When the Associated Press announces its Coach of the Year award, look for the names of Mike Smith, Tony Sparano, John Fox, Mike Tomlin and Jeff Fisher to appear at or near the top.
|This season has been a challenge for Tony Dungy but the Colts are still playoff bound. (US Presswire)|
Plus, he's doing it with rookie quarterback Matt Ryan.
Anyway, assume those five are our front-runners. That doesn't mean others shouldn't be recognized for what they did this season. I always like the guys flying under the radar, coaches who probably won't get a sniff for the award but who deserve to be recognized nevertheless.
And this year I can think of at least five more. Would the following please stand when your names are called?