Coachspeak        
by Mike Herman, exclusive to Footballguys.com
COACHSPEAK REPORT CARD
Head Coach (tenure) Team GPA Class Rank
PREMISE Dennis Green (2) Arizona 2.50 16
Text Box: Every week we rely on certain information regarding players and their projected roles in upcoming game(s), to help make roster change and starting lineup decisions. Sometimes the only information we have are statements made by the teams' coaches. Sometimes those statements are not necessarily very truthful.

Which head coaches make reliable statements and which do not? To the left is a report card for all the head coaches in the NFL. Their grade point average is based comments they made during the week prior to each game for the year to date.  Below is a listing of the individual statements made by each coach.
Jim Mora Jr. (2) Atlanta 3.50 10
Brian Billick (7) Baltimore 1.00 24
Mike Mularkey (2) Buffalo 2.00 19
John Fox (4) Carolina 2.00 19
Lovie Smith (2) Chicago 3.00 12
Marvin Lewis (3) Cincinnati -1.00 27
Romeo Crennel (1) Cleveland 1.00 24
Bill Parcells (3) Dallas 2.50 16
Mike Shanahan (11) Denver -1.00 27
Steve Mariucci (3) Detroit 2.00 19
Mike Sherman (6) Green Bay 4.00 1
Dom Capers (4) Houston 0.00 26
Tony Dungy (4) Indianapolis 3.00 12
Jack Del Rio (3) Jacksonville 4.00 1
Dick Vermeil (5) Kansas City 4.00 1
Nick Saban (1) Miami 4.00 1
Mike Tice (4) Minnesota 2.50 16
Bill Bellichick (6) New England -1.00 27
Jim Haslett (6) New Orleans -1.00 27
Tom Coughlin (2) NY Giants 4.00 1
Herman Edwards (5) NY Jets 2.00 19
Norv Turner (2) Oakland 3.00 12
GRADING SYSTEM Andy Reid (6) Philadelphia 4.00 1
A=4 Incredibly accurate Bill Cowher (14) Pittsburgh 3.50 10
B=3 Fairly reliable Marty Schottenheimer (4) San Diego 2.00 19
C=2 Hit or miss Mike Nolan (1) San Francisco 3.00 12
D=1 Not very reliable Mike Holmgren (7) Seattle 4.00 1
F=0 Always wrong Mike Martz (6) St. Louis -1.00 27
Jon Gruden (4) Tampa Bay 4.00 1
-1 No data collected and/or tight-lipped Jeff Fisher (12) Tennessee 4.00 1
Joe Gibbs (2) Washington -1.00 27
Arizona Cardinals Dennis Green (2)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 J.J. Arrington is the team's starting running back, but he added all his running backs will play. "We've got three backs. We only kept three running backs. So, all three of those backs will play. Marcel Shipp. James Jackson has been a solid starter in the NFL, who played for Cleveland. So, all three of the running backs will play. Those are the only three that we have on our roster" Arrington 8 carries, 4 receps
Shipp 7 carries, 2 receps
Ayanbadejo 2 carries, 5 receps
Jackson 1 carry, 0 receps
1
1 Arizona signed ex-Cowboy wide receiver Reggie Swinton to be the team's kick returner coach Dennis Green said. Swinton 6 KRs, 1 PR
Ayanbadejo 1 KR
4
       
  Average 2.50  
Atlanta Falcons Jim Mora Jr. (2)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 Roddy (White) practiced today and it looks like he'll be ready to go. 3 targets out of 10 to WRs 4
1 He's [Duckett] more decisive in his decision making and hitting the hole then he was last season at this time. He pounds people and he's fun to watch. He's the closer. 8 carries (2 redzone, 1 TD) 3
       
  Average 3.50  
Baltimore Ravens Brian Billick (7)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 starting RB Jamal Lewis and backup RB Chester Taylor will split time throughout the game, estimating their carries could be "fairly equitable." Lewis 16 carries, 1 target
Taylor 4 carries, 3 targets
1
       
  Average 1.00  
Buffalo Bills Mike Mularkey (2)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 Will Losman typically  throw for 300 yards like in college? "I think the stats will show up. It might not be to that extent because we are a ball control offense ... you may see some numbers if we win the possession battle." Losman 17/28,170 yds,1TD,0 int
Bills 65 plays, Texans 49
Bills 38:15 time of possession
2
       
  Average 2.00  
Carolina Panthers John Fox (4)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 "Steve Smith is an explosive football player, whether it's as a return man or a wide receiver." WR 8 receps, 138yards, 1TD
PR no returns, 1 fair catch
2
       
  Average 2.00  
Chicago Bears Lovie Smith (2)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 We’re definitely comfortable putting him [Jerry Azumah] out there (for) some action.“We don’t know exactly how much. We won’t rush him back. We don’t know yet whether he will return kickoffs, but we feel like he’ll play, and kind of take it from there.” Defense: 3 tackles
Did not play on special teams
3
       
  Average 3.00  
Cincinnati Bengals Marvin Lewis (3)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
2 With HB Kenny Watson going on IR, might FB Jeremi Johnson see a little more action? "He’ll continue to, yes. No question. He knows what we’re doing, he’s been in that position to be the next guy in the rotation. So he’ll have that added to his slate now."   -1
       
  Average -1.00  
Cleveland Browns Romeo Crennel (1)
  NE DC last 4 years
 
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 Crennel hasn’t announced a starting running back – he said both Reuben Droughns and William Green will play. “We have two proven runners who have produced in the NFL. We are going to put them out on the field and see if they can produce.”  Droughns 12 carries, 3 targets
Green 4 carries, 0 targets
1
       
  Average 1.00  
Dallas Cowboys Bill Parcells (3)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 Said Friday he doesn't know if rookie running back Tyson Thompson will return kickoffs against the Chargers on Sunday because he has made several mental errors in practice this week. Thompson was inactive 4
1 Parcells has indicated that Anthony Thomas will be Julius Jones' backup to begin the season. He said he wants to limit Jones to 250 carries this season, which would be a little more than 15 carries per game. Jones 26 carries, 6 targets
Thomas 3 carries, 0 targets
1
2  "Julius got a little winded there in the fourth quarter. I got him out for a series in the first half. I should have gotten him out at some point in the second half." He said Monday that he would like to give Anthony Thomas 6 or 7 carries per game.     
       
  Average 2.50  
Denver Broncos Mike Shanahan (11)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
      -1
  Average -1.00  
Detroit Lions Steve Mariucci (3)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 Kevin Jones's going to share the load a little bit with Artose Pinner and Shawn Bryson. That's by design. It's not because he can't handle it, it's because we want to keep all of them fresh and healthy. He'll get the lion's share of it, though. Jones 25 carries, 2 targets
Bryson 3 carries, 1 target
Pinner 0 carries, 0 targets
2
       
  Average 2.00  
Green Bay Packers Mike Sherman (6)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 It's possible that TE Doonald Lee won't be activated Sunday in Detroit. "Learning a new offense and terminology doesn't necessarily help him. That's been an ongoing task getting him ready." Lee was inactive 4
1 Although Na'il Diggs is listed as questionable, Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman said the veteran linebacker will not play in Sunday's regular season opener Diggs was inactive 4
       
  Average 4.00  
Houston Texans Dom Capers (4)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 Capers said he expects to see a lot from wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, who is finally healed from an off-season shoulder surgery. 1 target, 0 receptions 0
       
  Average 0.00  
Indianapolis Colts Tony Dungy (4)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 “Dwight [Freeney] should be good to go. Dallas Clark is about the same. We’ll know once he takes the (neurological) test. If he passes the test, he’ll be able to play… He [Marlin Jackson] hasn’t practiced all week, so I’d say it’d be doubtful.” Freeney started & had 3 tackles, Clark and Jackson were inactive 3
       
  Average 3.00  
Jacksonville Jaguars Jack Del Rio (3)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 Fred Taylor will be in the starting lineup on Sunday and Del Rio suggested Taylor will get a 20-25 carries workload, following a four-carries preseason that was dedicated to recovery from offseason knee surgery. Taylor 20 carries, 2 targets
Toefield 4 carries, 2 targets
Pearman 1 carry, 0 targets
Jones 0 carries, 1 target
4
       
  Average 4.00  
Kansas City Chiefs Dick Vermeil (5)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 RE: Brian Waters “We just held him out [of practice]  today as a precautionary measure. I think he’s still probable. I plan on him playing. We’re a little worn down right now.” started 4
1 Q: Will Dante Hall [despite recent injury] do all the returning: kickoffs and punts? "Yes." handled all the punt and kickoff returning 4
       
  Average 4.00  
Miami Dolphins Nick Saban (1)
  LSU HC last 5 years
 
week Comment Actual result Grade
  (On if he has to be conservative because of the inconsistency with the offense during the preseason) – “I am just the opposite... Getting conservative is not going to help us, at all. That won’t come from me, I can promise you that.”  Total: 33 rushes, 36 passes
1st down: 18 rushes, 11 passes
2nd down: 8 rushes, 14 passes
4
       
  Average 4.00  
Minnesota Vikings Mike Tice (4)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 said he doubted any of the team's running backs could handle 20-25 carries per game since they have missed time with injury problems. RB Michael Bennett is expected to start Week 1, but Tice said the team will do a running back by committee approach during the game. Bennett 6 carries, 3 targets
Williams 6 carries, 3 targets
4
1 about Troy Williamson and  this Sunday: "He's made great strides as his confidence has gone up. We'll use him in a number of different situations, some third down, some first down. But he's doing very, very well. I'm very, very pleased." 0 targets 1
       
  Average 2.50  
New England Patriots Bill Bellichick (6)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
       
  Average -1.00  
New Orleans Saints Jim Haslett (6)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
       
  Average -1.00  
NY Giants Tom Coughlin (2)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 "Basically, we are going to keep him [Chad Morton] back there for punt returns and that is what we featured him on today [in practice]." 6 punt returns, 0 kickoff returns, 0 rushes 4
       
  Average 4.00  
NY Jets Herman Edwards (5)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
  Edwards said he anticipated having John Abraham on the field for 15 to 25 plays against the Chiefs. "Hopefully, we can get in passing situations where John can help us, because he can do some things to rush the quarterback." came off the bench for 34 plays, 2 tackles, 1 sack 2
       
  Average 2.00  
Oakland Raiders Norv Turner (2)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 "I believe Jerry [Porter] will be able to play. To what extent, I don't know. I don't know that he's completely turned it loose yet." 3 rec, 48 yds, 0 TDs, did look slightly less than 100% and a little rusty 3
       
  Average 3.00  
Philadelphia Eagles Andy Reid (6)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 said CB/PR Dexter Wynn should be available for Monday night's season opener against the Falcons in Atlanta. Wynn is listed as questionable on the injury report with an ankle injury. 1 fumble recovery,
3 punt returns plus 1 fair catch
4
       
  Average 4.00  
Pittsburgh Steelers Bill Cowher (14)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 How is Quincy Morgan picking up the offense? "He’s picked it up well. There’s a high probability that he’ll play on Sunday. He’ll be out there initially with the four wide package, but he’s coming along well." Played in 4 receiver sets,
0 targets
3
1 Is Joey going to start? "Joey [Porter] will start, yes. Based on him having no setbacks he will start. He’s not ready to play a whole game and James will certainly spell him at times." Started, 2 tackles, 2 assists, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble 4
       
  Average 3.50  
San Diego Chargers Marty Schottenheimer (4)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 Injury report listed Shawne Merriman & Vincent Jackson as probable.  Both practiced Fri. Schottenheimer said that the ability for Merriman and Jackson to contribute on special teams may play a bigger factor than health in deciding to activate the rookies. Jackson inactive;
Merriman came off bench, no tackles etc.
2
       
  Average 2.00  
San Francisco 49ers Mike Nolan (1)
  Baltimore DC last 3 years
 
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 “They’ll [Steve Bush & Billy Bajema] split time. Sometimes, they’ll be in there together based on the personnel. That’s why I say the opening series of plays will determine who that starter is, and it could be both of them in there at the same time.” Both played:
Bush 1 target
Bajema 0 targets
3
1 (on if he’s set at having Arnaz Battle return punts) “No. It’s still he and Fred. We’ll see, but I’m not set on it yet.” Amey: 1 PR, 75 yards, TD
Battle: no PRs
3
       
  Average 3.00  
Seattle Seahawks Mike Holmgren (7)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 Are you keeping D.D. Lewis in the starting lineup despite his past injuries? "He’s one of the guys on defense that we think can do just fine, but he hasn’t played very much. We think he’ll do fine in the games." Started, 4 tackles 4
       
  Average 4.00  
St. Louis Rams Mike Martz (6)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
       
  Average -1.00  
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jon Gruden (4)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 "It’s up to us now to find a way to get him [Mark Jones] active, and as soon as we can there’s a good chance he’ll be back there returning punts. That’s why he’s here.” 3 punt returns 4
       
  Average 4.00  
Tennessee Titans Jeff Fisher (12)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
1 (on tight end Ben Troupe getting back on the practice field) "Ben was fine. He did a nice job yesterday and today. He came back today without any problems. Things look good." 4 receps, 28 yarsd, 1 TD 4
       
  Average 4.00  
Washington Redskins Joe Gibbs (2)  
week Comment Actual result Grade
       
  Average -1.00