"Yeah, my ranking is a little low right now, but give me a while. . .it will change." (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Pro Football Weekly has put together a Power Ranking for the head coaches in the National Football League, and it has some good things and some bad things for Leslie Frazier.
As you might expect, as a new head coach, Frazier is down at the bottom of the rankings, coming in at 27th of the 32 NFL head coaches. I'm guessing that this isn't any real indictment of Frazier's coaching abilities. . .after all, with only six games under his belt as an NFL head coach, there isn't a heck of a lot to go on as far as a track record. He's simply, as the kids online today might say, "teh n00b."
The good news is that, of the seven first-time head coaches in the NFL this season. . .who take up the 26th through 32nd spots in the rankings, largely for the reasons I just described. . .Frazier is the second-highest, behind only Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys. And his closest competition in the NFC North isn't that far ahead of him, as Detroit Lions' head coach Jim Schwartz is the lowest-ranked returning head coach in the NFL at number 25.
(I had originally said "new" head coaches in the previous paragraph, but forgot about new Denver Broncos' head coach John Fox, who is inexplicably in the top half of these rankings despite leading the Carolina Panthers to a 2-14 record last season and subsequently getting canned.)
Crazy prediction. . .when the 2012 PFW Head Coach Power Rankings come out, Leslie Frazier is going to be a hell of a lot higher than number 27.