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1. Bill Belichick

Career Record: 211-109 (.659)

With The Patriots Since: 2000

Last Year’s Ranking: 1


Three Super Bowls were easy for the best coach of his generation. It was the fourth that proved elusive. Bill Belichick spent nine years in the championship wilderness, nine years where his reputation never stopped being questioned. Was he a cheat? A product of Tom Brady? An occultist whose talismanic tuck rules and last-second field goals could no longer be conjured? Fate, after all, seemed to torture Belichick at every turn (see Manningham, Mario and Tyree, David).


The answer is Belichick never stopped being the game’s best coach. In reality, he only got better. If you’re not going to win a Super Bowl, you might as well mix in a 16-0 campaign and 11-5 season where your generational quarterback plays only one quarter. Still, however silly, the “questions” could only be answered with a Lombardi. They have been, and in pure Belichick fashion. Super Bowl XLIX could scarcely have been more Belichick-ian had a hoodie been draped over University of Phoenix’s retractable roof. There was controversy (Deflategate), a narrow victory (four points) and unmatched preparation. Because where you might see a stroke of luck in Seattle’s unfathomable decision to pass from the one-yard line, Belichick’s Patriots saw a second chance they weren’t going to waste. Malcolm Butler’s interception was not an accident. He knew what play Russell Wilson was running better than Ricardo Lockette did. Thanks to good coaching, Butler made his own luck, and Belichick a four-time Super Bowl champion. Butler’s pick was not one fateful play. It was simply one more brilliant setup from a coach who has provided 15 years of them in New England.
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8. Bill O’Brien

Career Record: 9-7 (.563)

With The Texans Since: 2014

Last Year’s Ranking: — —


Bill O’Brien is the tale of two Week 17s. Week 17 2013: The Texans were in the midst of a 13-game losing streak, and on track for the No. 1 overall pick. Week 17 2014: The Texans entered with a 4-2 record since their bye (8-7 overall), and an outside shot at a playoff berth. That’s the level to which the Texans’ fortunes changed under O’Brien. Not that O’Brien walked into a hopeless situation. Any rookie coach should be lucky enough to have the best defensive player on the planet (J.J. Watt), and two All-Pros on offense (Arian Foster and Andre Johnson). It wasn’t just that O’Brien whipped a talented roster into 9-7, however, but how he did it. How did O’Brien land on the coaching radar in the first place? Via Tom Brady’s golden arm. What did he do his final year at Penn State? Dial up 32.6 passes per game with true freshman Christian Hackenberg. So what was his plan in Houston? Lead the league in rushing attempts. O’Brien maximized his roster in every which way, tapping DeAndre Hopkins’ superstar potential while making JaDeveon Clowney's lost rookie year a footnote. The Colts have had free rein of the AFC South since landing Andrew Luck. O’Brien has ensured that’s about to change.

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25. Joe Philbin

Career Record: 23-25 (.479)

With The Dolphins Since: 2012

Last Year’s Ranking: 25


The grandest of mediocrities, Joe Philbin is not an NFL coach. He is a shrinking violet garbed in an aqua polo and adorned with a headset. He is a man unloved by his players, outwitted by his rivals and overwhelmed by his duties. An “offensive mind,” Philbin does not call his own plays. That leaves his primary function as “leading.” This is not good because Philbin’s primary failing is leadership. Not every NFL coach is going to be Pete Carroll or Mike Ditka. Loud does not equal “lead.” But if you’re going to be the quiet type, you better have a firm grasp on the pulse of your team. This is something Philbin insisted he didn’t have when he pled ignorance again and again in the Dolphins’ “Bullygate” scandal. Philbin’s locker room was fracturing into factions, and whether it was willful or intentional, he had no idea. Once Philbin finally does discover his problems, he ships them out instead of coaching them up. Brandon Marshall and Vontae Davis have both thrived since Philbin sent them packing, while the Dolphins have spent millions and many draft picks trying to replace them.


Not that Philbin’s failures all come behind closed doors. As a game manager, his top innovation has been calling late timeouts on defense in one-score games. This brilliant tactic helped produce two wins in 2014 … for the Packers and Lions. Philbin’s other speciality is dialing up field goals. Unfortunately for Dolphins fans, only five teams had worse field-goal percentages last season. Philbin is John Harbaugh if he never won. He’s Mike Tomlin if he never showed fire. He’s Jason Garrett if he never smiled. He is the worst coach in the NFL.
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Nice find! Thanks! Repped

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6. Chip Kelly
7. Mike McCarthy

8. Bill O’Brien
Career Record: 9-7 (.563)
With The Texans Since: 2014
Last Year’s Ranking: — —

The Colts have had free rein of the AFC South since landing Andrew Luck. O’Brien has ensured that’s about to change.

From his words to the football gods ears

9. Tom Coughlin
10. Andy Reid
12. Mike Tomlin

That's damn complimentary of OB, and I can only hope the rest of the league holds him in such high esteem
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it'll be in the top 3 next year

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it'll be in the top 3 next year

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Yeah, lifting that Lombardi trophy over his head will move him up several spots.
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