By: HCR Staff | August 16, 2019
The NFL head coaching fraternity is exclusive; only 32 people get to occupy the seat. But even within that fraternity, there are significant quality differences; different fraternities within the fraternity, if you will. Some head coaches simply can be counted on to more reliably deliver a quality product than others. This is how we group them (and this is separate and apart from our weekly HCR rankings, which rates game management performance on a game by game basis):
Bill Belichick – Results over a long period of time speaks for itself. Some may have found last year’s Super Bowl boring from a casual fan standpoint, but from a studious fan standpoint, it was a masterful coaching clinic.
Sean Payton – Singlehandedly has created a winning culture in New Orleans against significant odds. When he arrived, he had to contend with the devastation of Katrina, and help educate an owner who was perceived, at the time, to be among the less proficient in the NFL. Fans expect the Saints to win now – it was the opposite prior to Payton’s arrival.
Pete Carroll – Mike Holmgren helped establish Seattle’s potential as an organization, but Carroll has given it the necessary ‘edge’ to its culture. He’s won prolifically in college and the NFL, and now he’s doing it as they turn over their roster. He also will have game management issues, but as a leader, he belongs in this group.
Andy Reid – Yes, he has game management issues at times, and he hasn’t won a Super Bowl, but he is one of the game’s top head coaches. He is a proven winner and perennial contender over a long period of time.
Coming up: Tier 2.