5 Super Bowl Winning Coaches Who Least Deserved a Ring

Clint DalyContributor IIJanuary 16, 2012

5 Super Bowl Winning Coaches Who Least Deserved a Ring

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    There are a number of great NFL coaches that never won Super Bowl.

    Marty Schottenheimer has nearly 200 wins but has never even made it to a Super Bowl.

    Dan Reeves, Marv Levy and Bud Grant made it to four Super Bowls but never could win the big one.

    Then you have the other guys.

    The coaches that had no business winning a Super Bowl, yet that's exactly what they did.

    Maybe they inherited a great team from a predecessor.

    Maybe they were given so much talent that their only job was to NOT screw it up.

    Or maybe they just weren't that great of a coach but happened to be at the right place at the right time.

    Either way here are five coaches that won a Super Bowl and didn't really deserve it.


5. Joe Gibbs

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    Now slow down, don't label me a heretic just yet.

    I'm not saying that Joe Gibbs doesn't deserve a Super Bowl win.

    Gibbs was a great coach in the NFL who coached for nearly 20 years and won 62 percent of his games.

    In his 16 years coaching the Washington Redskins he had just three losing seasons and failed to qualify for the playoffs just six times. He is the only head coach to ever win three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks.

    He is one of the greatest NFL coaches of all time.

    I'm simply saying that Gibbs' Super Bowl win in Super Bowl XVII deserves an asterisk.

    Due to the strike shortened season, the NFL only played 9 games in the regular season.

    The Redskins went 8-1 then beat the 4-5 Detroit Lions, the 5-4 Minnesota Vikings, and the 6-3 Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs.

    The Redskins went on to defeat the Miami Dolphins in the Super Bowl.

    Someone had to win it in 1982. It just happened to be Joe Gibbs.

4. Jon Gruden

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    Jon Gruden inherited a team that was on the verge of winning a championship.

    Tony Dungy had taken over a Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise that had a record of 94-213 and had made just three playoff appearances in its 20 year existence.

    Dungy completely rebuilt the team, assembling one of the most formidable defenses in NFL history.

    Tony Dungy went 54-42, qualifying for the playoffs four times in his six years in Tampa.

    Following the 2001 season, Tony Dungy was fired and replaced by Jon Gruden who would go on to win Super Bowl XXXVII in his first year on the job.

    Gruden ended up going 57-55 in his seven years in Tampa Bay.

    But he could never duplicate his inaugural success.

3. Mike Ditka

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    The 1985 Bears may be one of the most dominating teams to ever win a Super Bowl.

    They finished the 1985 season 15-1 and steamrolled through the playoffs, finally crushing the New England Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX.

    They averaged 28.5 points per game while holding their opponents to just 12.4.

    So how is Mike Ditka on this list?

    Well, for one, it was the defense that made this team so dominant.

    Buddy Ryan's defense. Not Ditka's.

    Plus with all of that talent...Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, Richard Dent, Wilbur Marshall and Dan Hampton...how could you not win?

    If anything, Ditka probably should have won more than just one.

    Plus...I'm still mad at him for not giving "Sweetness" a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

2. Brian Billick

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    Brian Billick is another coach whose team won because of its great defense.

    Not that there is anything wrong with that.

    But you're an offensive guy.

    Marvin Lewis, Rex Ryan and Jack Del Rio ran that defense.

    The Ravens won in spite of their offense, not because of it.

    For his career, Billick has a winning percentage of just over 55 percent.

    He is 5-3 in postseason games.

1. Barry Switzer

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    “Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.”

    Truer words could not be spoken concerning Barry Switzer's stint coaching the Dallas Cowboys.

    He took the reigns in Dallas following the departure of Jimmy Johnson.

    Johnson had rebuilt the Cowboys from the ground up since taking the job and had won two Super Bowls in the process.

    However, Johnson butted heads with Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones and left Dallas following the 1993 season having just won Super Bowl XXVIII.

    Enter Switzer, a buddy of Jerry Jones and former head coach at the University of Oklahoma.

    Under Switzer, the Sooners became embroiled in several scandals involving players that resulted in the football program being placed on probation.

    Dallas won an ugly victory in Super Bowl XXX despite Switzer's loose rules and style. But the Cowboys were falling apart both on and off the field.

    He stayed for just four years, finishing 6-10 in his final season.

    Switzer resigned and left all of us wondering, "How many Super Bowls would the Cowboys have won if Jimmy Johnson had stayed?"