On a recent broadcast of the Granato and Raheel with Del show on ESPN 97.5, the guys talked about an article posted on NFL.com that ranks the NFL’s top coaches. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick came in at No. 1 — no surprise there — and all the new head coaches for this season finished at the bottom of the list. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien ranked No 18, and John Granato thinks that O'Brien has a chance to be a really good NFL coach. O’Brien does have his detractors and imperfections, though, and he could stand to improve by being more lenient and simplifying his offense.
Coaches need time to learn just like players do, and O'Brien had to have learned a lot after working with then-Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler last year. His approach is more hands-on this season, and that was apparent during OTAs and mini-camp. O’Brien was working personally with the QBs and calling the plays into their helmets.
This year will help answer if O’Brien is a middle of the pack coach or if the roster is middle of the pack. Finally, Granato ranked the top three coaches on his personal list. He has Belichick ranked first with Seattle Seahawks head coat Pete Carroll and Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians finishing behind him.
You can check out the article on NFL.com to see the full list.
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