This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.
There are many wrong names that might get floated for Coach of the Year. This opening blurb will look at the two correct candidates. Congratulations to those of you who guessed Matt Nagy and Frank Reich. Let no one say you make things more complicated than necessary. Once we narrow it to those two, though, I really have trouble picking a side.
With their respective victories over the Giants and 49ers on Sunday, the Colts are now 9-6 and the Bears are 11-4. The Bears won the NFC North despite betting markets pinning them as the fourth-ranked team in the division. The Colts will make the playoffs if they beat Tennessee in Week 17. Indianapolis went 4-12 last year while Chicago went 5-11.
Although our own Chris Liss has convincingly argued for months now that the relative importance of the quarterback position is in decline, it still remains the most valuable position, so the fact that Reich has benefited from one as great as Andrew Luck seemingly might undermine Reich's candidacy. Indeed, even in what has mostly been a positive season for Mitch Trubisky in Chicago, Luck is clearly several levels ahead of the second-year quarterback. If the Bears had Luck, there's a strong chance they would be the best team in the league.
But that hypothetical segues into the fact that the Bears roster is somehow loaded, whereas Reich has a great quarterback, one very good receiver, a good offensive line, and then a bunch of guys who shouldn't