Of all the pro sports out there, NFL coaches arguably have the strongest influence on their team’s success. Not only do they motivate and train their players day in and day out, but they scheme and strategize complex plays that, if done properly, can utterly destroy their opponents.
Over the course of NFL history, these many head coaches have taken their teams to multiply playoffs, championships, and Super Bowls. Take a look and see what they have accomplished.
Here is the man behind the unforgettably viral “playoffs?” rant. Mora was the head coach for the New Orleans Saints and was responsible for their first winning season and playoff in 1987.
While that in its own right was a pretty good claim to fame, his success didn’t end there. He is also behind some great achievements done by the Indianapolis Colts in his later years. His overall record was at 125-106 before retiring.
Mike Holmgren has singlehandedly groomed many of our top quarterbacks over the years such as Joe Montana, Steven Young, Matt Hasselbeck, and Brett Favre and through that has known always to put them in the most strategic positions.
Still, as accomplished as he is in that respect, Holmgren only has one Super Bowl to his name. He has also compensated with incredible rapport with players and fellow coaches. The California born coach has a winning rate of 59 percent. So, not bad.
The perfect match for the Houston Oilers, Bum Phillips is the quintessential Texan NFL coach, While he never succeeded in bagging a Super Bowl win, he did guide the Oilers through seven seasons, as well, as the New Orleans Saints for five. That's some solid coaching right there!
Phillips hung up his whistle with a pretty good record of 82-77 and a 4-3 playoff record. He will forever be remembered for his classic cowboy hat and his Texan heart.
Paul Brown's name is an important one. Ever wonder where the Cleveland Browns got their name? Enough said. The Ohio-born coach was an integral figure in the culture of football and its growth as a whole. Brown took teams to a whole other level and even began the concept of scouting the opposition.
Brown is also responsible for creating a full staff of assistant coaches ad even modernized the face-mask (the same one used today). In addition to that, he has won three NLF titles.
Nothing goes together better than George Seifert and the 49ers. In fact, this California native has coached the San Franciso 49ers for 17 years. His career truly took off when he went from Bill Walsh's right-hand man to the main man and took over completely (after nine years!)
It was in this period that Seifert got the 49ers two wins at the Super Bowl out of a total of seven seasons. Seifert remains at number 98 as winning coaches in franchise history.
George Halas who was born in 1895 has pretty much been singlehandedly responsible for the creation of the Chicago Bears. Of course, during that time he also ran the team. Halas racked up six NFL Championships, bare in mind that this was pre-Super Bowl era, so this was about as good as it got.
He comes second in NFL history for most wins (318) by any coach. To demonstrate their appreciation, the Chicago Bears have his initials- GHS imprinted on their sleeves.
Andy Reid has been one of the most successful coaches in the NFL since the year 1999. His peak was when he was head coach of the Phildaphelia Eagles. He led them to a 120-77-1 record and also earned them nine playoff appearances (not to mention a Super Bowl appearance). Go Reid! It seemed good for a while, but things took a slight turn.
He did sadly get knocked by the New England Patriots. Still, he deserves his spot here.
This Hall-of-Famer and St. Louis native is another iconic NFL head coach, Jimmy Conzleman posted an 87-63-18 record, all while getting two NFL championships. Not too shabby at all. He has also had tons of experience.
He has successfully led multiple teams as the head coach between the years 1931 and 1949. Starting with the Gunners and ending with the Cardinals before he resigned just 3 weeks after the 1948 Championship Game.
After giving it his all for 18 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Bud Grant was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994. He went 158-96-5 in that stint with his long-time team. That is pretty good going. But there was more.
During his time there he racked up twelve winning seasons, ten divisional titles and twelve playoff appearances. An interesting little fact about Grant, he allowed heaters on the sidelines!
It's safe to say that Bill Walsh was football through the 1980s. The head coach for the San Francisco 49ers, Walsh led his squad for ten seasons and in that time took them to seven playoff appearances. Out of those seven, the 49ers finished first place in six of them and earned three Super Bowl trophies.
In that time, Walsh also implemented the highly coveted West Coast offense, a scheme that puts the emphasis on passing rather on running.
This guy got his team to win seven times as a regular-season coach, simply excels (His .613 winning percentage) - even if his postseason period was rather poor. Schottenheimer's teams went a combined 5-13 during the playoffs.
While he wasn't exactly scooping up championships, he still was a super solid coach that deserves to be on this list.
Joe Gibbs had a stellar start to his career. His first 12-year long stint in Washington got him ten victories out of twelve seasons. In addition to that Gibbs took a bunch unpolished plater to four Super Bowls - out of those four, three were victories.
Out of the 24 different playoffs, Gibbs has gotten himself a .708 winning percentage. His sports career doesn't end at football, his a NASCAR coach too.
Known mostly for his fantastic defense strategies, Tony Dungy should get a lot more credit. After a long wait, he finally became Tampa Bay's head coach in the 1996 season - 1997 season. Since that, he as embarked on a career that has included 11 playoffs out of 13-year long stint.
He has been noted for his special partnership with the football legend Peyton Manning in Indianapolis. In addition to that, his work with the Colts got a win of five consecutive division titles, as well as Super Bowl victory in 2007. Dungy is also the first African-America to hold a Lombardi Trophy
Known to younger fans as a football commentator, Bill Cowher was much more than that back in the day. In fact, Cowher the Pennsylvania native, led the Pittsburg Steelers for 15 years, taking them to ten playoffs, of those ten, eight of them were division titles and one was a Super Bowl victory.
At a relatively young age, he retired from coaching and focused on his family. But later, he, of course, re-emerged - with his passion for football still intact - and joined the football entertainment world.
Though Allie Sherman never won an actual Super Bowl, he did land the New York Giants three playoff appearances. The New York native posted a decent 57-51-4 record between 1961 and 1968.
He has been particularly praised for his progressive style of play-calling, an offensive type of scheme that was considered really modern at the time.
The man behind the Buffalo Bills' four-time Super Bowl appearances. While that in and of itself is an accomplishment, Levy, unfortunately, could not get past that initial victory. The Bills lost every single Super Bowl since that and have not actually managed to repeat any of that success since.
Odd. As for Levy, he has won a total of 143 games giving hin a winning rate of .561 percent.
It might come as a bit of a shock to know that Revees is pretty high up here. Talk about underrated. This Georgia-born NFL superman began his career on the field as a running back before he climbed his way up into coaching.
He endured long stints as a coach on various teams like the New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, and the Denver Broncos. His golden moment, however, was in the 1998-99 season.
Tom Landry is now officially, as of February 2019, the head coach with the fourth-most wins in NFL history (250). On top of that, for almost 30 years, Landry was the most prolific coach in the entire league, earning two Super Bowl victories for the Dallas Cowboys, which, considering their opponents at the time (Broncos and Dolphins) seemed nearly impossible.
In addition to that, under his leadership, the Cowboys ran a winning streak for 20-straight seasons. A feat that is simply groundbreaking.
Another old schooler. Sid Gillman was the head coach of several teams between 1955 and 1974. He coached for the Los Angeles Rams, the Los Angeles Chargers, San Diego Chargers, and the Houston Oilers.
Gillman made it to six playoffs out of his career and eventually took one winning title while posting 122-99-7 record.
Tom Coughlin is all about old school discipline. His approach hasn't exactly gotten him the title of Mr. Popular. Still, even though his team may not always love him. he sure has gotten his fair share of wins. He took his Jackson Jaguars to four playoffs. He then led the Giants to five different playoffs.
In 2007 he won his first Super Bowl title out of a total of two when his squad beat the then-undefeated Patriots resulting in them never able to acquire the title of the best team of all time.
Possibly one of the toughest coaches in NFL history, it's no doubt that his tough no-nonsense persona even landed him in some popular Hollywood films (most notably Kicking and Screaming). Of course, his greatest achievement is his work with the 1985 Chicago Bears.
Additionally, he also coached for the New Orleans Saints. Ditka retired with a decent 121-95 record while posting a 6-6 record postseason.
While he wasn't exactly Super Bowl material, Knox has consistently achieved some solid results in his time. He demonstrated this when he took the Rams to five consecutive double-digit wins. Since that, he had an additional six playoffs that were combined with Seahawks and the Buffalo Bills.
The coach has been recognized multiple times- three to be exact, as the best NFL coach of the ETA. Overall, he has no.11 ranking.
Guy Chamberlin was the head coach for several teams including the Cleveland Bulldogs, the Canton Bulldogs, the Chicago Cardinals and the Frankford Yellow Jackets, from 1922 to 1927. For a coach with a minimum of 50 wins, Chamberlin has the best win percentage (.759) of any NFL coach in history.
After winning five NFL championships and with a 58-16-7 regular-season record, Chamberlin retired from the game and moved onto to farming.
NFL coach John Madden has become a bit of a viral celeb for many young folks, but his contribution to football is a significant one. Madden has won an overall 75 percent of matches as the Oakland Raiders' head coach.
His most memorable moment was when his squad defeated Fran Tarkenton's Minnesota Vikings 32-14 in the season of 1976-77. That score cemented his spot in the Raiders hall of fame.
This tough, no-nonsense coach was behind the Pitsburg Steelers' 'steel curtain' plan throughout the '70s. With his formidable determination, he led the team to win four Super Bowls. Most notably, however, he heavily advocated for diversity and pushed for African Americans to join the team (both as staff and players).
One of his many protégés was none other than legendary coach, Tony Dungy, who is on this very list. Clearly coach Noll was part of a huge turning point in football and is one of the people who made it what it is today.
Younger generations might not be familiar with the name Greasy Neale, at least if they're not from Philadephia, and if they are, they certainly know him as a city hero. Neale was the head coach for the Eagles between 1941 and 1950. In 1948 and 1948, the Eagle king won back to back NFL championships.
That win brought his team to a combined 22-3 record. Fun fact, did you know that before his football career, he was also an in major league baseball?
Don't let the funny name mislead you. Weeb Ewbank meant serious business. As the head coach of the Baltimore Colts and the New York Jets earned two league championships and a Super Bowl V., All in all, he had 130-129-7 record.
He will be remembered most for being the first NFL coach to win a title with both the AFL and the NFL.
it's been a while since the Dallas Cowboys have actually been relevant. Since the '90s to be exact. Before that though, it was Jimmy Johnson that made it different and may take credit for his "three-headed monster" Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin. It was clear that his coaching skills were something special.
Johnson was also lauded for his incredible knack for dealing with unruly egos. Though he couldn't win with everyone. his tense relationship with Jerry Jones finished off his time in Dallas. Still, the two-time Super Bowl winner is up there with the legends.
With 328 victories in about a three-decade career, Don Shula is the head NFL coach with the most wins. His golden moment was in 1972 when he led the Miami Dolphins to a perfect 17-0.
Additionally, he took his squad to six NFL appearances and earned two Super Bowl wins. He also led the Dolphins to the playoffs 20 times out 33 years. As far as consistency goes, Shula owns it.
Even without a Super Bowl to his name, Dennis Green has still accomplished some pretty impressive things. Perhaps less so when it came to the Arizona Cardinals, but certainly for the Minnesota Vikings. His 1998 season with the Vikings earned them 15-1.
Before retirement, he held a remarkable 113-94 record as head coach.
For almost twenty years, Bill Parcells AKA 'The Big Tuna' was a force and was all about discipline and accuracy. He holds the title for the only coach in history to have led four separate teams to play postseason. Those teams are the New England Patriots, the New York Jets, the New York Giants, and the Dallas Cowboys.
He has earned the Giants two Super Bowl victories. He also received a lot of credit for patiently mentoring many up and coming assistant coaches. Some newer greats who have benefited from this include (but not limited to) Sean Payton, Mike Zimmer, Tom Coughlin, Todd Haley, and Bill Belichick.
The Curly Lambeau football stadium is enough of a testament to his greatness. Located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, fans are also greeted by his statue. Major players like Favre, Starr, and Rodgers have starred as top signal-callers in Lambeau Field.
Lambeau was only beyond building the squad, but he was both a player and a coach. With six Super Bowl titles and 226 wins, naming a stadium after him, was the obvious thing to do when he passed in 1965.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers aside, Sam Wyche has still done his bit. In his defense, the history of the Buccaneers has been considered a bit of a joke at this point. But when it comes to the Cincinnati Bengals, Wyche pretty much ruled in the year 1988.
His winnings total up to 61 games and an AFC championship. Unfortunately, he did take a bit of a hint in the Super Bowl against Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers.
Over his 20-year long career, Mike Shanahan has taken eight of his different squads to the playoffs. The Illinois- born coach earned some special attention during his Denver days in the '90s. It was in that time that the Denver Broncos won Super Bowls back to back.
In the later part of his career in Washington, however, he did only manage one playoff appearance. The most notable of his tactics his formidable offense and is even regarded as a revolutionary in creating strong blocking plans for his running backs.
Possibly the NFL's most significant figure all-time. Vince Lombardi, who led the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s got them five titles out of a total seven seasons. In addition to that, in 1967, his franchise won it what was the first Super Bowl ever held. That was a historic day.
Lombardi remains to be the most influential individual in the NFL to this day. His legacy certainly lives on and of course, the highly coveted Lombardi Trophy honors that.
Jeff Fisher has led 17 seasons of success with both the Houston Oilers and the Tennessee Titans. The Texan coach posted a 142 -120 record and also won five out a total eleven playoffs. Recently, he was just one yard shy of winning the Super Bowl XXXIV.
Fisher took over as the head coach for the St. Louis Rams and was with them until his retirement in 2016. Up until his resignation, he was also a co-chair of the NFL competition committee together with Rich McKay, the President of the Atlanta Falcons
This Californian pro has made a name for himself by transforming underdogs into playoff contenders. This was certainly proved when Kansas City, St. Louis, and Philadelphia went from .-500 to the playoffs.
His claim to fame was with the St. Lions team with the project 'Greatest Show on Turf'. The Rams were in a very different position just a year ago.
Former AFL member, Hank Stram is not just a great coach, but a great player to boot. It was Stram who earned the Kansas City Chiefs/ Dallas Texans AFL titles three times respectively.
His winning didn't stop there when he got the Chiefs, who were up against the Minnesota Vikings to bag the Super Bowl IV with a 23-7 win. For five seasons, the NLF coach earned 10 more wins. Stram has racked up a .575 winning percentage as one of the league's coaches.
While George Wilson won an NFL championship back in 1957 with the Lions, he landed on this list for another reason. His work with the Miami Dolphins was quite the feat.
It was Wilson who actually drafted legendary players Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick, Bob Griese and Mercury Morris. His picks cemented future wins for the team, this came full force under the leadership of later coach Don Shula.
Standing on field in his oftentimes odd-looking outfits, Bill Belichick might not have a great fashion sense, be he sure knows how to coach. Under Belichick's leadership, the New England Patriots have appeared in the AFC Championship Games 13 times (the last eight consecutively). The franchise has also scooped up six Super Bowl titles.
His super strength, however, is in the way he makes halftime adjustments and has created plays that render his opponents worthless. Belicheck is the embodiment of an unbeatable coach.