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Thursday, May 19, 2011
Forbes: NFC East coaches raking it in

By Dan Graziano

Kinda stealing this one from Tim Graham, who hit it over on the AFC East blog because of Bill Belichick.  But Graham and I are good like that, and he knows he's welcome to come steal stuff like my lame Dez Bryant post from yesterday that may or may not have been an attempt to make sure I hit every team at least once on my first day. (Did I say that out loud?)

Anyway, it's Forbes' annual list of the highest-paid coaches in sports, and two NFC East coaches -- Washington's Mike Shanahan and the Giants' Tom Coughlin -- make the top 10. See?

1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots: $7.5 million

2. Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins: $7 million

3. Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics: $7 million

4. Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks: $7 million

5. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs: $6 million

6. Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears: $6 million

7. Mike D'Antoni, New York Knicks: $6 million

8. Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona Cardinals: $5.75 million

9. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants: $5.25 million

10. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers: $5 million

Guess it must be the high cost of living here in the Northeast, though if that's the reason then kudos to Carroll and Whisenhunt and their agents for moving into this neighborhood.

I do wonder about Andy Reid, though. He was on this list last year with a figure of $5.5 million, but not this year. Did his salary go down in the second year of his contract extension? I can't find the figures on Reid's deal but I'll keep looking. Somebody shout 'em out if you know 'em.