The Top 5 Head Coaches In The NFL

Everyone knows just how important coaching can be in the NFL and there are several names in the profession that are considered to be among the league’s sideline royalty. Talent can only achieve so much at any level of competition before organization, attention to detail, and sound decision making separate the winners from the losers.

This list is certainly debatable and fluid in nature with the volatile world of coaching, but these are the top five coaches in the NFL today according to BOLTHYPE:

1. Bill Belichick

Everyone knows that this name belongs on top because there’s just no denying the résumé that Belichick has compiled during his tenure with New England. With a 126-50 regular season record to go along with a stunning 14-5 postseason mark, the Patriots have the most imitated coaching model in the NFL today. Belichick’s teams have appeared in four Super Bowls winning three of those and had one near undefeated season come crashing down in the big game against the New York Giants following the 2007 season. His coaching is undeniably good, but perhaps the best part about Belichick is his uncanny ability to evaluate talent and make it work as a cohesive unit. During his time with the Pats, it seems that they have the least superstars of any team yet still they have managed to win ten or more games on a regular basis. There are plenty of reasons to dislike the hoodie from his dry press conferences to the whole spygate fiasco, but the main feeling looking at the Patriots over the past decade is obvious: envy.

2. Mike Tomlin

For a franchise that has had only three different head coaches since 1969, the Pittsburgh Steelers sure know how to pick the best football minds in the business. When Tomlin took over for the departing Bill Cowher in 2007, many were skeptical of him as a first time head coach for a team built to win right now. Tomlin has not had a sub-.500 record in four years with the team and has led Pittsburgh to 2 Super Bowl appearances (1 win) during those four seasons. Having taken over a dynasty in progress, it seemed the bar might be set too high for a coach with players on his roster older than him. In hindsight, it seems those original doubts were unsubstantiated as Tomlin became the youngest coach to win the Super Bowl and then this past season was the youngest to take a team to two Super Bowls in three years. Given the Steelers’ track record of hanging on to coaches, Tomlin is likely to be in the Steel City for the bulk of the foreseeable future.

3. Sean Payton

It was tough to find anyone not behind Payton after turning the once upon a time hapless Saints into a Super Bowl champion in 2009 and even after an early dismissal from the playoffs this past season, Payton’s stock is still sky-high. The conversation about ingenuity on offense certainly begins and ends in New Orleans where former Bolt Drew Brees has resurrected a once left for dead city and franchise into one of the NFL’s most potent attacks. As arguably the top offensive mind in the NFL, Payton’s Saints offer a variety of looks in terms of personnel and are nearly impossible to defend with the different weapons at their disposal. He may already have one ring on his finger, but Payton still has a ton of upside with the Saints for the next handful of years.

4. Mike McCarthy

The league’s most recent Super Bowl winner definitely deserves a spot on this list having made the playoffs in three of his first five years at the helm for the Pack. McCarthy took over a team with a legend at quarterback in Brett Favre and made the seamless transition to the new up and comer in Aaron Rodgers. His offensive philosophy is to spread the field and force opposing defenses into one-on-one match-ups that favor the offense. Having plenty of youth on his current roster and adding even more blue chip players via the draft this past April, the arrow is still pointing up for Green Bay as they look to defend their crown in 2011.

5. Rex Ryan

Although this guy rubs many people the wrong way with his outlandish post-game comments and overall confidence bordering on cockiness and arrogance, there is no arguing with Rex’s stature as one of the league’s best motivators. He is a defensive genius who isn’t afraid to toot his own horn from time to time and his chameleon defenses have been keeping opposing offensive coordinators up nights since his days with the Baltimore Ravens. You may not like his attitude, but it’s difficult to denounce Ryan’s skills as a coach reaching the AFC Championship game in his first two seasons at the helm for the New York Jets.

Coaching is often times an overlooked ingredient in the recipe for success in the NFL and the Chargers have been somewhat unsettled at the head coaching position since Bobby Ross’s departure in 1996. The team has had five different guys calling the shots since 1997, can you name them all?

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May 27, 2011

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