Top 50 NFL Coaches Right Now

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIJanuary 23, 2012

Top 50 NFL Coaches Right Now

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    The game of football is so heavily effected by the team's head coach—quite frankly, more than any other sport that I can think of.

    The NFL has seen it's share of legendary head coaches such as Vince Lombardi and Bill Walsh.

    But who are the best in the NFL today?

    Here are the top 50 coaches in the NFL today. 

50. Raheem Morris

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    Raheem Morris displayed promising signs with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to being fired after a 17-31 record in three seasons.

    Morris is now serving as the defensive backs coach with the Washington Redskins and the 35-year-old still has a lot of learning to do. 

49. Jack Del Rio

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    Jack Del Rio's tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars was extremely inconsistent as he posted a 68-71 record with two playoff appearances.

    Del Rio is a great defensive coach but should not receive a head coaching job for a couple of seasons. 

48. Brian Schottenheimer

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    Brian Schottenheimer's stock has definitely taken a giant fall after this past season as Mark Sanchez, along with the entire New York Jets offense, struggled.

    Schotty is now the St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator and will do his best in developing quarterback Sam Bradford

47. Kevin Gilbride

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    Kevin Gilbride didn't have much success as head coach with the San Diego Chargers. where he posted a 6-16 record.

    But has had great success with the New York Giants since 2007.

    Gilbride has done a great job developing quarterback Eli Manning and turning him into an elite quarterback. 

46. Perry Fewell

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    Perry Fewell is one of the up-and-coming defensive coaches in the NFL today as he's been serving as the New York Giants defensive coordinator since 2010.

    Prior to that, he was the Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator before he was named interim coach by the end of the 2009 season when he posted a 3-4 record. 

45. Rob Ryan

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    Rob Ryan is a great defensive mind that likes to get pressure on the quarterback.

    Currently serving as the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator, the twin brother of Rex Ryan could certainly receive some interest from team's this offseason and next offseason for a head coaching job. 

44. Todd Haley

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    Todd Haley's tenure as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs did not end well this past season.

    But he is definitely a prime candidate to be a team's offensive coordinator. 

    From 2009 until 2011 with the Chiefs, Haley posted a 19-26 record with one AFC West divisional crown. 

43. Rob Chudzinski

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    The 43-year-old Rob Chudzinski is an intriguing coach that could certainly receive quite a few offers over the next couple of seasons to be a team's new head coach.

    Chudzinski is currently serving as the Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator where he played a major role in the development of quarterback Cam Newton. 

42. Pat Shurmur

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    Pat Shurmur has a lot to moving forward with the Cleveland Browns as he posted a 4-12 record in his first season as head coach—that's all that I have to say. 

41. Hue Jackson

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    I do not believe that Hue Jackson should have been fired by the Oakland Raiders—he had that team heading in the right direction.

    Jackson posted an 8-8 record in his first season but was simply one-and-done with the Raiders. 

40. Tony Sparano

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    Tony Sparano was fired a few months ago by the Miami Dolphins but now will serve as the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets in 2012.

    Sparano posted a 29-31 record with the Dolphins while winning one divisional title. 

39. Steve Spagnuolo

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    Steve Spagnuolo may have been fired a few weeks ago by the St. Louis Rams, but he's still a very talented defensive coach in the NFL.

    Spags will serve as the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints in 2012. 

38. Mike Zimmer

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    Since 2008, Mike Zimmer has done a phenomenal job as the Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator.

    Considering his success with the Bengals, I guarantee to you that he will have himself a head coaching job in the near future. 

37. Jay Gruden

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    Jay Gruden was named the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals a year ago and did one hell of a job in his rookie season.

    Gruden help developed Andy Dalton and A.J. Green and looks to be on his way to a head coaching job in the next few seasons. 

36. Mike Mularkey

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    Mike Mularkey coached two seasons with the Buffalo Bills from 2004 until 2005, posting a 14-18 record.

    Now Murlarkey will look to turn things around as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

35. Mike Martz

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    Mike Martz may no longer be employed by an NFL team—but he was one of the great offensive coaches of our recent generation.

    Martz served as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator since 2010 and had his success as the head coach of the St. Louis Rams when he won 53 games. 

34. Josh McDaniels

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    Josh McDaniels did not have any success as a head coach.

    But he is one hell of an offensive coordinator.

    McDaniels is a great offensive mind that help lead New England's offense back in 2007 to their record breaking season, which included a 50 touchdown pass season by Tom Brady

33. Joe Philbin

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    Joe Philbin is one of the most impressive offensive minds in the NFL today.

    Philibin has been the Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator from 2007 until 2011 and will be the Miami Dolphins head coach for the upcoming seasons. 

32. Leslie Frazier

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    Leslie Frazier is a young defensive mind that should have a bright future with the Minnesota Vikings in upcoming seasons.

    Throughout one-and-a-half seasons with the Vikings, Frazier has gone 6-16. 

31. Wade Phillips

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    Wade Phillips isn't all that great of a head coach.

    But Phillips is certainly one hell of a defensive coordinator.

    With the Houston Texans this season, he took one of the worst defenses and turned them into an elite defense. 

30. Jason Garrett

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    Jason Garrett has a lot of potential with the Dallas Cowboys as he's a great offensive mind.

    But he's got a long way to go.

    In two seasons, Garrett has yet to make the playoffs and has posted a 12-7 record. 

29. Chan Gailey

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    Chan Gailey has taken the Buffalo Bills and has them headed in the right direction.

    Since joining Buffalo in 2010, he has gone 10-22. 

28. Ron Rivera

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    In Ron Rivera's first season with the Carolina Panthers, he showed some major potential and certainly has a ton of upside heading into 2012. 

    Rivera posted a 6-10 record and will look to improve on that mark next season. 

27. Romeo Crennel

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    Romeo Crennel did not have much success as head coach with the Cleveland Browns a couple of years back.

    He is now looking to right the ship with the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Crennel was a part of the New England Patriots dynasty that won three Super Bowls as the team's defensive coordinator. 

26. Dick LeBeau

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    Dick LeBeau has been the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator since 2004 and has been extremely successful.

    Year in and year out, LeBeau has successfully led his Steelers to having an elite defense—it's quite impressive if you ask me. 

25. Ken Whisenhunt

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    Ken Whisenhunt won the NFC Championship three years ago but fell short in the Super Bowl against the Arizona Cardinals. 

    Whisenhunt has a solid 43-41 record while winning four games in the playoffs. 

24. Pete Carroll

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    Pete Carroll didn't have  much success with the New England Patriots in the late 1990s.

    But he has had some success the past two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. 

    Carroll now has a 47-49 overall record as a head coach in the NFL. 

23. John Fox

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    John Fox has gone to one Super Bowl back with the Carolina Panthers and, in his first season with the Denver Broncos, led them to an AFC West divisional crown.

    Throughout his career, Fox has a 73-71 record. 

22. Mike Munchak

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    In Mike Munchak's first season with the Tennessee Titans, he led them to a second-place finish in the AFC South while posting a 9-7 record.

    Be on the lookout for Munchak; he's a young head coach that has a very bright future. 

21. Jeff Fisher

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    Jeff Fisher had some success with the Tennessee Titans and is now ready to lead the St. Louis Rams to some long-awaited success.

    Fisher has a career 142-120 record as a head coach.

20. Jim Schwartz

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    Jim Schwartz did not have the greatest success early on with the Detroit Lions.

    But he finally led his team to their first playoff berth since 1999 this past season.

    Schwartz has gone 18-30 in his three seasons with the Lions. 

19. Norv Turner

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    Norv Turner hasn't been that great in the postseason with the San Diego Chargers.

    But he's found a way to win games in the regular season.

    Since 2007, Turner has posted a 80-49 record with the Chargers. 

18. Gary Kubiak

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    Gary Kubiak finally led his Houston Texans to the postseason this past year with a solid 10-6 record.

    With the Texans, Kubiak has posted a 47-49 record and looks to continue to improve next season with Houston. 

17. Jon Gruden

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    Jon Gruden won the Super Bowl back in 2002 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is now currently serving as an analyst for ESPN. 

    Gruden has a 95-81 as a head coach while posting a solid 5-4 record in the postseason as coach of the Bucs and the Oakland Raiders. 

16. Marvin Lewis

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    Marvin Lewis hasn't had much playoff success has—he's yet to win a single game.

    But he has done a fine job with the Cincinnati Bengals over the years.

    Lewis is now 69-74-1 as head coach of the Bengals. 

15. Lovie Smith

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    Lovie Smith has yet to win a Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears but he's had a lot of success. 

    Smith has gone 74-60 with the Bears while winning one NFC Championship. That team eventually lost the Super Bowl in 2006 against the Indianapolis Colts. 

14. Mike Smith

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    Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith may be 0-3 in the playoffs but he's been very successful in the regular season. 

    Smith has a 43-21 record since taking over in 2008.

13. Rex Ryan

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    Since joining the New York Jets in 2009, Rex Ryan has turned them into a winning franchise.

    Ryan did make the playoffs in his first two seasons with the Jets while winning a grand-total of 31 games. 

12. Jim Harbaugh

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    After one season with the San Francisco 49ers, I think that it's safe to agree that Jim Harbaugh is a very good head coach.

    Harbaugh took a six win team from a year ago and led them to the NFC Championship this past season—that's quite an accomplishment. 

11. Mike Shanahan

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    Mike Shanahan may be in the state of a rebuilding process with the Washington Redskins, but he's still considered to be one of the better coaches in NFL history.

    Shanahan has posted a 160-113 record,  winning two Super Bowls as a head coach and one as an offensive coordinator. 

10. Marty Schottenheimer

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    Marty Schottenheimer hasn't been in the NFL since 2006 but is considered to be one of the greatest regular season coaches in the history of the game.

    Schottenheimer currently has a remarkable 200-126-1 record and I can guarantee to you that several teams across the NFL would love to have him as their head coach. 

9. Mike McCarthy

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    Mike McCarthy is one year removed from winning his first Super Bowl, when the Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    McCarthy has posted a 63-33 career record and lead the Packers to a stellar 15-1 regular season this past year. 

8. Brian Billick

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    Brian Billick is currently not a head coach at the NFL level—he currently works as an analyst for the NFL Network as well as FOX—but he's a pretty damn head coach.

    Billick coached the Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2007 as he won one Super Bowl back in 2000 while winning 80 regular season and five postseason games. 

7. Andy Reid

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    Andy Reid is one hell of a regular season head coach.

    While Reid usually finds a way to make a deep playoff run, he has only made the Super Bowl once and lost that game to the New England Patriots in 2004.

    Reid has a career 126-81-1 record while winning a total of 10 playoff games. 

6. John Harbaugh

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    John Harbaugh was named the Baltimore Ravens head coach back in 2008 and has made the playoffs each season.

    While Harbaugh may have never made it to the Super Bowl, he has one at least one playoff game each season—which is fairly impressive. 

5. Bill Cowher

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    Bill Cowher may not be employed by any team right now. But I can guarantee to you that any franchise would love to have him as their head coach.

    Cowher won one Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers while posting a solid 149-90-1 record as a head coach. 

4. Mike Tomlin

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    Mike Tomlin took over as the head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007 and has won 60 games since then.

    Tomlin has been to two Super Bowls with the Steelers, with a win against the Arizona Cardinals in 2009. 

3. Sean Payton

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    Just two years ago, Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints won their first ever Super Bowl over the Indianapolis Colts.

    Since Payton took over Saints in 2006, he has won 62 regular season games while winning five total playoff games. 

2. Tom Coughlin

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    Time and time again, you think Tom Coughlin is going to be fired.

    But each time Coughlin finds a way to rally his team and lead them to the playoffs.

    Coughlin has already won one Super Bowl back in 2007 when he upset the undefeated New England Patriots and will now be coaching in his second Super Bowl in four seasons this year as his Giants took out the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship. 

1. Bill Belichick

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    Bill Belichick is the man that coached the New England Patriots to three Super Bowls in four seasons and is the face of the NFL's latest dynasty.

    With that being said, there is one thing that Belichick can say that no one else can say—He has now made five Super Bowl appearances. 

    Belichick is the modern-day Vince Lombardi—Hell, he's the greatest coach in NFL history.