Top 10 coaches of the decade

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As the decade comes to a close, we’re creating some Top 10 lists for 2010 to 2019. Up first, our Top 10 coaches.

1. Bill Belichick: The easiest choice on the board, Belichick has dominated the decade like no other coach since, well, since Belichick dominated the last decade. He’s the only active coach selected for the NFL’s 100th season All-Time Team, arguably the best coach ever and obviously the best coach of this decade and this century.

2. Pete Carroll: At the start of this decade, he was the newly hired coach from USC whom many doubted could cut it at the professional level. He won one Super Bowl in this decade, nearly won another, and has made the Seahawks consistent winners.

3. John Harbaugh: Won the Super Bowl with the Ravens heading into 2013, has the Ravens on top this year, and has shown an impressive ability to change his approach as needed with changing personnel.

4. Sean Payton: Started the decade by winning the Super Bowl on in February of 2010 and has won for most of the decade, although he did miss the playoff for three straight years and get suspended for another season over Bountygate. Has the Saints in prime position to go on another run heading into this year’s playoffs.

5. Andy Reid: Began the decade by winning the NFC East with the 2010 Eagles and has now been to the playoffs six times with the Chiefs. What still eludes Reid and keeps him from climbing higher on this list is a Super Bowl ring.

6. Mike Tomlin: Reached the Super Bowl in the first season of this decade and has kept the Steelers in contention throughout. The 2019 season may be his most impressive coaching performance to date, holding an injury-plagued team together and staying in playoff contention with a third-string undrafted rookie quarterback.

7. Ron Rivera: It may seem strange to put Rivera on this list just weeks after he was fired, but he twice won the NFL’s Coach of the Year Award in this decade, and got the Panthers to a Super Bowl.

8. Bruce Arians: It’s been quite a decade for Arians, who started it as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator, briefly “retired” (actually got fired), became offensive coordinator of the Colts and ended up winning Coach of the Year for his work as their interim coach during Chuck Pagano’s illness, went to Arizona and won another Coach of the Year, “retired” again and is now coach of the Buccaneers.

9. Mike McCarthy: McCarthy won the Super Bowl after the first season of this decade and although he never reached those heights again in Green Bay, he did make the playoffs seven times in the decade.

10. Doug Pederson: Only has four seasons of experience as a head coach, but did one of the great coaching jobs ever in winning a Super Bowl in 2017 despite losing Carson Wentz. Also helped usher in a new era of football strategy through his reliance on analytics, which informed his decision to be the league’s most aggressive fourth-down coach in that Super Bowl winning season.

112 responses to “Top 10 coaches of the decade

  1. Tomlin has highest winning record of everyone after Belicek. Tomlin has no losing seasons in the decade. Only Belicek masered that. Tomlin won one superbowl and appeared on one other. Belicek beat that. Carrol tied it.

    Yet he is sixth with the also rans. Something is very messed up. The facts matter.

  2. Robert Kraft hired #2 followed by #1. First he hired Bill Parcells. I’d say Kraft knows how to hire coaches. He’s hired Parcells, Carroll and Belichick. Impressive.

  3. Marvin Lewis deserves honorable mention. Going 0-7 in the playoffs with the Bengals is like winning 7 Superbowls.

  4. Pretty weak list after BB….Many of those names won’t even make the HOF, for example.

    Most all over overrated in some capacity, which I think speaks volumes at how poor the head coaching quality is in general, compared to other decades.

    I see slew of coaches who get a lot of awkward praise for underachieving and being mediocre coaching a well run franchise.

  5. The presence of Peterson really makes it tough to take this list seriously. If winning a superbowl is all it takes to be on the list, you’re missing a couple of guys. Why not add Coughlin, his coaching job in 2012 featured a much more uphill battle than Peterson’s in 2017. John Fox could be argued to have done a better coaching job this decade than Peterson and it isn’t that hard to make the case. (Total wins?) (Division titles?)

  6. Glad to see you giving kudos to Harbaugh. I think his position on your list is well deserved. Look for lots of push back from people who think Payton, Reid and Tomlin should be higher.

  7. Interesting Peyton is so far ahead of McCarthy.

    Essentially the same exact NFL history. Top 5 QBs, one Superbowl win, lots of play off appearances, couple years missed etc.

    I’m no super fan of McCarthy but he always seems to take a back seat to a guy like Peyton who has NOT done anything materially better.

  8. For fans who want to change their head coach everytime the wind blows there aren’t many “great coaches” out there. Most of these coaches have spent time being villified by their own fans or by others for poor choices they made or things that went wrong that were out of their control. If the Philly special is incomplete and Foles is concussed on the play Pederson doesn’t make the list. If the Seahawks didn’t find third round gold in Russel Wilson Pete Carrol is not on this list. Most of these coaches have their success tied to a Pro Bowl/HOF QB

  9. It’s a top ten, but it’s really BB in spots 1-9 with a bunch of other guys tied for 10th. The gap from 1-2 is pretty enormous- and that’s not a knock on Carroll.

  10. How can you put Belichick in here when he’s been caught cheating multiple times anyone can be a good coach if you know what the other team is doing

  11. Unprofessional Development says:
    December 23, 2019 at 9:28 am
    If the Philly special is incomplete and Foles is concussed on the play Pederson doesn’t make the list. If the Seahawks didn’t find third round gold in Russel Wilson Pete Carrol is not on this list.
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    IF Mr. Belichick doesn’t find 6th round gold with Mr. Brady, he might not be on this list. Life has lots of “ifs.” In fact, where would life be without “if?”

  12. Sure, it’s fun to hate on Mike McCarthy, but I think this year under LaFlauer proves that Rodgers decline (and yes, he is in statistical decline. Amazing QB, but no longer a world beater like he was 2010-2014) was 1 part McCarthy getting stale, and 1 part Aaron Rodgers deciding he wants to run around like Fran Tarkenton for 12 seconds in the backfield for the ‘big play’ to open up on every single snap.

    He’s easily more accomplished than Ron Rivera and Bruce Arians, and has the same number of SB rings as Sean Payton, and no one gets on him for how many times they puttered to a .500 record and missed out on the playoffs.

  13. When I think of greatest coaches or greatest teams, I think of Super Bowl wins.

    After all, that’s what every team and players goal is.

  14. Where’s the Clapper on the list. Didn’t Jerruh say if he got rid of him 19 other teams would come calling?

  15. SO THAT ENTRY AT NUMBER 9…
    ARE WE SERIOUS HERE? HE SHOWED ZERO ADAPTABILITY AND WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE TEH MOST GIFTED QB PRIOR TO MAHOMES AND LAMAR JACKSON ON HIS TEAM. GB WON DESPITE MCCARTHY, NOT DUE TO HIS PROWESS. WHY DON’T WE JUST PUT JOHN FOX (PRETTY, PRETTY… GOOD) ON HERE TOO? NOW THAT I TYPE THAT OUT, HE PROBABLY IS A GOOD STRAIGHT SWAP AT 9.
    CARROLL AND HARBAUGH SEEM A BIT HIGH, REID A BIT LOW.

  16. McCarthy and Pederson are out of their depths on this list. Any team that makes the mistake of buying what the media is helping McCarthy sell will regret it.

  17. “For fans who want to change their head coach everytime the wind blows there aren’t many ‘great coaches’ out there.”

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    Exactly! I live in Pennsylvania and I used to go nuts hearing Eagles fans complain about Andy Reid.

    I’d be like, dude, this is the best, winningest coach your team has ever had, how can you think he’s bad? And they’d be like, yeah, but he blew a replay challenge.

    Fans forget what bad actually looks like!

  18. factoidsoflife says:
    December 23, 2019 at 9:33 am
    How can you put Belichick in here…
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    Because BB is the Greatest Head Coach and GM of All-time.

    Because if BB became a free-agent, so to speak, tomorrow, fans of at least 28 other teams in the NFL, and that is a conservative estimate, would be screaming for their owner to hire him as their team’s GM and Head Coach, and to give him a piece of the ownership equity as a lure.

  19. factoidsoflife says:
    December 23, 2019 at 9:33 am
    How can you put Belichick in here when he’s been caught cheating multiple times anyone can be a good coach if you know what the other team is doing

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    Get the facts and please educate yourself on the rules of the league. NE has never cheated.

    This has been factually proven numerous times, regardless of how bad you want to believe Cheater Goodell.

    The only reason why BB hasn’t exposed Goodell’s cheating attempts is because he’d like to actually be allowed into the HOF one day.

    Goodell will NOT be allowed into the HOF after being caught lying 3 times (that we know of), under oath in US federal courts.

    We’re not going to bring these facts up again. Get a book, read it, and sharpen those comprehension skills.

    We have the Ravens cheating up a storm with headsets on the defense all over the field,, 360 degree filming in the stadium which shows the opponents sidelines, and now we have word that some guy is standing behind Whinebaugh in Ravens gear with a bluetooth ear piece in his ear.

    This is clearly worth an “investigation” to see if Whinebaugh may turn into an official “Cheatbaugh”.

  20. I’m in agreement with Marvin Lewis as honorable mention. People think of Lewis as merely above average, but you have to consider that merely above average just might be the ceiling in an organization that’s run the way the Bengals are run and in that case Lewis hit the ceiling year after year. They’re not doing so hot without him, after all.

  21. factoidsoflife says:
    December 23, 2019 at 9:33 am
    How can you put Belichick in here when he’s been caught cheating multiple times anyone can be a good coach if you know what the other team is doing.😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  22. tavisteelersfan says:
    December 23, 2019 at 9:06 am
    Tomlin has highest winning record of everyone after Belicek. Tomlin has no losing seasons in the decade. Only Belicek masered that. Tomlin won one superbowl and appeared on one other. Belicek beat that. Carrol tied it.

    Yet he is sixth with the also rans. Something is very messed up. The facts matter.
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    Stop your bellyaching. There’s no also rans on a top 10 coaches of the decade list. No need to insult otherd cause you’re in your feelings.

  23. Andrew Teal says:
    Interesting Peyton is so far ahead of McCarthy.

    Essentially the same exact NFL history. Top 5 QBs, one Superbowl win, lots of play off appearances, couple years missed etc.

    I’m no super fan of McCarthy but he always seems to take a back seat to a guy like Peyton who has NOT done anything materially better.

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    Exactly!

  24. McCarthy is way to low on this list. He had his team in the playoffs for most of the decade, had a better run then Payton and more success then Reid, Rivera and Arians. Shows again how people are to caught up in the moment and don’t see anything past last week.

  25. I guess I was spoiled growing up. In the mid 1980’s, we had Noll, Walsh, Gibbs, Shula, Landry, and Parcells all coaching at the same time. Reeves and Shottenheimer both won a lot of games. Granted, not all of them were in their prime at that time, but nonetheless, it could be considered a golden era of coaches. Belichick’s future success was largely forged in that context.

  26. Quick how many coaches won the Super Bowl in their second season??? Anyone? Anyone?
    Good now how many did with their second string QB??? Anyone? Anyone?
    How many coaches have inspired so many copycats after their second year in the game?
    How many coaches made the playoffs in three out of their four first years?
    How many coaches had a a 4-1 playoff record in their first three years?
    Remember * won one playoff game, had one winning season and zero division titles before he was fired from the Browns.
    He did all this in the playoffs with a QB who was benched for a 6th round rookie in Jacksonville.
    He only been a head coach four years in the NFL but he absolutely belongs on this list.
    I find it interesting that the haters aren’t naming who should be in his place.

    Finally, he out-coached the great * in the Super Bowl something the * fanboys swore was impossible!

  27. I’m an Eagles fan and my eyebrows go up at the inclusion of Doug on an all-decade list of coaches. It’s either pure comment bait or a sad state of affairs of the NFL’s coaching elite. I’m a big Doug fan, but the limited body of work doesn’t necessarily earn him the honor.

  28. 1. Bill Bellicheck (caught cheating)
    2. Pete Carroll

    Here, fixed it for you.

  29. tylawspick6 says:
    December 23, 2019 at 9:59 am
    factoidsoflife says:
    December 23, 2019 at 9:33 am
    How can you put Belichick in here when he’s been caught cheating multiple times anyone can be a good coach if you know what the other team is doing

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    Get the facts and please educate yourself on the rules of the league. NE has never cheated.

    This has been factually proven numerous times, regardless of how bad you want to believe Cheater Goodell.
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    Although you NE Fans like to pretend that the cheater has been absolved, that just isnt the truth. Hoodie has been caught numerous times along with “the GOAT” and both have been disciplined. Cant change the truth and you cant un ring the bell….

  30. Why does Bill not get the Barry Bonds/AROD treatment? The guy has been caught cheating many times and everyone pretends it didn’t happen? Not saying he isn’t a good coach, but he straight up cheated in super bowl winning seasons..

  31. Belicheat isn’t even top 10 much less #1. The guy has been caught cheating at every.level.of.the.game over, and over, and over again. His “wins” are equivalent to “winning” WWE matches, his *Lombardi’s as legitimate as the WWE Title. Zero legitimacy, zero legitimate *Super bowls without cheating. Not #1, not top 10 or even top 20. Time to stop sweeping rampant rulebreaking and cheating under the rug.

  32. hankster1019 says:
    December 23, 2019 at 10:28 am
    I guess I was spoiled growing up. In the mid 1980’s, we had Noll, Walsh, Gibbs, Shula, Landry, and Parcells all coaching at the same time. Reeves and Shottenheimer both won a lot of games. Granted, not all of them were in their prime at that time, but nonetheless, it could be considered a golden era of coaches. Belichick’s future success was largely forged in that context.

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    Well, the other thing is the Salary Cap itself. It’s weakened the potential quality and consistency of head coaches due to greedy, dumb owners who think hiring and firing every 2 years is a good approach.

    And, then, you have the teams that probably stay too long with mediocre coaches in fear of it being WORSE.

    Hence, the Marvin Lewis, Lovie Smith, etc, types who have no business having that kind of leeway for being so mediocre.

    I think this is why the pool comes off weaker from yesteryear. That, and a sense of entitlement from the coaches that trickles down, too.

    I mean, Sean Payton and Pete Carroll come to mind. Both good coaches, but overrated, too.

    They’ve only won one SB and each has likely HOF QBs.

    Tomlin is another. HArbaugh, another. Lots of self promotion and hype, but disappointing yields.

  33. tavisteelersfan says:
    December 23, 2019 at 9:06 am
    Tomlin has highest winning record of everyone after Belicek. Tomlin has no losing seasons in the decade. Only Belicek masered that. Tomlin won one superbowl and appeared on one other. Belicek beat that. Carrol tied it.

    Yet he is sixth with the also rans. Something is very messed up. The facts matter.
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    Since facts do matter, it’s worth pointing out the ranking involves the past decade and Tomlin’s SB win was in 2009.

  34. Tomlin should be 4. The Steelers were consistent winners throughout the decade. That doesn’t happen without great coaching. Actually their whole front office must be very good too.

  35. whoever said Jim Harbaugh is a top coach is so out of touch. Diehard Michigan fan and Im still waiting for him to beat Ohio State. Theres a reason why OSU has top NFL talent every year and is a perennial championship contender while Michigan is overrated by the media constantly and hasnt had a decent quarterback in forever

  36. These comments (and comments of all articles really) highlight the fact that there are really two types of NFL fans… those who root for their team but also appreciate greatness… and those who are just salty losers who can’t take it if someone else is better than the team they root for.

  37. The only pick I would quarrel with is Arians, though I would reorder the list (put Payton at #2). All of the other choices have either made it to the conference championship game or the Super Bowl. Arians has done neither, and his continued support for Jameis (The Human Turnover) Winston is further evidence of his poor evaluation skills. I would replace Arians with Dan Quinn. At least Quinn made it to the Super Bowl.

  38. Pederson doing same thing as Tomlin this year, making chicken salad out of chicken s#%!. Three years – Super Bowl, NFC conf semis and likely playoffs again.

  39. tylawspick6 says:
    December 23, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Get the facts and please educate yourself on the rules of the league. NE has never cheated.
    This has been factually proven numerous times, regardless of how bad you want to believe Cheater Goodell.
    The only reason why BB hasn’t exposed Goodell’s cheating attempts is because he’d like to actually be allowed into the HOF one day.
    Goodell will NOT be allowed into the HOF after being caught lying 3 times (that we know of), under oath in US federal courts.
    We’re not going to bring these facts up again. Get a book, read it, and sharpen those comprehension skills.
    We have the Ravens cheating up a storm with headsets on the defense all over the field,, 360 degree filming in the stadium which shows the opponents sidelines, and now we have word that some guy is standing behind Whinebaugh in Ravens gear with a bluetooth ear piece in his ear.
    This is clearly worth an “investigation” to see if Whinebaugh may turn into an official “Cheatbaugh”.

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    The one drawback with facts are……..you know, that they need to be factual.

  40. Last ten years includes 2009. Fact.

    The list author is intent on awarding points to future success ala Harbaugh and Reid.

  41. Kraft did not hire Parcells. That was the short term owner James Orthwein (92-94) – he wanted to move Pats to St Louis (heir to the Anheiser/Busch fortune) but Kraft owned Foxboro Stadium and wouldn’t let him out of stadium lease. Kraft knew he didn’t want the team if he couldn’t move to StL, so Orthwein sold to Kraft – apparently pocketed about $70m+ for his troubles in two years.

  42. I mean, Sean Payton and Pete Carroll come to mind. Both good coaches, but overrated, too.

    If they aren’t a Patriot you always say they are over rated. Never has anyone posted more and said so much with so little facts but load with just plain homeristic BS. I bet NE fans are very proud of you……..LOL

  43. For all the Belichick haters who claim that he has been “caught cheating multiple times”, please list the confirmed instances of cheating. We’ll wait.

    “Spygate”? They filmed 25 feet away from where they should have been filming. The coach who reported him (Mangini) is on record as saying that they gained NO advantage from this action, and that he wished that he had never reported it.

    “Deflategate”? After spending millions of dollars for the Wells Report [nice racket there] the only thing that they proved was that they COULD NOT PROVE that the balls were deflated. [It was the cold, duh]. Brady was fined for “non-cooperation”: destroying his phone, something actually irrelevant to the case. Belichick was never implicated in anything in this bogus case.

    So that leaves what? There are NO wins on his record that can be ascribed to cheating. Please tell us about the cheating of which you speak.

    Otherwise please be quiet. Thx.

  44. tylawspick6 says:
    December 23, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Tomlin is another. HArbaugh, another. Lots of self promotion and hype, but disappointing yields.

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    Saying Tomlin and Harbaugh are overrated because of “self promotion” is like saying Belichick shouldn’t be included because of cheating.

    You go nuts when people say ridiculous garbage about BB because you’re Pats Fanbaby Supreme, but then turn around and make similarly ridiculous comments about other coaches. I can see people criticizing Tomlin for some of his vague Tomlin-ism cliches, but he doesn’t self promote. I don’t seed Harbaugh doing it, either.

    The “hype” comment’s also a joke. I can’t think of another coach who’s been as successful as Tomlin who’s criticized as much as he is. If you want to call that hype, you have a strange way of defining the term.

  45. I might add, Tomlin achieved this in the AFC North.

    With the Ravens in the two or three times annual Black & Blue Bowl. This division in that time frame sent three teams to the playoffs in a single year twice.

    Over a decade, no other division was as tough.

    Year in year out, Steelers would come into the playoffs facing AFC teams like New England and Indy etc. that had byes because they were AFC Champs. Hard not to be with six gimmees a year.

  46. tavisteelersfan says:
    December 23, 2019 at 9:06 am
    Tomlin has highest winning record of everyone after Belicek. Tomlin has no losing seasons in the decade. Only Belicek masered that. Tomlin won one superbowl and appeared on one other. Belicek beat that. Carrol tied it.

    Yet he is sixth with the also rans. Something is very messed up. The facts matter.

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    the facts are that many people feel that given the amount of talent that tomlin has had to work with, he has underachieved. the fact is the steelers should have won more this decade and tomlin being out coached many times is the reason they havent.

  47. and please with the division thing. the steelers have had the browns and bengals in their division every year. and the up and down flacco ravens which they beat consistently. excuses excuses.

  48. Pretty sure McDermott needs to be in the honorable mention. He’s better than sone coaches who have won Super Bowls but it’s been 3 years. Not enough time. Not sure Pederson has been around long enough. Sure they won but for the most part this year, they haven’t been very good . They will win a division nobody wants to win

  49. venomraider says:
    December 23, 2019 at 10:50 am
    Belicheat isn’t even top 10 much less #1. The guy has been caught cheating at every.level.of.the.game over, and over, and over again. His “wins” are equivalent to “winning” WWE matches, his *Lombardi’s as legitimate as the WWE Title. Zero legitimacy, zero legitimate *Super bowls without cheating. Not #1, not top 10 or even top 20. Time to stop sweeping rampant rulebreaking and cheating under the rug.

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    the raiders had the actual sign in their hallways that said if you arent cheating you arent trying. tons of hof coaches have said they themselves had tried to get every advantage they could including using cameras and attempting to steal signs. so get off your high horse.

  50. embolomere says:
    December 23, 2019 at 11:33 am
    For all the Belichick haters who claim that he has been “caught cheating multiple times”, please list the confirmed instances of cheating. We’ll wait.

    “Spygate”? They filmed 25 feet away from where they should have been filming. The coach who reported him (Mangini) is on record as saying that they gained NO advantage from this action, and that he wished that he had never reported it.

    “Deflategate”? After spending millions of dollars for the Wells Report [nice racket there] the only thing that they proved was that they COULD NOT PROVE that the balls were deflated. [It was the cold, duh]. Brady was fined for “non-cooperation”: destroying his phone, something actually irrelevant to the case. Belichick was never implicated in anything in this bogus case.

    So that leaves what? There are NO wins on his record that can be ascribed to cheating. Please tell us about the cheating of which you speak.

    Otherwise please be quiet. Thx.

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    Yep.

    They’ll never accept Goodell and the owners are the one who are the cheaters due to NE forming a dynasty being in the cap era.

    This is why Tagliabue, who was doing a great job was removed. It all makes sense. Woody Johnson overpaid for Mangini who was not ready to be a head coach at all, he was ordered to steal 50% of BB’s staff in the division and then they changed how they wanted to video scouting rule that Tagliabue sat over, along with Rozelle, since the 1970 merger.

    This is why all the FORMER NFL coaches on record, sided with BB, not Goodell. Even Shula sided with BB when he first heard of the supposed violation. A recently retired Cowher didn’t recently side with BB by accident. It’s because he thought the rule change was obviously trying to target NE, a team that was so good with their operations of everything in the organization.

    I mean, this is the story. The media continues to ignore this as the story. Goodell is the cheater. The owners that meet to collude to tell Goodell to find ways to cheat NE, IS THE STORY.

    They knew BB and Brady would be around for years and years and it would hurt the league’s growth potential if they kept succeeding making a mockery of the Cap and parity.

    And, you know what? The owners were correct. NE’s success has slowed growth based on their expectations. Look at the Chargers threatening to move to LA. Look at Buffalo with no new stadium. The league has lost the intended/projected revenue in this CBA and has lost ratings as well. They’ve never had a dip in ratings before. In a nutshell, NE’s sustained greatness has hurt the league.

    NE probably would have won SB 42 and SB 46, and maybe SB 52 if picks weren’t stolen.

    Look how close those losses were.

    Players admitted in SB 42 they were distracted about the Walkthrough tape lie and then NE’s 1st rd pick would have looked nice on D in SB 46 vs the Giants.

    Throw in the 2017 draft pick heist over the Brady framejob.

    It’s so obvious what they’ve tried to do.

  51. I have no problem with this list. Steelers fans can complain about Tomlin, but 31 other markets think that while he wins, he’s generally a buffoon who manages the worst locker room in the league year in and year out, so 6th seems about right. I questioned the Ron Rivera thing, but it’s not terrible.

  52. How do you know coaching is in bad shape in the NFL?
    Well, when Tomlin is #6 and Rivera is #7, that’s how.

    The top 5? Yeah, ok, they are good to very good, worth the notice.
    But the rest are not.

  53. I will never understand why the Browns didn’t interview Bruce Arians last year. He publicly announced he wanted the Browns job. John Dorsey ignored him – same old Browns.

  54. tavisteelersfan says:
    December 23, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Tomlin has highest winning record of everyone after Belicek. Tomlin has no losing seasons in the decade. Only Belicek masered that. Tomlin won one superbowl and appeared on one other. Belicek beat that. Carrol tied it.

    Yet he is sixth with the also rans. Something is very messed up. The facts matter.

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    I live In Pittsburgh, Tomlin is a joke. Every time I cross the Smithfield St. bridge I see how Tomlin has left Heinz Field empty in January. He has 3 playoff wins since their loss Super Bowl loss to Green Bay in January 2011. Who cares about wins. I care more about playoff wins and Super Bowls. Something that has been lacking in the Burgh.

  55. Gary Kubiak had a nice decade and definitely deserves a spot in the top ten somewhere. Some of his highlights include:

    2011 AFC Coach of the Year while leading the Texans to the franchise’s first division crown, playoff berth and playoff win.

    2012 Led the Texans to a franchise-best 12-4 record including winning another playoff game for the second straight year.

    2015 Led the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 victory in his first year as their head coach and became the first person to have played in the Super Bowl and later win it as a head coach with the same team. His final year as a head coach was 2016 with the Broncos. He retired due to health reasons, but the Broncos still finished with a winning record at 9-7.

  56. Marvin Lewis deserves honorable mention. Going 0-7 in the playoffs with the Bengals is like winning 7 Superbowls.

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    This post was great

  57. thejetssuck2001 says:
    December 23, 2019 at 11:48 am
    and please with the division thing. the steelers have had the browns and bengals in their division every year. and the up and down flacco ravens which they beat consistently. excuses excuses.
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    Please remember further back than the last two years. The Bengals, Ravens, and Steelers were all three in playoffs or/playoff contention for the majority of the decade.

  58. Reid, Rivera and Arians has as many super bowl rings as I do but they’re ahead of McCarthy. Peyton didn’t even win his ring in this decade. McCarthy got stale and held on to capers too long but I think he should be higher the list.

  59. Technically, the decade doesn’t end until next year. Shouldn’t we wait to be talking about this?

    If the first year is 1 that makes the decade end at 10. 20, 30, 40 and so on….

  60. Coughlins super bowl win in 2011, being the 2010 season, and following 4-5 seasons, although three were miserable and one being a playoff berth, should still surpass Rivera and

    God we miss him…

  61. It’s interesting because I would be willing to bet the Belichick never won a Coach of the Year award. You could give it to him every year including this. 13-3 with three Pro-Bowlers one of which is for special teams. Won’t even get consideration.

  62. How is Gary Kubiak not on this list, but McCarthy is? He won three division titles in two different divisions, had three different starting QB’s in the postseason (Yates, Schaub, Manning), won division titles with incumbent QB missing time (Schaub and Manning) and won a damn Super Bowl with a team that John Fox failed to win with three years in a row? This list aside from 7 choices is a joke.

  63. Pete Carroll being higher than Sean Payton is ultra questionable. Anyone other than Belichick being higher than Payton is very questionable.

  64. ashleyschafferbmw says:
    December 23, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    thejetssuck2001 says:
    December 23, 2019 at 11:48 am
    and please with the division thing. the steelers have had the browns and bengals in their division every year. and the up and down flacco ravens which they beat consistently. excuses excuses.
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    Please remember further back than the last two years. The Bengals, Ravens, and Steelers were all three in playoffs or/playoff contention for the majority of the decade

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    and the jets went to two consecutive afc championships in 2010 and 2011. i do remember. i also remember a lot of seasons of near zero wins by cleveland and cincinnati.

  65. ashleyschafferbmw says:
    December 23, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    thejetssuck2001 says:
    December 23, 2019 at 11:48 am
    and please with the division thing. the steelers have had the browns and bengals in their division every year. and the up and down flacco ravens which they beat consistently. excuses excuses.
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    Please remember further back than the last two years. The Bengals, Ravens, and Steelers were all three in playoffs or/playoff contention for the majority of the decade

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    and if cincy was in playoff contention its bc the steelers underachieved given their talent. and please explain why weve beaten down pittsburgh so much when were one on one? thats got nothing to to with the afc east. please just stop with the division thing. its been debunked by the simple fact our record outside our division is better than within. in fact the only teams that have really challenged us consistently are the dolphins in miami and jets occasionally. otherwise the ravens have played us much tougher than the steelers ever have.

  66. bluenoser12 says:
    December 23, 2019 at 2:34 pm
    Technically, the decade doesn’t end until next year. Shouldn’t we wait to be talking about this?

    If the first year is 1 that makes the decade end at 10. 20, 30, 40 and so on….

    6 8 Rate This

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    According to this genius and 6 other mensa candidates, the last year of the 1990s was 2000. And we call this the 2010s, which began in 2011? Wow

    For the braintrust trying to claim Payton belongs above Carroll, Carroll has missed the playoffs ONCE in the past 10 years, and they still were 9-7. Payton has missed the playoffs with losing records multiple times, and he wasn’t even there for one of the years.

    The knock on Carroll would be that he has wasted Russell Wilson’s prime by forcing the ball to UFA running backs half the time.

    Knock on Tomlin is that he has been thoroughly owned by the Patriots when it mattered.

    Knock on Belichick is that Tomlin was the closest thing to a peer in the AFC. Oh and here are the last SB appearances for the rest of the AFCE:
    Jets 1969
    Dolphins 1984
    Bills 1993

    Knock on the Reid? I think everyone is well-aware

    Harbaugh maybe should be #2. He won with Joe Flacco, now he is winning with LJ who most people were saying would be a short-lived, unsuccessful gimmick. I guess the knock on him is that the Ravens are largely the product of great work done by Ozzie Newsome

    The rest are just filler.

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