Checking NFC South coach approval ratings

As I do periodically, I just took a trip over to SportsNation to take a look at the latest NFL Coach Approval Ratings.

No surprise that New Orleans’ Sean Payton continues to be the most approved coach in the league. He’s at 95 percent, which begs the question, is Jim Haslett really doing five percent of the voting?

Nobody’s even close to Payton. Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis and Minnesota’s Brad Childress are next at 85 percent.

Appropriately, there’s a big drop off between Payton and the other NFC South coaches. Atlanta’s Mike Smith is at 70 percent. Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris is at a respectable (relatively speaking) 40 percent, which could be a sign the potential Josh Freeman is showing might be winning over some fans.

Then, there’s Carolina’s John Fox at 12 percent, which is only better than his season-low 10 percent in Week 7.