Payton's approval rating almost perfect

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

I just took a look at the Week 7 NFL Coach Approval Ratings and was astonished for two different reasons.

First, New Orleans’ Sean Payton leads all coaches with a 97-percent approval ranking. That certainly is deserved and what astonishes me is I don’t recall ever seeing a rating that high.

Second, I’m beyond flabbergasted that there are three percent of voters out there that don’t approve of what Payton’s doing. I’m guessing they’re Giants’ fans.

The NFC South is dominating the top of the ratings this week. Atlanta’s Mike Smith is tied for third at 92 percent. Carolina’s John Fox has climbed a bit with his team on a two-game winning streak. His rating is 36 percent and I’d guess he’s got a shot to hit 50 percent if the Panthers can win Sunday’s home game with Buffalo.

Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris isn’t quite at the bottom, but he’s close with a rating of 16 percent.