the playoffs as the division winner before the Chiefs lost their wild card game last week, but Anthony Lynn managed to survive in a season where they started 0-4 and their season looked to be doomed. Nevertheless the Bolts bounced back to go 9-3 over their last 12 games and three of their losses come from teams that made the playoffs the New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Kansas City Chiefs.
“His vision for his team was very clear early on,” Chargers Quarterback Phillip Rivers said. “I think that did nothing but solidify and hold true throughout the whole year I’m excited about him going into year 2.”
NFC East Coach Of The Year Doug Pederson
Doug Pederson was definitely a good decision as head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. They went from being 7-9 in the 2016 season to being 13-3 in the 2017 season. A huge difference, and the main reason why he’s in the running for coach of the year.
Comparatively Jason Garrett, Ben McAdoo, Steve Spagnuolo and Jay Gruden combined went 19-29.
The Philadelphia Eagles would finish the regular season with a 13-3 record and the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs. Doug Pederson and the Philadelphia Eagles went over and above what people thought they would be able to accomplish this season.
Pederson and the Eagles still managed to do this having injuries along the way with LT Jason Peters, running back Darren Sproles, linebacker Jordan Hicks, cornerback Ronald Darby and then signal caller Carson Wentz.