The table shows the current coaches and their records for each National Football League (NFL) team. The longest tenured head coach on his current team is Bill Belichick, who has been with the New England Patriots since the 2000 NFL season. Belichick also has the most wins among active coaches, as well as most Super Bowl appearances (9) and Super Bowl wins (6) as head coach. Other active head coaches to have won a Super Bowl are Mike Tomlin, John Harbaugh, Pete Carroll, Mike McCarthy, Sean Payton, Doug Pederson, Andy Reid, and Sean McVay.
NFL Head Coach is a National Football League video game that was released on June 20, 2006 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC. The game allows the player to control an NFL team and become the greatest coach in NFL history. It features then-Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher on the cover.
The concept behind the game puts the player in the position of a head coach for a National Football League franchise, similar to FIFA Manager where the player takes control of the head coach of a football team. The player will make roster moves, create playbooks, and hire and fire assistant coaches. Success is measured by wins, playoff success, how well the player does in the NFL Draft, and the careers of assistant coaches. The game also has ESPN integration, such as Mel Kiper, Jr. hosting the NFL Draft, Trey Wingo for the game's first few cutscenes and cutscenes featuring Steve Sabol as the player move through the ranks as a head coach.
The game consists of all 32 teams from the 2005 NFL season with all 31 stadiums. Unlike NFL Head Coach 09, however, Aloha Stadium is not in NFL Head Coach.New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, as well as Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells, are not in the game due to liscensing issues.
Ranking NFL head coaches from an analytics perspective is a Sisyphean task for one simple reason: It's easy to win games with good players. Barring a calamity or an incredibly poor surrounding roster, most competent NFL coaches would still manage to be competitive for a playoff spot with Patrick Mahomes as their starting quarterback.
The coaches are the random effect, giving us an estimate for their contribution to points scored or allowed. We can then use Pythagorean wins to estimate how many games the coach would win with an average team, defined as a team scoring and allowing 348 points in a season. This was the average mark for all teams between the 2017-2021 seasons.
NOTE: This ranking does not consider results from prior to 2011 and does not include first-time head coaches, since success as a coordinator does not necessarily translate to success as a head coach. Thus, Josh McDaniels, Brian Daboll, Matt Eberflus, Nathaniel Hackett, Mike McDaniel and Kevin O'Connell are not included.
These coaches are set to one day admire their busts in Canton. All have enjoyed success for at least a decade, won at least one Super Bowl and played in multiple conference championships. There is room for debate as to their exact ordering and the exact approximations of their effects, but their accomplishments and longevity speak for themselves.
Many of these coaches are either rising stars or have had comfortable amounts of success in their careers at the helm. In any given year, the teams they coach will likely be in the playoffs, although they generally either struggle on one side of the ball or simply haven't sustained their success over time.
If this list were to consider how well a coach manages a team off the gridiron, Tomlin would undoubtedly be in the top tier. His defenses have been consistently strong, but he suffers in these rankings due to having one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL throughout his head coach tenure lead his offense without consistently elite results.
Some of these coaches have seen their fair share of postseason success, and Doug Pederson has won a Super Bowl. Despite this, they can still falter and fail to see above-average results on either side of the ball, which eventually shows up in the win column. This group is also saturated with early-tenure coaches who have a wide range of outcomes looking into the future.
With a single exception, these coaches have not enjoyed much success in their careers. Most of these coaches are very early in their careers, though, and do have time to turn it around. Regardless, for the most part, they have struggled immensely on at least one side of the ball.
While Campbell is just one season into his head coaching tenure with a roster lacking talent, it is difficult to have an optimistic view of his performance. It is worth noting that quarterback Jared Goff underperforming relative to his contract may be depressing Campbell's offensive results.
I have studied diversity and inclusion in sport for more than two decades, including the ways in which race and gender intersect to affect leadership opportunities for women and men. My research shows that biased decision-making, organizational cultures that value similarity, and societal forms of bias and discrimination are all to blame for the lack of diversity among NFL head coaches.
The dismal numbers are nothing new. In 1989, Art Shell became the first Black head coach of an NFL team in the modern era. But his hiring did not break down the barriers other minority coaches face in the NFL.
Seeking to address its diversity problem, the NFL adopted the Rooney Rule in 2003, requiring teams to interview at least two minority candidates for their head coach openings. In 2021, the league expanded the rule to include general managers and offensive and defensive coordinators.
The policy had positive short-term effects, as the league saw an increase in Black and Latino coaches. The gains have since diminished, though, and the number of Black head coaches at the start of the 2021 season, three, was the same as in 2003.
The types of positions Black coaches have access to also matters. Offensive and defensive coordinators are frequently in line for head coaching opportunities. But research at the NFL and NCAA levels reliably shows that white coaches are overrepresented in these coveted coordinator positions.
These examples show that leaders clearly make a difference. A study of the Las Vegas Raiders further illustrates the point. Under former general manager Reggie McKenzie, who is Black, the Raiders had the highest share of Black players in the league, at 79.2%. In 2016, when McKenzie won NFL executive of the year, the Raiders also had the highest share of Black coaches, at 82.3%.
Following the 2018 season, the Raiders fired McKenzie and brought in a white head coach, Jon Gruden, and a white general manager, Mike Mayock. The percentage of Black players has decreased every year since. In 2021, in one of the most damaging blows to the NFL in recent memory, Gruden resigned after it was discovered that he made racist and homophobic comments after an analysis of thousands of emails sent to NFL executives and others. Mayock was fired after the season, too. At the same time, the percentage of Black players on the Raiders roster dropped to 67.2%.
As the National Football League faces a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in hiring, a new study by Kennesaw State University researchers has examined the role that race plays in the hiring of NFL coaches, finding significant evidence that Black assistant coaches are less likely to be selected for top jobs.
Their findings are most notable since 2018, showing evidence that Black coordinators have been less likely to become head coaches, regardless of whether they ever played in the NFL. Their research also reveals several other race-related reasons for the lack of head coaching opportunities for Black coaches in the NFL.
Being a head coach in the NFL might seem like a dream come true, but this job is one of the most thankless in sports. For coaches at this level, winning and most importantly winning now is the only way to hold on to your position. Success in the NFL is often attributed to the great players on the team, while failures are almost always linked to the head coach. What history has shown is that a great coach might not get you a Super Bowl win every season, but they can most certainly establish a culture within a franchise that allows a team to compete at a high level for a very long time.
As for the other 18 franchises whose season is finished, well, some of those owners already are in the midst of head-coaching searches, and others might soon be. Yet some of those owners also are smiling because of the progress their teams made in 2022.
Our data confirms prior research that found NFL offensive coordinators are the most frequent former positions of hired head coaches, followed in order by NFL defensive coordinators, NFL head coaches (of other clubs), college head coaches, and other positions.
Since 2009, nearly 40% of head coaches hired were former offensive coordinators, and at least 77% of those offensive coordinators each season were white. Another 29% of the head coaches hired had previous head coaching experience.
There is a large discrepancy between numbers of white coaches and coaches of color, and offensive coordinator is the most common path to head coach. In the decade we covered, 91% of offensive coordinator hires were white. These tables dig deeper to look at position just prior to being hired as head coach for white coaches and coaches of color, between 2009 and 2019.
Playing experience is another relevant factor in hiring coaches. Below, we show the previous football playing experience of NFL head coaches. All coaches of color (12) or 100% had previous playing experience at the college or professional level, and 46% played in the NFL. Among white coaches (44), 91% played at the college or professional level, and 32% played in the NFL or in some other professional league.
As a trend, clubs hiring younger head coaches, but newly hired coaches of color were older on average (51.4 vs. 48.4), and the majority of coaches under 40 were former offensive coordinators and white. 781b155fdc