Where does Chip Kelly rank among 32 NFL head coaches? That's the question Elliot Harrison of NFL.com answered in his annual head coach rankings.
Harrison has Kelly ranked 13th overall, which is five spots better than where he had Kelly ranked last offseason. Here's what Harrison had to say:
"After talking to people around the NFL Media offices and perusing the various opinions in the social media universe, it would seem there are legions of people out there who would take Kelly as their head coach in a second. No relatively new coach has received the kind of pub Kelly has over the last two years. So how good is he? Well, he's compiled a 20-12 regular-season record and made a one-and-done appearance in the 2013 playoffs. While his system hasn't exactly revolutionized the league as some expected, you have to give the man props for doing what he's done with quarterbacks like Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez."
Kelly finished just one spot ahead of Cowboys coach Jason Garrett at No. 14. Last year he finished at No. 23. The Cowboys hype train is strong coming off their NFC East division crown last season.
Elsewhere in the NFC East, Tom Coughlin ranked No. 8 despite another losing record in 2014. Coughlin's Giants haven't won double-digit games since 2010 while Kelly has put up two 10-win seasons in as many years, but Coughlin obviously has more post-season success.
Washington's Jay Gruden is all the way down at No. 29. He's the lowest ranked non-rookie head coach.
Here's a look at the top 12 coaches:
1) Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
2) Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks
3) John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens
4) Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers
5) Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
6) Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers
7) Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals
8) Tom Coughlin, New York Giants
9) John Fox, Chicago Bears
10) Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
11) Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts
12) Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals
I think 13 is a little low for Kelly. He took over a 4-12 team and managed to win 20 games in two years. He doesn't have the playoff success he needs to be considered truly great yet, but that's nothing to scoff at. He's a top-10 quality coach.
How many of those coaches are you taking over him?