Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury is a Top 5 coach in the NFL according to a site’s 2022 NFL head coach rankings.
Pro Football Focus, in its ranking of NFL coaches for 2022 that came out on Monday, had Kingsbury ranked No. 4 in the NFL.
Only the New England Patriots ‘Bill Belichick (No. 1), the Baltimore Ravens’ John Harbaugh (No. 2), and the Kansas City Chiefs Andy Reid (No. 3) were selected as the Cardinals coach.
Those three were the first tier of the rankings, identified as “Hall of Fame coaches.”
Kingsbury led off Tier 2 of the rankings, the “good coaches.”
Of Kingsbury, Conor McQuiston wrote: “Outside quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Kingsbury have not had much work to do in terms of offensive talent in the desert, yet he still manages to hum the offense. Unfortunately, Kingsbury has Left much to be desired on the defensive side of the ball thus far. “
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Nine coaches joined Kingsbury in that second tier, with the Seattle Seahawks’ Pete Carroll coming in at No. 5, followed by the Green Bay Packers ‘Matt LaFleur, the San Francisco 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan, the Tennessee Titans ‘Mike Vrabel, the Indianapolis Colts’ Frank Reich, the Dallas Cowboys ‘Mike McCarthy, the Los Angeles Rams’ Sean McVay. LA Chargers ‘Brandon Staley and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin.
How did PFF.com come up with its ranking?
McQuiston explained his methodology as follows: “Ranking NFL head coaches from an analytics perspective is a simple reason for a Sisyphean task: It’s easy to win games with good players. Barring a calamity or an incredibly poor neighborhood roster, most competent NFL coaches would still Using this idea of ranking current NFL head coaches, we try to do two things: 1) properly account for a team’s talent level, and 2) predict something less. We do this by creating a multilevel model where the fixed effects are on the salaries of each starter on both sides of the ball, including an indicator for if the player is a rookie, and the target is scored or allowed in points. A starter is defined as the player who took the most snaps at his position, filtering out key injuries. e receiver, cornerback, safety and linebacker, as well as the top two players qualifying for guard, tackle, edge and interior defender. The coaches are a random effect, giving us an estimate for their contributions to points scored or allowed. We can then use Pythagorean wins to estimate how many games the coach would win with an average team, defined as scoring a team and allowing 348 points in a season. This was the average mark for all teams between the 2017-2021 seasons. “
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Social media slammed Kliff Kingsbury’s ranking in the Pro Football Focus list:
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