Adam Schein's 2nd annual NFL organizational rankings
We rank franchises 1 to 32 based upon: Owner, front office, head coach, coaching staff, QB and "intangibles," -- a combo of fan support, facilities, stadium and PR. Teams were scored 1 (lowest) to 10 (Peyton Manning) in each group. Last year, Saints coach Sean Payton (pictured) disagreed with his grade, saying: "You don't even take the 5.5 home from the bar after midnight!" Good news, Coach, your score improved with the Super Bowl win. Reminder, this is NOT a power ranking. Let the debate begin ...
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Schein's score (out of possible 60): 11
Head coach Raheem Morris (pictured) seemed completely overmatched last year. He has already overhauled his staff. There are major questions about the commitment of the team to winning.
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St. Louis Rams
Schein's score (out of possible 60): 13.5
The ownership situation is cloudy. And the forecast on the field, thanks to consistently questionable decision making, is awful. Poor head coach, Steve Spagnuolo (pictured).
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 16
Chan Gailey? Buddy Nix? Really? But did you really think owner Ralph Wilson was going to spend money? And how about the campaign to season-ticket holders that featured the punter, punting from his own end zone? Bills football, catch it! At least they have all of their AFC East games in Buffalo and a nonconference game in Toronto. I feel bad for these great fans.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 17
The Raiders are a mess under owner Al Davis (pictured). But the appointment of Hue Jackson as offensive coordinator and finally cutting the lazy and out-of-shape QB bust JaMarcus Russell actually kept the Raiders from getting a lower score.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 18.5
Congrats, Detroit! You made it out of the bottom four only a year and a half removed from the Matt Millen era/error. The Lions had an excellent offseason. QB Matthew Stafford (pictured) and head coach Jim Schwartz proved their value last season.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 19
Once again, good seats remain available! Both the owner and head coach have questioned publicly if they have the right QB (David Garrard, pictured). And the public has rightly questioned if the Jags have the right owner and head coach. And none of the above is good, and it's all justified! Call it a hot seat situation for Garrard, Wayne Weaver and Jack Del Rio. The coaching staff is weak. And the L.A. rumors don't help anyone.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 21
Mike Holmgren (pictured) and Tom Heckert give the club a much needed jolt of credibility, football intelligence and direction. And the number will be higher next year when head coach Eric Mangini is rightly dismissed.
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San Francisco 49ers
Schein's score (out of possible 60): 22
Do the Niners have a quarterback? Is the front office in good hands? Does the York family get it? Are they staying in San Fran? The 49ers have way too many questions. However, I think Greg Manusky is a great defensive coordinator, and the Niners have a well-respected PR staff.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 26
Head coach McDaniels (pictured) often shows his inexperience and struggles to get on the same page with players and coaches. Losing defensive coordinator Mike Nolan after one season was a major blow.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 27
Jerry Angelo acted as the desperate general manager that he is this offseason. Lovie Smith is squarely on the hot seat. The search for an offensive coordinator was embarrassing, and Smith's pick of Mike Martz (pictured) was curious, as Martz doesn't believe in the run. And Rod Marinelli has never coached up a defense.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 27.5
The Bengals don't spend that much on their scouting staff and take too many chances on players with character problems. Then there is the circus of Chad Ochocinco (pictured). Retaining defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was paramount to having a chance to win.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 34.5
Is general manager Marty Hurney coming back? How about head coach John Fox's (pictured) security? Carolina got a lot of 5s across the board for being pretty average.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 38
The Seahawks facility is beautiful, and the fan support is excellent. And I believe in the new brass with GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll. But if Charlie Whitehurst is the answer at QB, I'd love to know the question.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 38
Owner Bud Adams (pictured) keeps his checkbook closed. And I don't buy into Vince Young being the guy at QB. On the plus side, head coach Jeff Fisher is excellent. You never believe Tennessee has top six talent in the AFC, yet it is always in contention. And Fisher's staff, including Jim Washburn and Mike Heimerdinger, is strong.
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Kansas City Chiefs
Schein's score (out of possible 60): 38.5
Scott Pioli is a phenomenal executive. Carl Peterson and Herman Edwards ran the Chiefs straight into the ground, and Pioli has already made great progress in this major rebuilding job. Todd Haley is a solid first-time head coach with a new all-star staff featuring Charlie Weis (pictured) and Romeo Crennel. I have no idea what the Chiefs really have at quarterback.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 39
Will the Vikes remain in Minnesota? They have a major stadium issue in the Twin Cities. Is Brett Favre coming back? The answers of "maybe" applied to all earlier this year. Now we know Favre is staying. Brad Childress' staff is superb, featuring Leslie Frazier, Eric Bieniemy and Kevin Rogers.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 39.5
Bob McNair (pictured) doesn't get enough pub and credit for being a great, passionate owner. He spent the money on LB DeMeco Ryans this offseason when the Texans could've made the leader play on a one-year deal. McNair truly wants Houston to become special. But are Gary Kubiak and his staff the right guys to take them there? I have my doubts.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 40
Bill Parcells (pictured), Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland are a winning trio. And the selection of Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator to replace the overmatched Paul Pasquoloni was pure genius.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 40.5
If Kurt Warner was still the QB, the Cards would be three slots higher. Take a look at Arizona's draft record over the past five years. Rod Graves, Steve Kiem and a scouting staff on a relatively limited budget do an amazing job of drafting starters in every round. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt (pictured) is a winner. Russ Grimm and Billy Davis highlight his staff. The stadium and the PR staff are fantastic.
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San Diego Chargers
Schein's score (out of possible 60): 41.5
QB Phil Rivers (pictured) is star. Say what you want about A.J. Smith's personality, but he's a fantastic general manager with a great eye for talent. Concerns about the Chargers' long-term future in San Diego hurt the overall number.
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New York Jets
Schein's score (out of possible 60): 43.5
"Trader" Mike Tannenbaum has done an incredible job of bringing in talent, making the Jets ready for a Super Bowl run. Rex Ryan (pictured) has changed the culture around the Jets. And Rex's coaching staff is tremendous, highlighted by Mike Westhoff, Bill Callahan, Brian Schottenheimer and Mike Pettine. The Jets team facility is beautiful and new. And the club is moving into a new stadium. But over 10,000 PSLs remain, and that's a problem.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 44.5
Surprised? Actually, I am, too. But then again, Washington replaced the running jokes of Jim Zorn, Vinny Cerrato, a bingo caller and Jason Campbell with Mike Shanahan (pictured, left), Bruce Allen, Kyle Shanahan and Donovan McNabb (pictured, right). And you have to credit Dan Snyder (yes, I just wrote that) for locking himself in the closet and letting Shanahan and Allen run the show. This past offseason proved Snyder is over his spendthrift ways.
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New York Giants
Schein's score (out of possible 60): 47.5
The Mara family does it with dignity. And the Maras and Tisch family were instrumental in getting a gorgeous new stadium. But with the PSLs, many true blue Giants fans who called Giants Stadium home were priced out and left out in the cold. Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning (pictured) have proven to be at their best when it matters the most.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 48
The higher ranking than a year ago is a direct reflection of Jerry Jones (pictured) letting his football people make the football decisions. The new stadium, Jones' brilliant marketing and a great fan base give Dallas a big number for intangibles. Tony Romo and Wade Phillips got over major hurdles by winning in December last year, winning the division and finally in the postseason.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 48.5
Atlanta at No. 8? Believe it! Arthur Blank gets it. Mike Smith is a strong head coach with a strong staff. Atlanta knows how to win at home. Plus QB Matt Ryan (pictured) is a wonderful face for the franchise.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 49.5
Ben Roethlisberger's (pictured) off-the-field behavior hurts Pittsburgh, as the Steelers nose dive from the No. 2 slot last year. On the plus side, the Rooney family runs its business with class. And the Steelers really play 16 home games with the crazed Steelers fans traveling to flood every stadium.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 49.5
Arguably, the number is too low, with my conservative yet fair grade for Kevin Kolb. But make no mistake, Philly's organization is among the best in all of sports. Andy Reid (pictured) wins every single year. Owner Jeff Lurie has a great model in place. Team president Joe Banner is sharp doing contracts, and new GM Howie Roseman has been ready for this promotion for years.
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Green Bay Packers
Schein's score (out of possible 60): 50
When you consider the overall youth of the Packers and how they are ready to make a Super Bowl run, it's remarkable and a credit to Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy (pictured, right), Mark Murphy and the coaching staff. Aaron Rodgers became a great quarterback last year. Lambeau Field remains historic, filled to the brink with loyal diehards.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 50
Three guarantees in life: Death, taxes and the Ravens ruling the draft. General manager Ozzie Newsome, pro personnel director Eric DeCosta and a great scouting department comprise a front office that always seems to be three steps ahead. The Ravens facility is gorgeous, and their PR staff perfectly blends being media-, player- and fan-friendly.
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New Orleans Saints
Schein's score (out of possible 60): 51
Saints GM Mickey Loomis has done a remarkable job through the years acquiring talent via different means -- trades, draft, undrafted free agents and free agency, highlighted by bringing in Drew Brees, arguably the best offensive signing in the history of free agency. Head coach Sean Payton (pictured holding trophy), defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, a rabid fan base and a great PR staff all played a role in the No. 3 ranking.
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Schein's score (out of possible 60): 52
Jim Irsay told me a great story at the Super Bowl. When asked about his philosophy and how he has a brilliant GM in Bill Polian and head coach in Jim Caldwell (pictured, left) -- and previously in Tony Dungy -- with such different personalities, Irsay said: "I wanted my franchise to be a mirror image of the Giants with the Maras, Bill Parcells and George Young. Debate and dialogue is crucial." Great point. Having a living legend at QB (Peyton Manning, pictured, right) doesn't hurt, either.
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New England Patriots
Schein's score (out of possible 60): 54
New England is on top for a second straight year. Bill Belichick (pictured, middle) is the best coach in the NFL. Tom Brady remains an elite quarterback. Bob Kraft is a marketing genius and savvy enough not to be meddlesome in the football operations. -- Adam ScheinCLICK HERE for Schein's complete Patriots breakdown