Player Poll: Jets' Ryan most overrated coach

11/06/2012 5:14 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
It seems that at least according to NFL players, the team with the league’s two most overrated players also has its most overrated head coach.

The Sporting News released the results of their annual mid-season player polls on a number of topics on Monday, and in a survey of 103 players from 27 teams, New York Jets boss Rex Ryan was overwhelmingly cited as the league’s most overrated head coach.

More than half of the NFL’s coaches – 17 of 32, to be exact – received at least one vote, but Ryan took 35 of the 103, more than double the total of runner-up Bill Belichick (16 votes).

Players weren’t allowed to vote for their own head coach or their own teammates in the polls, and while the sample size represents only about six percent of the active players, many of those in the sample had some vitriolic words for the leader of Gang Green.

"His coaching style is over the top," one AFC offensive player said of Ryan. "Some of the things he does in front of the cameras are way over the top. You put that with the New York media, and he has a pretty big reputation, I guess. I don't even know if you'd call him overrated anymore because it's gonna be a couple of years since he was in the AFC finals. He's pretty funny, and he's a pretty good coach…but not that good."

Ryan’s “honor” comes just two weeks after a Sports Illustrated of 180 players overwhelmingly named Tim Tebow the most overrated player in the league, with Tebow gaining 34 percent of that vote and Mark Sanchez receiving eight percent to finish tied for second with Dallas’ Tony Romo.

Among other polls, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin received 11 votes as the most underrated coach in the league, placing him third behind co-winners Gary Kubiak of Houston and Atlanta’s Mike Smith (15 votes apiece), and the Giants also finished third behind New England and Pittsburgh in the “best organization” poll with 19 votes.

"I would go with Coughlin. He's about to get fired every two years, and his team comes out publicly and says how much they hate him, And he wins Super Bowls," said Steelers safety Ryan Clark, whose team topped Big Blue last Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

The players also named the Cleveland Browns as the worst organization in the NFL, with the Jets receiving five votes to finish tied for sixth, and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was named the league’s most disappointing player, with both Sanchez (fourth with eight votes) and Tebow (seventh with five votes) placing on that list as well.

In the final poll, University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban was named as the big-time collegiate coach players most wanted to see in the NFL; a realization of that vote would mark Saban’s second term in the league, as he went 15-17 with the Miami Dolphins in 2005 and 2006.

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