the NFL season has passed the halfway point, and race for coach of the year is starting to crystallize.
A few candidates have distanced themselves from the field in each conference, somewhere at the helm of division leaders, while others have battled adversity.
Keep flawed teams in the playoff.
Mike Tomlin might be doing the best job of his career in Pittsburgh.
Steelers have had just 6/4 of Ben Roethlisberger all season, but the trade for makeup His Patrick has rejuvenated a defense that is giving up 17 points per game with him in the fold, compared to 30 and 1/2 in their 1st 2 games, despite starting one, and for the Steelers at five and four would be in the playoffs if the season ended today.
Jon Gruden had to deal with the Antonio Brown Circus and Oakland, and that stormy relationship ended with Brown never playing a regular season game.
Despite that, the Raiders offense has been solid and Oakland has scored some resilient, surprising winds while the defense tries to play ketchup.
LaFleur in the NFC has gotten Aaron Rodgers played back to a level that most are accustomed to seeing from him, and the Packers are 18 to look like a force to be reckoned with in the NFC.
Sean Payton, whether the loss of Drew Brees and the Saints won five in a row with Teddy Bridgewater as the starter and Kyle Shannon has resurrected the 40 Niners and raised out to an 81 star with a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo.
One other NFC candidate is Ron Rivera.
Much like Tomlin, he's had to deal with adversity.
Despite losing Cam Newton and injury after two games, the Panthers have gone five and two with Kyle Allen as the starting quarterback and hung tough in the rugged NFC.
The coach of the year award was given to the best coach every year.
It would go to Bill Bala check almost every time because it tends to go to coaches who have overcome adversity or burst onto the scene.
With a great first season, it seems likely that Sean Payton is out in the floor.
Likeliest candidates or Tomlin, Rivera, Rudin and Leffler for yard Barker.
I'm Chris Mueller