In this ESPN Insider piece, ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando ranks the NFL head coaches in tiers. San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy finished tied for 20th on the list with Tennessee Titans head coach and former Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
Sando polled 30 league insiders, asking them to provide a 1-5 rating for every head coach, with 1 as best and 5 as worst. Sando then averaged the results and compiled a piece that features comments from the league insiders on each head coach. Sando performed a similar project ranking all the quarterbacks in the NFL earlier this year.
According to Sando, eight current general managers, four former general managers, six coordinators, four position coaches, four executives and four personnel director types participated in the poll.
McCoy received six votes for a 2 rating, 23 votes for a 3 rating and one vote for a 4 rating, according to Sando’s polling.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick tops the list, followed by Pete Carroll, Sean Payton, Andy Reid and Tom Coughlin.
No. 20 seems about right for McCoy. He experienced some success in his first season by guiding the Chargers to the playoffs, but he’s still a relatively new head coach with a lot more to prove.