We’ve given credit to some of the best players at their respected positions in the league, now we can talk about the guys who put these players on the field, the head coach. The league has many good head coaches and we have great head coaches. The ones who have their team playing in January somehow and someway. Here are my five best head coaches in the league right now.
1. Bill Belichick– We can almost associate him with the term, genius. Not only is Bill Belichick the best coach in the league right now, he’s also one of the greatest head coaches of all-time as well. His resume is quite impressive. five AFC conference championships, five Super Bowl appearances, three Super Bowl titles, a three-time coach of the year winner (2003, 2007 and 2010), a record of 139-53 in twelve seasons as the Patriots head coach, ten division titles and the first coach to lead his team to a perfect 16-0 record in NFL history. Bill definitely has the resume to be considered as one of the all-time greats. What separates him from other head coaches is his ability to do what’s best for the football team whether it be trading a key player, benching someone or switching someone’s position. He’s a team oriented coach that has his team playing it’s best when it matters.
2. Mike Tomlin– Since he took the job in Pittsburgh, the Steelers have only missed the playoffs twice in Mike’s tenure and they always seem to be either first or second in the AFC North. If Bill Belichick were not coaching anymore, Mike Tomlin would be the league’s best head coach without a question. His players love playing for him and when he speaks, everyone listens. In five seasons with the Steelers, he has a record of 63-33 with three AFC North division titles along with two Super Bowl appearances. In 2009, Mike became the third African American head coach to lead his team to the Super Bowl following Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith and he became the second African-American head coach to win a Super Bowl. He’s a winner and also puts his team in great position to win football games.
3. Tom Coughlin– There have been so many times when we thought Tom was on his last strike as a head coach. He’s proved us wrong twice in four seasons with two Super Bowl titles with the Giants. How does Tom Coughlin do it? The one thing I admire about his coaching style is the discipline he brings to the team. The best football teams are usually the most disciplined teams. He has a meticulous attention for detail. For example, if there is a 3:00 team meeting, you must arrive at 2:55 or you’re considered late. He always leads the Giants to good starts in the season and they will struggle from time to time but he can get his team in the best position to win when it matters and we saw that twice in the Giants Super Bowl seasons. In 2008, he led the Giants to a huge upset victory over the then undefeated Patriots and just in 2012 he lead the Giants to their second Super Bowl title in four seasons. Tom Coughlin brings out the best in his players.
4. John Harbaugh– Since being hired by the Ravens in 2008, John Harbaugh has not only made the playoffs, he’s also won a playoff game every season and that’s a stat that’s extremely impressive. Every coach has their own way or style of coaching. John is extremely laid back and calm on the sidelines and he loves his players. In five seasons as the Ravens head coach, they have either finished in first or second place in the AFC North and he’s lead the Ravens to three AFC championship games and a Super Bowl victory over his brother Jim in Super Bowl XLVII. He has a 9-4 mark in the postseason and 63-30 career record as a head coach.
5. Jim Harbaugh– He takes over as the 49ers head coach in 2011 and has them one game away from the Super Bowl. 2012, he gets them to the Super Bowl. The sky is the limit for Jim Harbaugh. He has put San Francisco 49ers football relevant and back on the map again. In his first season, Jim led the 49ers to their first division title in nine seasons and he led them to a 13-3 mark which gave them the second seed and home field advantage in the NFC playoffs. What makes Jim such a good head coach. He brings an exuberance to the sideline and he can relate to his players very well considering the fact he was a former player himself in the 1990s. Jim will be on this list for years to come and will have the 49ers in the playoffs year in and year out.