In a way it is a ridiculous task to rank the SEC coaches considering that two of the coaches have never been head coaches before and three other are starting anew with schools.
But it’s kind of like taking gimmees — you should putt them all out but everybody scoops up the occasional 2-footer.
And it is talking season, so here goes:
1. Nick Saban: Tough choice. Maybe there shouldn’t even be a second place.
2. Jimbo Fisher: OK, so his last year at FSU was a disaster and his non-Jameis Winston years were a little underachieving. His legacy is still to be written.
3. Kirby Smart: It’s still a small sample size, but the recruiting has been off the chain.
4. Gus Malzahn: At his best, he knocks off Georgia and Alabama, But we have also seen him at his worst.
5. Dan Mullen: He did wonders at Mississippi State but is he ready to take that next step?
6. Mark Stoops: Every year, the Wildcats get a little better.
7. Will Muschamp: The jury is out on whether he can get over the hump.
8. Barry Odom: He’s perfect for Missouri, but can he win big?
9. Matt Luke: See Oddom, Barry.
10. Jeremy Pruitt: There’s a lot to like here but he still hasn’t coached a game.
11. Ed Orgeron: Look, he’s probably not the 11th best coach but would you want to play a big game with him in control.
12. Chad Morris: He might be really good, but there’s no concrete evidence he is.
13. Derek Mason: Some will say it’s a no-win job but James Franklin won there.
14. Joe Moorhead: One day this is going to look really stupid. But somebody has to be last.