In our closest SportsNation poll ever during my time here, the Ravens' Chuck Pagano edged out the Steelers' Dick LeBeau and the Bengals' Jay Gruden as the people's choice for best coordinator in the division this season.
More than 8,900 votes were recorded, and Pagano received 31 percent of them. In his first season as Baltimore's defensive coordinator, Pagano has lived up to the highest expectations for that position, which was previously held by Marvin Lewis and Rex Ryan.
Baltimore ranks third in fewest yards allowed (292.3) and fewest points given up (16.5). But Pagano's influence in his first year as coordinator has been increasing the pressure. The Ravens lead the NFL with 38 sacks, which is 11 more than they had all of last season. More hits on the quarterback has led to more turnovers. Baltimore is tied for the most takeaways in the AFC with 22.
Here are the results:
Chuck Pagano, Ravens defensive coordinator: 31 percent
Dick LeBeau, Steelers defensive coordinator: 27 percent
Jay Gruden, Bengals offensive coordinator: 27 percent
Dick Jauron, Browns defensive coordinator: 15 percent