Payton jumps to top spot in coach approval ratings

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

I just took a look at the latest SportsNation NFL Head Coaches Approval Ratings and we’ve got a new leader. He’s from the NFC South.

After narrowly trailing San Francisco’s Mike Singletary for several weeks, New Orleans’ Sean Payton has moved into the top spot. He’s got a 94-percent approval rating, a full point ahead of Indianapolis’ Jim Caldwell, Denver’s Josh McDaniels and Atlanta’s Mike Smith.

Once you scroll past, Payton and Smith, it’s a long time before you hit another NFC South coach. John Fox’s rating is 26 percent, which probably means that 74 percent of Carolina fans approve of Bill Cowher.

Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris comes in at 15 percent. On the bright side, there are four coaches rated below Morris.