There have been several incredible coaches throughout NFL history, but some haven't fared so well in the playoffs.
Browse through the records and you'll discover some shocking information: George Allen, the former coach of the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins, had a career winning percentage of .712, but was 2-7 in the playoffs. Former Raiders coach Bill Callahan had a better winning percentage than Bill Cowher in the postseason, and even with the Super Bowl he won, Tony Dungy had a 9-10 record in the playoffs.
If you based it just on winning percentage alone, you would be stunned to see which coaches ranked ahead of others. It begs the question: Who are the greatest playoff coaches in NFL history? Does Bill Belichick rank ahead of Vince Lombardi? Where does Bill Walsh rank?
Let's go after it and tackle this. Here are the 25 best playoff coaches in NFL history:
Wyche had a sub-.500 record (84-107) during his time at Cincinnati and Tampa Bay, but he did go 3-2 in the playoffs and led the Bengals to a 12-4 record in 1988 and the AFC championship.
His postseason winning percentage is ahead of Bill Parcells, but you would be ridiculous to rank him ahead of The Big Tuna.
The Ravens coach had a career record of 80-64 (.556), which includes a 5-3 record in the playoffs. He won one conference championship, and led the Ravens to a 34-7 victory over the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.
"Chucky" is 95-81 in the NFL (.540) and 5-4 in the postseason, winning one conference championship and a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay. What's crazy: Gruden's got a better postseason winning percentage than Don Shula.
Definitely one of the game's more passionate coaches, Vermeil had a record of 120-109 in stops with the Eagles, Rams and Chiefs. He went 6-5 in the postseason (.545), winning two conference championships and a Super Bowl with the Rams in 1999.
One of the classiest coaches in the NFL, Levy finished with a career record of 143-112 and coached in 19 playoff games with the Buffalo Bills. He had a record of 11-8 (.579) in the postseason, including four conference championships.
His Bills teams had talented players like Jim Kelly, Thurmon Thomas and Andre Reed, but any shot at a world title was squashed by Super Bowl losses to the Dallas Cowboys and "The Triplets," among others.
The current Washington Redskins coach is 152-108, including an 8-5 mark in the playoffs. As coach of the Broncos, he led the team to two conference championships and consecutive Super Bowls.
Long before he became a legendary announcer, Madden coached the Raiders and finished with a career record of 103-32-7 (.763). In the playoffs, he was 9-7, and led the team to a conference championship and Super Bowl victory.
"The Chin" became a beloved figure as the Steelers head coach, going 149-90-1 (.623). In 21 playoff games, he was 12-9, including two conference championships and a Super Bowl.
No way that's it for Cowher. He'll come back. He's way too good a coach just to have one Super Bowl to his credit.
His legend grew as coach of the New York Giants, but he later went to the Patriots and Jets and eventually to the Dallas Cowboys before becoming an executive with the Dolphins. Parcells has a career record of 172-130-1, and was 11-8 in the postseason (.579) with two Super Bowls and three conference championships.
The longtime Dolphins coach began his career as coach of the Baltimore Colts. He had a career record of 328-156-6 (.678), and was 19-17 in the postseason (.528) with two Super Bowls and six conference championships.
His 1972 Dolphins team still remains the only team to finish a season undefeated.
One of Jerry Jones' worst moves ever came early on when he fired the legendary Cowboys coach. Landry remains an icon in Texas. He finished with a record of 250-162-6 (.607) and was 20-16 in the postseason, leading Dallas to five conference championships and two Super Bowls.
Dallas would have never become "America's Team" if it weren't for Landry's guidance.
The legendary Cleveland Browns coach had a career winning percentage of .672, and was 9-8 in the postseason. He led the Browns to seven championships, including four straight in what was then known as the All-America Football Conference (1946-1949), and NFL titles in 1950, 1954 and 1955.
Lambeau coached for the Packers from 1921-1953, finishing with a record of 226-132-22 (.631). He was 3-2 in the postseason, and won six championships with the team.
Stram began his career with the AFL's Dallas Texans, where he coached from 1960-1962 before becoming the coach with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963. He finished his career with the Saints and was 5-3 in the postseason. Along with two conference championships, he won a Super Bowl and two AFL titles with the Texans (1962) and Chiefs (1966).
Seifert coached the 49ers from 1989-2001, finishing with a record of 114-62 (.648). He was 10-5 in the postseason, and led San Francisco to two conference championships and two Super Bowls.
The Steelers mystique was developed under Knoll, who was 16-8 in the postseason and guided Pittsburgh to four conference championships and four Super Bowls. He finished his career with a record of 193-148-1 (.566).
"Papa Bear" won 318 games in his career, and led the Bears to six championships. He was 6-3 in the postseason. One of the best Halas stories: Once before playing Green Bay, the story goes that Halas walked to the Packers' locker room, knocked on the door and wished Vince Lombardi and his team well. Then before leaving, he allegedly said, "Oh, and coach, we're going to kick your ass."
He was 9-4 in the postseason (.692) and led Dallas to two conference championships and two Super Bowls. The Cowboys dynasty reigned in the 1990s, and Johnson was also known for his popular saying, "How 'bout them Cowboys!"
Gibbs, who had two different stints with Washington, was 154-94 in his career (.621), including a 17-7 record in the playoffs. He led Washington to four conference championships and three Super Bowls.
Flores was 8-3 in the postseason (.727) and led the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders to two conference championships and Super Bowl victories in 1980 and 1983. He later coached in Seattle from 1992-1994, and finished his career with a 97-87 record.
His teams finished with 11 or more wins four times in his career.
Neale was the Philadelphia Eagles coach from 1941-1950. He had only two losing seasons, and coached the Eagles to consecutive NFL championships in 1948 and 1949, and was 3-1 in the postseason. In 1949, Philadelphia finished 11-1.
Neale had a career record of 63-43-5 (.594).
The master of the West Coast offense, Walsh was 92-59-1 (.609) as the 49ers head coach, guiding them to three conference championships and three Super Bowls with the help of Joe Montana.
The Patriots coach is a polarizing figure, but you can't argue with the numbers: He has a career record of 162-94, is 15-5 in the postseason, and has already guided New England to four conference championships and three Super Bowls.
Super Bowl No. 4 could come soon.
Ewbank coached the Baltimore Colts before becoming the coach of the New York Jets. He was 4-1 in the postseason, including one conference championship, two NFL championships and a Super Bowl victory.
Could you put anyone above him?
Lombardi was 9-1 in the postseason, guiding the Packers to three NFL championships, two conference titles and two Super Bowls. He had a career record of 96-34-6 (.738).