The 50 sportswriters polled for the award gave 20 1/2 votes to Lewis, more than Sean Payton (11 1/2), Norv Turner (9), Jim Caldwell (7) and Andy Reid and Ken Whisenhunt (1 each).
Conspicuously absent from the tally of other coaches receiving votes was the Minnesota Vikings‘ Brad Childress, who despite leading the team to a 12-4 record and a #2 seed in the NFC, was shut out.
Perhaps appropriately, Childress received exactly the same number of coach-of-the-year votes as the man many think is the real coach of the Vikings, Brett Favre.
If nothing else, Childress deserves some votes for best off-season gamble of the year by ardently pursuing and ultimately closing the deal on Favre. Maybe someone will invent that award and give it to Chilly.