Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Koetter fifth in assistant Power Rankings
By Paul Kuharsky
Power Rankings turn to an important, relatively unknown bunch this week: assistant coaches.
But we’re not ranking the top 10 assistant coaches, we’re ranking the top 10 up-and-coming assistant coaches. Who are guys who have not been head coaches before (interim stints didn’t disqualify anyone) who we expect will ultimately be patrolling the sideline in the primary headset?
It’s an interesting list that has a lot of debatable votes. For example, I didn’t vote for Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who wound up No. 1.
I explain why in Kevin Seifert’s piece unveiling the overall rankings (and here's the column relating to it all). I also make the case for Jacksonville offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who got my third-place vote and finished fifth overall.
Considering that I am on record selecting Koetter as my head coach if I assembled a staff from the AFC South pool of coaches, including the four head coaches, my vote should be no surprise. Indications were he was great in his interview with Denver, and only John Fox’s prior experience got him the job ahead of Koetter.
He was the No. 1 selection for agent Bob Lattinville, who represents a lot of coaches and put together a top 10 list for me.
Here’s my ballot, which I remind you counted just one-eighth of the overall result:
- Rob Ryan
- Winston Moss
- Dirk Koetter
- Greg Olson
- Bill O’Brien
- Darren Perry
- Brian Schottenheimer
- Rich Bisaccia
- Mike Zimmer
- Mike Waufle