I usually start out posts like this by pointing out how it’s the heart of the offseason and people just need things to read and write about. Well this post is no different as we look at NFL.com’s recent “NFL Head Coach Power Rankings.”
Elliot Harrison did an identical power rankings last year, and he placed then-rookie head coach Gus Bradley at #30, which is completely understandable for a rookie head coach walking into a massive roster overhaul. But after seeing how Bradley willed his team to 4 wins over the last 8 games in 2013, he should be ranked significantly higher, right?
Somewhat surprisingly, Gus Bradley came in at 26.
26) Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars
If you watched the Jaguars play in 2013, you saw a team that improved over the course of the season. Sure, they still finished 4-12, and it’s hard to ham up that kind of W-L record. But Bradley clearly is putting his stamp on his team. Also worth praising: The subtle moves GM David Caldwell has made in free agency, picking up Bradley’s kinda guys — which is a reflection of the level of respect the front office has for its head coach.
As one would expect, it’s basically nothing but praise, which gives no indication as to why Bradley is so low other than the 4-12 record from last year. Since he doesn’t really layout any of his reasoning in his rankings, it’s hard to fault him, but it still doesn’t really seem like a coaching power rankings when you’re taking into account win-loss records with little context and roster decisions made by the GM. Ultimately, this means absolutely nothing anyway, but I would be surprised if Bradley isn’t higher in next year’s edition.
– Daniel Lago