Phil Jackson's retirement from coaching the Los Angeles Lakers has moved New England Patriots overlord Bill Belichick to the top of the Forbes estimate of highest-paid coaches in the four major sports.
No other AFC East coach appears on the list, comprised solely of NFL and NBA coaches. Forbes speculates that because competition from the college ranks drives up salaries in those sports substantially more than Major League Baseball and the NHL.
Forbes compiles its rankings with media reports and estimates.
Bill Belichick, New England Patriots: $7.5 million
Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins: $7 million
Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics: $7 million
Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks: $7 million
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs: $6 million
Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears: $6 million
Mike D'Antoni, New York Knicks: $6 million
Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals: $5.75 million
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants: $5.25 million
Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers: $5 million