1. Bill Belichick– The resume simply speaks for itself. Five AFC conference championships, five Super Bowl appearances, three Super Bowl titles, three coach of the year awards and 11 division titles. Bill Belichick will go down as the most successful coach of his time. Most head coaches are either offensive or defensive minded guys. He establishes the tone on both sides of the football. He has a career record of 199-105 with the Patriots. You can always expect him to have his football team playing its best football when it truly matters the most. No coach is better at plugging players in the system than Bill Belichick. Let’s not also forget he led the Patriots to a perfect 16-0 mark in 2007, the first head coach to do so. He’s a living legend and he wins which is the most important fact at the end of the day.
2. Jim Harbaugh– When he was hired, many questions were asked about this move. Would a college coach have success in the NFL? Let’s look at what the 49ers have accomplished since he was hired. They’ve been to three straight NFC conference title games since his first season with the team. He’s an offensive minded guy that loves to improve and build up quarterbacks. How could we forget what he did with Alex Smith? Alex had been criticized his whole career. When Jim came to the team, he looked like a much different guy and had the 49ers a game away from the Super Bowl. He brings such an exuberance to the sideline coming from a collegiate atmosphere. He’s a players coach and having player in the NFL, he can relate to his team a great deal. Since he’s been in San Francisco, they have been penciled as a title contender.
3. Pete Carroll– His players definitely take after him and he’s one of the very few to win a National Championship and a Super Bowl. What stands out the most about Pete? His team plays hard on every snap. He wants them to run the ball, control the line of scrimmage, hold onto the ball and play physical defense. The one thing that’s really stood out is he allows his players to simply be themselves. He’s not the type of head coach to be strict about what goes on social media. Just as long as you are ready to play and give your all for the team, that is all as many head coaches want from their players.
4. Sean Payton– He’s learned from one of the best in Bill Parcells and now he’s made a name for himself in our league. Sean is one of the finest offensive minds in the game today. Since he became the Saints head coach in 2006, New Orleans has won three division titles, made two NFC championship game appearances and their offense has been ranked in the top five every season. Sean returned to the sideline last season after a one year suspension for his involvement with “Bountygate” and you saw how much of a difference he made once he was back. His players respect him a great deal and he along with Brees have put New Orleans Saints football back on the map.
5. John Harbaugh– He’s not quite like his brother but he’s accomplished a lot in his first six seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. His first year, he is one game away from the Super Bowl. Every year after that, he won a playoff game and two seasons ago, he led the Ravens to their second Super Bowl title in franchise history. His brother is very animated on the sideline, John is far from that. He displays a very laid-back demeanor of himself and when he speaks, his team listens. He’s bought discipline and more mental toughness to a Ravens team that’s had plenty of it in recent years.