The Top 10 NFL Coaches for 2020
As it stands for the moment, the NFL is playing its season in full come September. As the season approaches, I’m going to be taking a look at the landscape of the NFL, position by position, over the course of the next several weeks. We’ll be talking about the who’s who of the NFL in our own little version of the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players” bit they do every year. Up first, we’re talking about the top 10 NFL coaches for 2020!
The Top 10 NFL Coaches for 2020
10. Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills – This may be my hot take of the list, but I think McDermott is perennially underrated as a head coach. In his three seasons as a head coach, he’s taken the Bills to the playoffs twice, and could’ve easily won either wild card game. In 2020, he has his best roster yet…a roster that figures to make the Bills a dark horse contender to win the AFC.
9. Bruce Arians, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The idea of Arians and Tom Brady working together should have Bucs fans salivating. The man fielded a competitive squad with Jameis Winston throwing 30 interceptions. Just imagine what an upgrade at quarterback will do. Arians is 66-44-1 as a head coach.
8. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers – Are Tomlin’s better seasons behind him? Tough to say, but you can’t deny his 141 wins and the fact that the Steelers are almost always in the mix in the AFC North or the AFC Wild Card race. He’s instilled a culture of winning in Pittsburgh.
7. Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams – Just a year ago, McVay was the hottest name in coaching. A 2019 campaign that didn’t quite go as planned knocks him down a few pegs, as he wasn’t able to recreate the success that put the Rams in the Super Bowl after the 2018 season. That Super Bowl berth, two NFC West titles, and a Coach of the Year Award keeps him in the top seven.
6. Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles – Pederson is one of the premiere offensive minds in the league. He’s had three straight winning seasons, three straight trips to the postseason, and a Super Bowl title in 2017 to back it up. Pederson has had more success in his four seasons as head coach than most will see in a career.
5. John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens – Harbaugh has helped to build and rebuild one of the NFL’s most stable franchises. He happens to coach the reigning NFL MVP, and figures to field another Super Bowl contender in 2020. He’s currently 6th in the NFL with 128 career wins.
4. Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints – He ain’t the second longest-tenured coach in the NFL for nothing. Payton has been the architect of some of the greatest offenses in NFL history, and as long as he and Drew Brees are together in New Orleans, they’re going to be perennial Super Bowl contenders.
3. Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks – I’ve always loved the way that Carroll coaches his players by allowing them to be themselves. But, it’s been met with results, plain and simple. A Super Bowl win out of two appearances will do it. Recently, it’s been his ability to adapt to a changing roster that’s stood out. Carroll trails only Belichick and Reid in career wins with 144.
2. Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs – We’ve known Reid is an offensive genius for a long time. He did some special things with those Eagles teams of the early 2000s, but in Kansas City, he has all the tools he needs to finally win multiple titles. Why should last year’s Super Bowl be his only one?
1. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots – Not exactly going out on a limb here, I know. But, until proven otherwise, I’m still rolling with Belichick as the greatest coach in the NFL today. He may be the greatest NFL coach of all time. For a long time now, the question has been, “is it Brady? Or, is it Belichick?” Now, we’re going to get the chance to find out in New England. Still, I’ll take the 17 division titles, nine conference titles, and six Super Bowl championships over any other coach in the league.
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