Former Panther beat writer Pat Yasinkas has been ranking the NFC South division by position which we have discussed at least partially. He now has rankings on the coaching staff and I was surprised to see Carolina at #2 given how new most of the other staffs are. The Bucs have a rookie coach in Raheem Morris, the Falcons have 2nd year coach Mike Smith and the Saints have 3rd year guy Sean Payton. Guess who he ranked #1?
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2. Carolina. There's no question John Fox has the best résumé in the division and that's why I came very close to going with him at No. 1. Fox is the only division coach to have taken his team to the Super Bowl, but he's never had back-to-back winning seasons. He's got a good chance to change that this year. But there were two reasons I gave the nod to Smith. First, I'm still trying to figure out why Fox, with one of the league's best running games, decided to put it all on Jake Delhomme on a rainy night in the playoff loss to Arizona. Don't tell me it was because the Panthers got behind. They weren't using the running game much before that. Second, and this one is bigger, Fox's staff had some major changes in the offseason. Just about the entire defensive staff left voluntarily and that makes you wonder about things like harmony and chemistry. There was a time early in his tenure when Fox had one of the league's best coaching staffs. Maybe the new coaches will work out well, but we have to wait to see.
So after one good season the Falcons have a better staff? I think Ol' Pat worries too much about being a Panther Homer. Pat makes good points about the Panthers but I don't think that takes away from the comparison to the other teams.He seems to give no consideration to the quality of the new coaches brought in to replace those that left 'voluntarily'. Meeks brings a nice resume, at least as good as Mularkey's.
What do you guys think?