A team that was one of the worst in the NFL, led by a struggling quarterback in 2016, has won a division title for the first time in at least a decade. That team’s head coach should be the favorite to be the NFL’s Coach of the Year. And Sean McVay is. The Los Angeles Rams’ 31-year-old head coach has engineered an amazing turnaround from a 4-12 record and turned Jared Goff into one of the league’s top passers. The Rams (11-4) have the look of a dangerous team in the playoffs, too. McVay is the likely winner, but there’s another coach that meets that criteria, as well: Doug Marrone. The Jacksonville Jaguars franchise had been floundering for nearly a decade, not posting a winning season since 2007 and winning more than five games just twice in that span. Coach Gus Bradley had posted the worst winning percentage in NFL history among coaches with at least 60 games of experience during his tenure from 2013 through 14 games of the 2016 season. The Jaguars were 3-13 and at one point lost nine consecutive games in 2016. A year later they’re 10-5, have their first division championship since 1999, and are making their first playoff appearance since 2007.
Jaguars' Doug Marrone has a compelling case for NFL's Coach of the Year
ESPN | Dec 28