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Sean McVay lands just outside Top 5 in NFL head coach power rankings

But he’s still No. 1 in our hearts!

Los Angeles Rams OTA’s Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Until Bill Belichick decides to hang ‘em up, I think it’s fair to assume he’ll be viewed as the best coach in the NFL. Heck, even after he retires many will figure him the greatest coach of all time. Fair is fair. The man has gone to nine Super Bowls and he’s walked away the victor in six of them. Pretty incredible stuff.

So when you click on this NFL Head Coach Power Rankings list put together by NFL Network’s Elliot Harrison, don’t be surprised to see the cutoff sweatshirt right there at the top.

Sean McVay - the Los Angeles Rams head coach - has also done some incredibly impressive things in his short tenure in LA. But how does he stack up against the best of the best?

Here’s how Elliot sees it shaking out as we head into 2019:

  1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
  2. Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks
  3. Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
  4. Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
  5. Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles

6. Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams

Every owner wants a Sean McVay to coach his football team these days. McVay’s two-year success story speaks to his immersion in the family business of football, as well as his ability to draw off an excellent football mind and mental filing system to have his team better prepared than their opponents week after week. McVay’s memory, ability to reach his players, and considerable energy has pushed the Rams to the playoffs in both of his seasons as the organizational front man, including a Super Bowl berth. To McVay’s credit, he knows his place, too. He let Wade Phillips run the defense, and got out of the way. It was the defense, not the offense, that really shined this past postseason. The touchstone of McVay’s primary focus and background -- the offensive side of the ball -- has been the noteworthy development of quarterback Jared Goff, who has tossed 60 touchdowns over the last two years. That’s a dude people were calling a bust the year before McVay arrived.

For starters, McVay is in great company, so there’s nothing to truly be upset about here. The guy is 33 years old, he’s gone 24-8 (.750) in games since taking over as head coach, he’s batting 1.000 when it comes to postseason berths, and he lead his team to the Super Bowl in his second season at the helm.

Sixth place or eleventh place, it really doesn’t matter. The Rams are in good hands, and should be for a very long time.