Pro Football Talk has been busy the past week trying to characterize the 49er front office as a powder keg, citing sources that mostly emanate from the Browns’ FO, a group trying to spin themselves into some sort of scenario that doesn’t involve a laugh track and howls of mirth from the NFL audience — or howls of pain from the Cleveland fan base.
The most interesting part of this rumor mongering is the fact that nobody sees anything wacky about Jim Harbaugh’s trade value. He has it, hands down. This is not the norm around the league. Of the 32 NFL HCs only Jim, his brother John Harbaugh, Chip Kelly of the Eagles, Pete Carroll, and maybe Sean Payton of the Saints have any trade value at all.
The other 27 HCs are all either too old (Andy Reid, Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin), or too close to one side or the other of Warm Body. Retreads, only guy who would take the job, nice but not a difference maker, overrated, Who? Bill O’Brien of the Texans is coming up from the college ranks with a chance to make his mark this year, but don’t hold your breath.
Great head coaches are as hard to find as great QBs — maybe even harder. There’s certainly more of them in the league right now than there are great coaches. Unless any of you find the list below somehow breathtaking. In fact, I’d bet the average fan would be hard pressed to even name what team some of these guys are coaching.