Top 10 Coaches in the NFL – Best Coaches in the NFL in 2012

Last Updated: September 8th, 2012 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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Tom Coughlin GiantsAs a part of our countdown to the 2012 NFL schedule, we here at Bankroll Sports are making our Top 10 list for the best head coaches in all of football. Join us as we break down the men that issue that X’s and O’s on a weekly basis on the sidelines of your favorite pro football teams!

1: Bill Belichick, New England Patriots: How can we argue with “The Hoodie?” He has won at least nine games in 11 consecutive seasons with the Patriots, winning three Super Bowls and getting to two more. He came up just short of becoming the first coach to lead his team to a 19-0 mark, and he has a whopping 17 career victories in his postseason career. There’s no doubt that those terms are all good enough to make Belichick the top coach in our countdown of the Top 10 head coaches in the NFL.

2: Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers: Okay, maybe we should be giving Harbaugh a bit more time before calling him one of the best head coaches in the NFL, but we love what he did with the Niners last year. This was a man that pushed all of the right buttons at Stanford to take the Cardinal from a team that was a doormat in the Pac-12 to the verge of a National Championship, and now in just one year, he took the 49ers from a team that had a lot of talent but was never able to put it together to a team that was a play or two away from the Super Bowl. If Harbaugh isn’t the second best coach in the league right now, the argument could be made that he is right there in the discussion.

3: John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens: Oh, the sibling rivalry… This Harbaugh has had his Ravens in the playoffs just about every season since taking over, and that’s quite the task in the AFC North, where the games are brutal, and the competition is always fierce. QB Joe Flacco isn’t all that special of a quarterback, and to be able to win games with him as the quarterback of the team speaks volumes to what Harbaugh has been able to do with this team.

4: Tom Coughlin, New York Giants: We know that Coughlin isn’t liked amongst all of his players, but he has a pair of Super Bowl rings now, and that can’t go overlooked. Every time it seems like the G-Men are down and out of it, Coughlin figures out some way to get their heads to get back in the game, and the runs that these two Super Bowl teams have been able to go on have been epic. Remember that Coughlin not only beat the 18-0 Patriots, but he also beat the 15-1 Packers en route to his two rings. That has to put him in the Top 5 of our head coaches list.

5: Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers: McCarthy inherited a team on the rise and took it to prominence, winning the Super Bowl virtually right away. He was smart enough to surround himself with great assistants, and it is a real testament to his work that Joe Philbin is now with the Miami Dolphins and Dom Capers is considered one of the top candidates for a head coaching job for 2013. Again, this is a man with a Super Bowl ring, and there aren’t many out there that can say that.

6: John Fox, Denver Broncos: Any man that can figure out how to win a playoff game with QB Tim Tebow under center is a great coach in our eyes. Remember that this is also the man that brought the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl with Jake Delhomme under center. Fox is one of the brightest coaches in the game, and he was smart enough to take a pass happy team and make it a running club with the triple option quickly last year when the ship was sinking. Now, he has a new quarterback in Peyton Manning, and he has been able to make yet another philosophical shift. Fox is probably the most underrated coach in the NFL.

7: Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers: Tomlin probably isn’t the greatest coach in the world, but what he definitely is, is a smart man. He kept his offensive philosophies intact at the beginning of his coaching tenure, taking over for the departed Bill Cowher, and he also retained DC Dick LeBeau. His next bright move? Getting rid of former OC Bruce Arians and replacing him with new OC Todd Haley. We really like what Tomlin has built here in Pittsburgh, and though the Steelers’ window of opportunity might be closing, there is no doubting that Tomlin is one of the Top 10 coaches in the NFL.

8: Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles: Reid might have never brought a Super Bowl to the City of Brotherly Love, and he very well could be fired at the end of this season, but we still think that he is valuable enough to be called one of the Top 10 coaches in the NFL. He has won at least 10 games eight times in 12 seasons, and he has been to the playoffs in nine of the 12 campaigns, going 10-9 in that stretch. Not everyone can win a Super Bowl, and of the coaches that haven’t that have been in this game for a long time, Reid is probably the best of the bunch.

9: Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams: Fisher put together a lot of mediocre seasons with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans, but he also took a team that didn’t have much in the way of resources and turned it into a contender quite often. There is a reason that Fisher was one of the most highly sought after coaches in the league in the offseason, and it will show in due time in St. Louis.

10: Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers: It’s true that Rivera is just a 6-10 lifetime head coach, but he turned a god awful club into one of respectability last year. Now, the longtime assistant has a team that could make the playoffs behind the growing QB Cam Newton. There’s something brewing in Carolina, and whatever comes of it, we have to remember that it is Rivera that is behind it.

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