Recently, senior NFL columnist Pete Prisco, ranked all the coaches in the NFl 1-32. While there is no debating that New England’s Bill Belichick is ranked first, I though that there were some interesting omissions in the top ten list.
The most notable one is Dallas Cowboy coach Jason Garrett, who i n 72 games has a 41-31 record and has not had a losing season. He is coming off an impressive 12-4 season with a division title and a playoff victory, his first.
So who did make the top 10 list of best coaches in the NFL? Here is the list? Do yopiu agree with them and the rankings?
1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots — His four Super Bowl rings end any debate about who’s the best now — and might be the best ever. In 20 seasons, including five with Cleveland, Belichick is 211-109-0 for a .659 winning percentage, the best of any active coach. His winning percentage in 15 seasons with the Patriots is an amazing .729 with 12 consecutive seasons of 10 or more victories. The Spygate stuff hurts in some eyes, but there is no debating he’s the top guy now.
2. Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks — He came close to winning back-to-back titles. But even with one title and two NFC championships, he deserves this spot. Carroll’s winning percentage is .576, but it’s .625 in his five seasons with the Seahawks. He had a 33-31 record in two previous stops with the Jets and Patriots. He also won a BCS title with Southern Cal.
3. Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers — He is 94-49-1 in his nine seasons with a Super Bowl victory in 2010. McCarthy has only one losing season as the Packers coach, and has six seasons of double-digit victories. He is 7-6 in the playoffs. His winning percentage of .656 puts him second behind Belichick among active coaches. Why he doesn’t get more due as a top coach is mystifying.
4. Tom Coughlin, New York Giants — His past two years haven’t been good, but he has the two Super Bowl rings and has a 12-7 playoff record and seven 10-win seasons. He has five division titles, two with Jacksonville and three with the Giants. He faces a big challenge this season coming off a 6-10 record, his worst since 2004.
5. John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens — In his seven seasons with the Ravens, Harbaugh is 72-40 for a sizzling winning percentage of .643, which is third best of all active coaches. He is also 10-5 in the playoffs with one Super Bowl victory. His worst record in seven seasons is 8-8.
6. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers — He has one Super Bowl title and another AFC championship. He has four division titles in eight seasons and five seasons of double-digit victories. His winning percentage is .641, fourth best among active coaches and significantly better than the .566 of Steelers coaching legend Chuck Noll.
7. Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints — The 2014 season didn’t help Payton’s résumé as the Saints went 7-9, only his second losing season in nine with the Saints. He is 80-48 in the nine seasons with five playoff appearances and one Super Bowl victory. He remains one of the game’s best offensive minds.
8. Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals — In two seasons with the Cardinals, Arians is 21-11 and has been to the postseason once, that coming last season. But he also led the Colts to a 9-3 record when he took over for Chuck Pagano in 2012 when Pagano was battling leukemia. Arians has been voted Coach of the Year twice in his three seasons — winning when he was interim coach in 2012.
9. Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs — In 16 seasons as a head coach, Reid has an impressive 150-105-1 record. He is 20-12 the past two seasons with the Chiefs, but was 130-93-1 in 14 seasons with the Eagles. He has been to the playoffs 10 of his 16 seasons, and has one Super Bowl appearance.
10. Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts — In three seasons with the Colts, he is 33-15, although he missed 12 games his first season as he battled leukemia. The Colts have been to the playoffs in each of the past three seasons, and in 2014 they advanced to the AFC Championship Game. This is a coach who has his team making progress — which is always a good sign.