Dan Campbell, Pete Carroll, Mike Tomlin snubbed for Coach of the Year

The Associated Press announced five finalists on Wednesday for its Coach of the Year award, as it usually does. The quintet of candidates—the GiantsBrian Daboll, the BillsSean McDermott, the JaguarsDoug Pederson, the 49ersKyle Shanahan, and the EaglesNick Sirianni—are each deserving in their own right. Daboll and Pederson led amazing first-year turnarounds. Shanahan led a team down to its third-string quarterback to the NFC Championship, McDermott steered his squad through one of the most frightening injuries in NFL history and Sirianni piloted Philadelphia to a franchise-record 14 wins.

However, three other coaches can plausibly claim to have been snubbed for the league’s most prestigious coaching award. Here’s a look at who else could have slotted into the slate of AP Coach of the Year finalists.

Pete Carroll, Seahawks

The Seahawks were left for dead by many ahead of the 2022 season. In March, Seattle dealt quarterback Russell Wilson—the face of the franchise for a decade—to the Broncos for an association of players and draft capital. Seattle looked to be starting over in a minefield of an NFC West that included three 2021 playoff teams, including the defending Super Bowl champion. Rams.

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