10 Best NFL coaches that have won Super bowl championships

While it is true that a great coach does not necessarily need to win a Super Bowl, there can be little better test of a coach’s ability to educate and instruct his players than the example of winning a championship. In order to prove how good of a coach you really are, winning a ring is necessary, or the very least incredibly important. Moreover, even if you fail at winning a ring, making it to the finals is nonetheless hugely significant and deserving of accolades. Thus, it is no surprise that the list of top ten coaches is dominated by those who have brought home a championship. The list goes as follows, in order of number one to number ten: Vince Lombardi, Bill Walsh, Don Shula, George Halas, Chuck Noll, Bill Belichick, Tom Landry, Joe Gibbs, Bill Parcells, and John Madden.

1. Vince Lombardi

There can be little doubt that Vince Lombardi would top the list of the 10 best coaches of that have won Super bowl championships. Lombardi led the Green Bay Packers to eventually win five championships under his direction, including the first two ever championship bowls. Even more astounding, Lombardi’s team never had a single losing season—not in fifteen years of coaching.

Lombardi’s greatest success comes from his work with Green Bay Packers, though he did work with the New York Giants in the early 1950s. Despite winning the 1956 championship with the Giants, he decided to move onto the Packers in 1959, which had not had a winning seasons for over a decade. Within a single season, Lombardi led the Packers to a 7-5 season, only to win the Champion Game the next two years in a row. Only a few years later, the Packers would win three more years in a row, making Lombardi the single most successful coach in the history of the game. More victories would come in later years, and Lombardi would eventually step down and retire after the second Super Bowl resulted in yet another Packer victory. He would coach again in 1969 with the Washington Redskins, and died of cancer in 1970.

Lombardi’s legacy is simple. No other coach until him had experienced such a powerful string of victories with a team that had not performed well in well over a decade. Lombardi was able to use different and new recruiting tactics, efficient and unique training styles, and adapt his play style to match the forces arrayed against him. His incredible personal charisma, energy, and drive inspired those under him to greater heights, and he had a sense of magnetism that attracted followers and inspired confidence.

 

2. Bill Walsh

There are few pioneers of innovating strategies in football, and Bill Walsh is one of them. The man single-handedly created the classic “West Coast” style of offense that resulted in the San Francisco 49ers winning six Western titles and three Super Bowls. This incredible level of success, as well as Walsh’s unprecedented genius in designing very effective, aggressive plays that focused heavily on short passes and gains in that manner are sufficient to rank Walsh as number two on this list.

Walsh built his legacy on the ideology of Gillman, which favored a heavily offensive approach to football tactics that led to innovative plays, tactics, and overall styles that allowed the “West Coast offense” under Walsh to become not only a hallmark of effective football play, but also a decidedly impressive feat to observe. Walsh’s tactics required coordination and trust, and he fostered that in his dealings with his players. His overall record with the 49ers would end at 102-63-1, and a total of twelve professional titles.

3. Don Shula

Don Shula ranks as the third best football coach of all time. Shula set records with his Miami Dolphins team, and his impressive 33 years of coaching including time with the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins. Over the course of his professional coaching career, Shula would win six championship bowls, and would be the first to win three in a row, besting Lombardi’s previous record. Shula worked with Walsh on innovating new passing tactics to make passing a more popular option in professional football. Indeed, Shula was so successful at this that he is still the all-time leader in overall victories, having won 347 games total.

Shula is most famous for his flawless season with the Miami Dolphins, who then went on to win back to back championships. Upon retiring in 1995, Shula would be brought into the Football Hall of Fame in 1997, and is considered one of the most successful coaches of all time.

4. George Halas

The Chicago Bears are a team that cannot be forgotten in the realm of professional football, and their Head Coach George Halas or “Papa Bear” succeeded in creating one of the most successful franchises in football history.

Halas is a man that built for himself a record that went unbeaten until Don Shula broke it in 1993. Halas won 324 total games in his career, a feat that went unbeaten for nearly 30 years until Shula shattered that with 347. Halas, though he never won a championship bowl, nonetheless won repeated NFL Championships, and maintains a record as one of the most successful coaches in history.

Starting with the Bears, Halas started winning championships in 1933 and did not stop for ten years, crushing competition left and right until World War II interrupted his coaching career. By the end of the war, Halas would return to coaching, and would end his career with six championship titles and a shockingly high win percentage that neared seventy percent.

5.Chuck Noll

By the time Chuck Noll took over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969, the team was in complete ruins. It had never won a title, and lacked any sort of cohesion and unified spirit. When Noll left, the Steelers had four Super Bowl rings and numerous other championship titles. In the end, Noll’s legacy is simple. He came, he formed a team built through the draft and that valued a strong defensive line, and kept winning. By the time he retired in 1991, the Steelers had long since established themselves as effectively invincible on the defense.

6.Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick took control of the New England Patriots for the greatest run in football history. Basing his strategy on defense and making sure nothing could break his defense, his Patriots would go one to win three Super Bowls within four years, an achievement unheard of in professional coaching. Currently gearing for the new season, Belichick stands as a living legend for professional football coaches.

7. Tom Landry

Tom Landry found his fame coaching the Dallas Cowboys, a team that he would lead on to win two championship bowls with. For his first title, his Cowboys would crush the Miami Dolphins 24-3, whereas the second game would see a Cowboys victory of 27-10 over the Denver Broncos. Landry is famous for his development of the “flex defense system” that catapulted the Cowboys to the top tier of competitive football play, and his 29 years at the same time is another NFL record.

8. Joe Gibbs

Joe Gibbs  led the Washington Redskins to a three-time victory of championship bowls. The Redskins are notorious for not doing when Gibbs is not the coach, a testament to his ability as a coach and a leader of men. His three Super Bowl victories and his 154 regular season victories put him in the top tier of American football coaches. Aside from his impressive coaching record, Gibbs is famous for starting the “classic Redskin” look; that is, the uniform of the team would always consist of burgundy uniforms over white pants whenever abroad.

9. Bill Parcells

Bill Parcells comes in ninth of the list of the top ten coaches of American football. Having won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants and then another with the New England Patriots, Parcells is remarkable for his high percentage of wins regardless of time or situation. His teams rarely, if ever, have a losing season, and he has a total of 172 career wins. Parcells is famous for having a coached a younger Belichick during his early coaching years.

10. John Madden

John Madden could rank higher on this list, but he has won but a single Super Bowl total in his career. Despite that, Madden has clocked in a record winning percentage of 76.3% and, in ten years of coaching the Oakland Raiders, has never failed to maintain a winning season record. In 1976, Madden won the XI Super Bowl against the Minnesota Vikings, and eventually retired in 1978, following a Raiders failure to make the playoffs. Despite his inglorious end, Madden remains as one of the best coaches in football history, and would go on to lead a massive successful and prosperous career in broadcasting and marketing. His famous Madden football video games are a cultural icon, and Madden’s career in football will go in history as both highly successful and incredibly rewarding. Most impressive of all is his incredible win percentage, which to this day is jaw-dropping.

 

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Bucs Trade for Revis, Eye Super Bowl

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Grantland’s Bill Barnwell takes an interesting look at the trade of superstar CB Darrelle Revis from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who subsequently signed him to a six-year, $96 million contract. On the Tampa side of the equation, the trade immediately makes the Bucs a Super Bowl contender in 2013. While the trade for Revis, who is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last season, is risky, it is also the kind of move that can change the trajectory of a franchise. The Bucs now field a roster as talented as any in the NFL, and should be able to immediately challenge the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South. The Jets had almost no leverage in their standoff with Revis, and were forced to trade their best player before he could leave in free agency next offseason. New York, which gained a 2013 first round pick and a 2014 third rounder, must now rebuild their secondary without the 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year.

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NFL Draft Full of Uncertainty at the Top

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The NFL Draft is less than a month away, and there is still a huge lack of clarity about what is going to happen at the top of the draft. Because there are no franchise quarterbacks in this draft, the teams in the top five have to look to other areas in order to maximize their value. Kansas City earned the ignominious right to the first overall draft pick after posting a 2-14 record in 2012. Quarterback was the Chiefs’ biggest need going into the offseason, but the trade for Alex Smith takes a little bit of the pressure off the front office to take a signal caller early. Left tackles are generally considered safe options in the first round, and either Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel or Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher would be solid options with the No. 1 overall pick. Blaine Gabbert has been a massive failure in his two seasons in Jacksonville, and the Jaguars could look to add a quarterback with the second pick. However, new head coach Gus Bradley may be willing to give Gabbert one more chance to prove himself with the new staff, and Jacksonville has numerous needs up and down the roster. The Jaguars’ pass rush has long been one of the worst in the NFL, and explosive Oregon DE Dion Jordan has risen dramatically up draft boards. Continue reading

Pro Bowlers on Move as FA Continues

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The NFL free agency period is now about a week old, and fans who have had Pro Bowl tickets over the last several seasons should be very familiar with some of the names that have been on the move. The position with the most changes for the top free agents was receiver, as several established stars will be suiting up with different teams in 2013. Mike Wallace was the biggest winner of the FA receivers, inking a five-year, $60 million deal with the Dolphins, who were in desperate need for another playmaker. The most surprising move was Wes Welker, who spurned the Pats to sign with Tom Brady’s longtime nemesis Peyton Manning and the Broncos, while Greg Jennings’ move from the Packers to the Vikings was nearly as shocking. Continue reading

Pats Seek First Super Bowl Win Since 2004

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After falling just 30 minutes short of punching their Super Bowl tickets in 2012, the New England Patriots will look to finish the job this season. With the rest of the AFC East in various stages of rebuilding efforts, New England appears to have a great chance at taking their division again in 2013. The Patriots’ offense was spectacular in 2012, as QB Tom Brady posted another MVP-caliber season, and the running game, led by Stevan Ridley, made a surprising resurgence in Foxborough. The healthy return of superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski in 2013 should be a huge benefit to Brady and the offense. Gronk missed significant time last season with a broken arm, so his health will be at a premium in 2013. In fact, the Patriots could need Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez to be more productive than ever, as Wes Welker is an unrestricted free agent who may explore his options on the open market. While Welker is undeniably a perfect fit in the New England offense, he may try to get the most money possible, as the shifty slot receiver is now on the wrong side of 30. The line could also lose starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer to free agency, making that another position for Pats’ fans to watch this offseason. Continue reading

Melton among Pro Bowl Defenders Hitting Free Agency

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Offensive stars and Pro Bowlers are not the only players that will be cashing in during free agency this year, as a number of key defenders will re-sign with their current clubs or change teams next month. The best defensive player on the open market could be Bears’ defensive tackle Henry Melton. The former college running back blossomed into one of the best pass-rushing DTs in ex-coach Lovie Smith’s Tampa-2 defensive scheme, racking up 15.5 sacks from his interior line position since being drafted in 2010 and earning a Pro Bowl nod this past season. Defensive tackles who can rush the passer like Melton can are extremely rare, making him one of the most valuable commodities in the league, particularly to teams that run a 4-3 defensive front. Continue reading

NFC Wins High Scoring Pro Bowl

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Fans with Pro Bowl tickets were treated to a shootout in Honolulu, as the NFC dominated the AFC, winning by a final margin of 62-35. Five turnovers by the AFC killed their chances of keeping the game close, as the NFC raced out to a 31-14 halftime lead. Vikings’ tight end Kyle Rudolph earned MVP honors after catching five passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.  Seattle’s Russell Wilson also had a great game for the NFC behind center, tossing three touchdown passes in the third quarter to further pad the lead Drew Brees and Eli Manning helped build for him. On the AFC side, Bengals’ WR A.J. Green hauled in three touchdown passes, and LB Derrick Johnson returned an interception 42 yards for a score. Perhaps the best moment of the game came when Packers center Jeff Saturday, who is retiring this offseason, switched sides for a play in order to snap the ball to Broncos’ QB Peyton Manning. Continue reading

Miami Dolphins 2012 Upcoming Schedule

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The Miami Dolphins had a disappointing season in 2011 with an overall record of 6-10.  The team started off the year with seven consecutive losses, with three of them being within three points.  They were able to recover somewhat after that by winning four out of their next five games, but it was not good enough for the ownership of the team, as head coach Tony Sparano was fired. 

In the offseason the Dolphins decided to make some drastic changes to the roster of the team by first team also made two interesting moves in regards to the players.  The first major move involved Brandon Marshall, as he was traded away to the Chicago Bears for two third round draft picks.  Marshall had really underperformed in his time with the Dolphins, but it was still a surprising move nonetheless due to how talented of a receiver he is.  Miami also decided to go in a new direction as far as their quarterback went, selecting Ryan Tannehill as their first round pick (eighth overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft from Texas A&M.  Both of these moves mark an important change in the franchise