Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro.
Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important – the present.
Forget about yesterday. Never mind tomorrow. Let’s talk about today.
Who are the best players in the NFL right now? Who can help a team win the Super Bowl this season? Who is writing a legacy with each passing week?
Those are the questions the editors at cover32 seek to answer in this series, “Top 10 in 2014.” In the coming weeks, every position – as well as head coach, general manager and other off-field areas – will be graded, evaluated and ranked.
The series continues with a position that doesn’t require a uniform, but is of vital importance – head coach. Football is the ultimate game of strategy, meaning there is no sport where the right leader can make as much of a difference, while the wrong one can send things careening off course faster.
Let the debate begin!
10. Bruce Arians
Arians led the Colts to the playoffs in 2012 while filling in for Chuck Pagano on an interim basis, which should have told us all that we needed to know about the veteran coach. Then, he guided the Cardinals to a 10-6 mark during his first season in the Valley of the Sun. That’s a solid recent track record. At 61, we’ll see if he can keep the momentum building.
9. Mike McCarthy
Winning a Super Bowl title in Green Bay puts you in elite company, right alongside Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren in Packers lore. Capturing the NFC North title despite not having Aaron Rodgers for nearly half the season earns respect from those who really know the game, which is what McCarthy was able to do in 2013. He’s very underrated and very capable.