The Sporting News recently rated the 32 NFL head coaches. I find this rating interesting and valuable for its portrayal of Mike Singletary and Tom Cable, our two local head guys. The Sporting News is not Bay Area — it is national. That means it is not 49ers or Raiders centered. So when I looked at its ratings I felt this might be a form of reality testing. Where do our guys fit?

Before I get to that, let me tell you their top 10 coaches, in order.

1. Bill Belichick, Patriots

2. Sean Payton, Saints

3. Jeff Fisher, Titans

4. Mike Shanahan, Redskins

5. Mike Tomlin, Steelers

6. Andy Reid, Eagles

7. Tom Coughlin, Giants

8. Ken Whisenhunt, Cardinals

9. John Harbaugh, Ravens

10. Rex Ryan, Jets

As you can see, our guys did not make the top 10. So what did they make?

Singletary came in way ahead of Cable. That doesn’t mean Singletary came in high. He is behind Norv Turner, whom the Niners once had. Sporting News rated┬áSingletary 21st — that’s almost the lower third of the bunch. Think about that. There is a lot of excitement about Singletary among 49ers fans, and good for them, but a publication with some distance is not impressed by Singletary’s personna. The Sporting New wants results. If Singletary can deliver this season and win the division his rating will improve. But he needs to deliver.

That brings us to Cable. He gets rated 29th of 32, as in four from the bottom. Which raises a question or two: He didn’t come in last? Who could be worse than him? Well, try Jim Schwartz, Lions; Raheem Morris, Buccaneers; Steve Spagnuolo, Rams.

Surely in rating Cable where it did, Sporting News noticed his 9-19 record, noticed he is yet another Al Davis stooge. A coach does not get high marks for that.

Some Zohn readers tell me Cable is doing a great job. Where? When? If he produces this season, say goes 8-8, his rating will rise and observers will give him due credit. Like Singletary, he must produce.

To read the complete Sporting News piece click here.

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  1. Tiburon Dave

    Wow… I can’t wait to read the vicious vitriol spawned by this post Lowell. Outside of the Bay Area a professional coach has one job…WIN…sometime in the past 15 years we’ve forgotten that…we used to know it…Now the Giants only care about how many kids go down the Coke slide…the 49′ers care about holding on until they can sell…the W’s care about “a great time out”…and the Raiders care about scampering around extoling the beauty of the emperors new clothes…I don’t think the A’s care about anything…

    September 6th, 2010 1:54 pm

  2. Stan

    Tom Cable has done a great job of keeping his job Lowell.He punched out some teeth of an assistant coach,had an ex wife reveal things,had two lobsided losing seasons in a row and cut the owners future great QB. Then add,he knew said QB had drug problems and yet stood before reporters and lied that he simply needed to study more and hit the gym. He would be the poster boy of every H.R. in the country. YET,he’s head coach on an NFL team making-what,near one mill a year?
    What makes me laugh is,I sort of said this before and find every few months I can add more Cableisms to the list!

    September 6th, 2010 2:30 pm

  3. Stan

    Left out he had a horrible record as a college head coach. Amazing man. Or sociopath. A true blend.

    September 6th, 2010 3:19 pm

  4. Neal

    The word great is way over used, the only thing great about Cable , is he has a great right cross.

    What has Singletary done, basically nothing, but this year will be the year to judge Singletary and Cable, they have a year of coaching experience under their belt and they have better players.

    September 6th, 2010 3:47 pm

  5. DennyPat

    The 10 coaches on the list have one thing in common: a ton of good players.

    Now that the niners are building a strong stable of players, Sing’s name will start rising on the list.

    Remember Bill Walsh couldn’t win till he got good players.

    September 6th, 2010 7:21 pm

  6. Tiburon Dave

    Denny…ever taken a good look at the 1981 49er roster? Talent? No!

    September 6th, 2010 8:08 pm

  7. DennyPat

    Hi Tiburon Dave

    I agree, the 1981 49er team was not the most talented Niner team. But Joe Montana, Freddie Solomon, Dwight Clark, Randy Cross, Fred Dean, Hacksaw Reynolds, Hicks, Lott, Wright, Keith Farnhorst, and others aint to bad. They did win a superbowl.

    September 6th, 2010 9:42 pm

  8. Bob In Pacifica

    DennyPat, take a look at the 1979 roster. Did Walsh suck as a coach when he went 2-14?

    I don’t know if Spagnolo is a good or bad coach. In fact, I’m not sure if this exercise has any validity.

    September 6th, 2010 9:56 pm

  9. DennyPat

    Hi Bob

    The 1979 49er team proves my point: No matter how good the coach is, he has to have a big stable of good players.

    September 6th, 2010 10:22 pm

  10. DennyPat

    Did everyone hear the 49ers cut Nate Davis?

    September 6th, 2010 11:46 pm

  11. Brent

    I’m not surprised that Singletary isn’t in the top ten, although I am surprised at a couple of the names that are in that top ten. But would anyone here prefer to have the Panthers’ John Fox, Dolphins’ Tony Sparano, or Cowboys’ Wade Phillips (all of whom are rated ahead of SF’s coach) instead of Singletary?

    I think Singletary should have been rated higher, and that he will be at the end of this season.

    September 7th, 2010 10:59 am

  12. Steve

    So Stan thinks one example of Cable doing a bad job is him lying to the press to cover up JaMarcus’s drug issues? Yeah right. Remember all those times Parcells talked to the press about LT’s latest coke binge? Me neither.

    September 7th, 2010 1:12 pm

  13. loneraider78

    These sort of lists/columns just give writers something to fill space until the season gets going. It’s all subjective. Maybe I’m too young to remember, but I don’t remember writers “rating” coaches back in Lombardi’s day, or Walsh’s day. Chuck Noll, regarded as one of the best ever, was 12-30 in his first three years. I wonder if the newspapers in Pittsburgh back then had writers so bored that they sat around making little lists?

    September 8th, 2010 12:17 pm

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