The Associated Press released their finalists for Assistant Coach of the Year and perhaps the most deserving candidate was left off the list of five.
Steve Spagnuolo, the spectacular defensive coordinator of the Chiefs, was not honored as one of the five lists despite perhaps the best work of his career. For a team competing for a Super Bowl appearance largely due to Spagnuolo's excellence, this is a fairly outrageous snub.
Here's who was nominated in Spags' place instead:
NFL AP Assistant Coach of the Year Finalists
All five of these coordinators have done fantastic work this year. Frankly, I don't know who should be removed for Spagnuolo. That being said, I do know that someone should, because Spagnuolo is one of the Chiefs' greatest weapons.
Just look at the stats. The Chiefs are fourth in the NFL in opponent yards per play (4.7), though Spags' best work has come in the second half thanks to his masterful adjustments.
Kansas City led the NFL in opponent points per game in the second half (7.0) and has been unbelievably good over the last three weeks, allowing just 4.3 points per contest in the latter half.
With that kind of effort and a plethora of outstanding blitzes and schematic excellence, Spagnuolo should not only be nominated to win the AP Assistant Coach of the Year, but should be the clear favorite.
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