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    NFL Head Coach Rankings 2024: Where Do Andy Reid, Kyle Shanahan, and Harbaugh Brothers Land?

    Who are the best head coaches in the NFL? Andy Reid reigns supreme, but how do other HCs like Mike Tomlin, Sean McVay, and the Harbaugh brothers stack up?

    Who are the NFL‘s best head coaches? While that question may seem to have a simple answer, NFL coaching may have never been in a better place than it is heading into 2024. Creative thinking and a player-friendly management style — ushered in by a wave of new, young head coaches — have been the norm, not the exception.

    As we debut our NFL head coach rankings, keep in mind that we’ll balance career track records with 2023 results. It’s a delicate line, but we’ll try not to lean too strongly on recency bias and instead analyze the totality of a coach’s work.

    Who’s the Best Head Coach in the NFL?

    After winning his third Super Bowl trophy in four years, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Andy Reid has cemented himself as the best head coach in the NFL. His 258 regular-season wins are the fourth-most in league history, while his 26 playoff victories rank second.

    Reid is the only head coach in NFL history to post 100 wins with two franchises. He developed Donovan McNabb and turned the Philadelphia Eagles into a regular contender before heading to Kansas City to work with Patrick Mahomes, who’s already won two MVPs under Reid’s watch.

    Few HCs have combined Reid’s offensive play-calling acumen and ability to handle a locker room often full of volatile personalities. He’s the best active coach in the league and one of the greatest in NFL history.

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    2) Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams

    Regular-season record: 70-44 (.609)

    Since becoming the NFL’s all-time youngest head coach in 2017, Sean McVay has led Los Angeles to double-digit wins and a playoff appearance in five of seven seasons. He’s already won a Super Bowl, and his creative efforts with an understaffed roster in 2023 got the Rams back into the postseason.

    Rumors surrounding McVay’s interest in broadcasting seem to have died down. He’s already one off to one the best starts of any HC in league history, and another Super Bowl ring will make him a virtual shoo-in for the Hall of Fame (years down the road, of course).

    3) Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers

    Regular-season record: 64-51 (.557)

    Kyle Shanahan has fallen just short of grabbing a Lombardi on multiple occasions, but his three Super Bowl losses as an HC and OC have been to Patrick Mahomes (twice) and Tom Brady. Shanahan remains one of the NFL’s best play designers and helped turn ex-Mr. Irrevelant Brock Purdy into an MVP candidate. Luck will eventually turn in his direction.

    4) John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens

    Regular-season record: 160-99 (.618)

    After winning Super Bowl 47 with Joe Flacco under center, John Harbaugh led a transition to Lamar Jackson, helping turn the former first-rounder into a two-time MVP. He’s always willing to make aggressive in-game maneuvers because his accomplishments have earned him total support from ownership.

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    Harbaugh made inspired decisions by hiring DC Mike Macdonald in 2022 and OC Todd Monken in 2023. Will first-year DC Zach Orr have the same impact in 2024?

    5) Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers

    Regular-season record: 173-100-2 (.633)

    Since taking over in Pittsburgh in 2007, Mike Tomlin has taken the Steelers to the playoffs 11 times, won seven AFC North titles, and brought home one Lombardi Trophy. He’s infamously never posted a losing season despite subpar quarterback play. Tomlin is an excellent leader of men and an icon in the Steel City.

    6) Jim Harbaugh, Los Angeles Chargers

    Regular-season record: 44-19-1 (.695)

    While Jim Harbaugh didn’t collect a Super Bowl during his stint as the 49ers’ HC, his .695 winning percentage ranks first among active head coaches. Back in the NFL after winning a National Championship at Michigan, Harbaugh’s record of quick turnarounds suggests the Chargers should be contending again soon. Los Angeles’ roster needs significant work, but San Francisco improved by seven wins in Harbaugh’s first season in charge.

    7) Matt LaFleur, Green Bay Packers

    Regular-season record: 56-27 (.675)

    Matt LaFleur has eradicated any suggestion that his success as the Packers’ head coach was driven solely by Aaron Rodgers. He guided the NFL’s youngest roster to nine wins in 2023 and nearly took down the 49ers in the Divisional Round, while QB Jordan Love looked like a superstar by the end of the season. The arrow is pointing up in Green Bay, where LaFleur somehow still seems underrated.

    8) Sean Payton, Denver Broncos

    Regular-season record: 160-98 (.620)

    Guiding the Russell Wilson-led Broncos to eight wins while flirting with the playoffs represented an accomplishment for Sean Payton. Denver may have to work through salary-cap pain before seriously competing under Payton’s watch, but contention should eventually be on the horizon.

    9) Dan Campbell, Detroit Lions

    Regular-season record: 29-33-1 (.468)

    Dan Campbell’s Lions more than lived up to the hype in 2023, finishing 12-5 during the regular season before winning their first playoff game in over 30 years. Along with GM Brad Holmes, Campbell has rebuilt Detroit’s roster, turning one of the league’s former laughingtocks into a well-respected — and well-run — organization.

    10) Mike McDaniel, Miami Dolphins

    Regular-season record: 20-14 (.588)

    Mike McDaniel has helped revitalize Tua Tagovailoa’s career while turning the Dolphins into a legitimate offensive behemoth. His unique personality is undoubtedly a benefit, as players seem to respond to his singular brand that combines empathy and a willingness to be direct.

    Miami hasn’t gotten over the hump in the playoffs, but McDaniel already has two postseason appearances in two years at the helm. That’s the same number of times the Dolphins went to the playoffs in the previous 20 years before McDaniel took charge.

    11) Kevin Stefanski, Cleveland Browns

    Regular-season record: 37-30 (.552)

    Kevin Stefanski won his second Coach of the Year award in 2023 after working around Deshaun Watson’s injury to win 12 games, the Browns’ most victories since 1986. Finding Joe Flacco was one thing, but Stefanski also had to endure injuries to RB Nick Chubb and Cleveland’s top three offensive tackles.

    12) Zac Taylor, Cincinnati Bengals

    Regular-season record: 37-44-1 (.457)

    Zac Taylor rarely receives much credit for coordinating a Bengals offense that employed high-end talent like Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase, and Tee Higgins. However, his work with backup QB Jake Browning following Burrow’s season-ending wrist injury allowed the former undrafted free agent to post a 60.1 QBR, which would’ve tied Jalen Hurts for 12th if Browning had enough attempts to qualify.

    13) DeMeco Ryans, Houston Texans

    Regular-season record: 10-7 (.588)

    It’s almost easy to forget the pit of despair the Texans had fallen into heading into the 2023 offseason. After firing Bill O’Brien, Houston had run through one-year head coaches David Culley and Lovie Smith. General manager Nick Caserio was on the hot seat. (Remember Jack Easterby?)

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    All that’s in the past with DeMeco Ryans in charge. Grabbing a potential All-Pro QB like C.J. Stroud at the top of the draft certainly helped matters, but Ryans seemingly changed the Texans’ culture and on-field product overnight while leading Houston to the AFC South title and a playoff victory.

    14) Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills

    Regular-season record: 73-41 (.640)

    Did Sean McDermott already miss his best shot at a Super Bowl? The Bills’ head coach has done nearly everything else since taking over in Buffalo. McDermott has earned four conservative AFC East crowns; he’s 58 regular-season games during that stretch, second-most to only Andy Reid. But his legacy will remain incomplete until he secures a Lombardi.

    15) Doug Pederson, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Regular-season record: 60-53-1 (.531)

    The Jaguars’ 2023 vibes could not have been more different from Doug Pederson’s first Jacksonville campaign in 2022, but those teams finished with identical 9-8 records. Last year’s club missed the playoffs after multiple Trevor Lawrence injuries led to a late-season collapse. Pederson deserves more time to build a consistent winner in Jacksonville, where the Jaguars won four combined games in the two seasons before he arrived.

    16) Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles

    Regular-season record: 34-17 (.667)

    The Eagles collapsed down the stretch, finishing their season-defining 1-6 run with a blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card Round. Nick Sirianni nearly lost his job but will return for a fourth season after hiring new coordinators Kellen Moore and Vic Fangio. Head coaches who win two-thirds of their games don’t grow on trees, and Sirianni is one of the NFL’s best in-game tacticians.

    17) Kevin O’Connell, Minnesota Vikings

    Regular-season record: 20-14 (.588)

    While he’s won plenty of games and orchestrated a high-powered offense as the Vikings’ head coach and play-caller, Kevin O’Connell’s most valuable contributions may come behind the scenes. He was one of only three HCs who received an “A+” grade from their players in the NFLPA’s 2024 report card surveys, along with Andy Reid and Dan Campbell. How O’Connell navigates Minnesota’s post-Kirk Cousins life will define the second stretch of his tenure.l

    18) Mike McCarthy, Dallas Cowboys

    Regular-season record: 167-102-2 (.620)

    Discussing Mike McCarthy always seems to generate more questions than answers. How much did Aaron Rodgers prop up his run as the Packers’ head coach? Why hasn’t he been able to get over the hump with the Cowboys? Facing a lame-duck season with no contract extension on the horizon, McCarthy probably needs to get to the NFC title game to keep his job.

    19) Shane Steichen, Indianapolis Colts

    Regular-season record: 9-8 (.529)

    Shane Steichen was supposed to work with No. 4 overall pick Anthony Richardson in 2023, but a season-ending injury forced the Colts to turn to veteran backup Gardner Minshew for 13 starts. Indy still almost made the playoffs, which is a testament to Steichen’s abilities. What’s the next step for the Colts’ offense once Richardson returns next season?

    20) Dan Quinn, Washington Commanders

    Regular-season record: 43-42 (.506)

    Dan Quinn isn’t a static thinker. Pigeonholed as a Cover 3-only play-caller after his run with Seattle and Atlanta, Quinn morphed his defense upon joining the Cowboys. He consistently squeezed the most out of every player on Dallas’ defensive depth chart and brings head-coaching experience to the rebuilding Commanders.

    21) Todd Bowles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Regular-season record: 43-58 (.426)

    The post-Tom Brady Buccaneers were an afterthought heading into 2023. Todd Bowles hired Dave Canales to fix Tampa Bay’s Baker Mayfield-led offense and kept the club’s defense above water despite several critical injuries. Heading into Year 3 of a five-year contract, Bowles seems nearly entrenched for the Bucs.

    22) Brian Daboll, New York Giants

    Regular-season record: 15-18-1 (.456)

    Winner of the NFL’s 2022 Coach of the Year award, Brian Daboll went through it in 2023. Daniel Jones missed several games with a concussion before suffering a season-ending torn ACL, and the Giants were eventually forced to roll with undrafted free agent QB Tommy DeVito under center. Daboll’s sideline blowups became a talking point, while his turbulent relationship with DC Wink Martindale eventually led to the latter’s resignation.

    23) Raheem Morris, Atlanta Falcons

    Regular-season record: 21-38 (.356)

    Raheem Morris dealt with depleted rosters as the Buccaneers’ 33-year-old head coach more than a decade ago and shouldn’t be judged on his win-loss record.

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    One of the few NFL coaches with experience on both sides of the ball, Morris won a Super Bowl as the Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2021. Few assistants were more qualified for an HC job this offseason than Morris.

    24) Matt Eberflus, Chicago Bears

    Regular-season record: 10-24 (.294)

    The Bears went 5-3 down the stretch, finishing with a 7-10 record that likely saved Matt Eberflus’ job. His defense substantially improved during that stint, allowing more than 20 points just once after Week 10. Eberflus will face an entirely new set of expectations once presumptive No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams arrives in Chicago.

    25) Antonio Pierce, Las Vegas Raiders

    Regular-season record: 5-4 (.556)

    Antonio Pierce immediately transformed the Raiders’ locker room culture after the departure of former HC Josh McDaniels, so much so that Las Vegas’ players vigorously campaigned for Pierce to remain the club’s full-time head coach. While judging a nine-game sample is challenging, Pierce deserves a chance to prove himself in 2024.

    26) Jonathan Gannon, Arizona Cardinals

    Regular-season record: 4-13 (.235)

    While Jonathan Gannon’s Cardinals won just four games in his head-coaching debut, Arizona played inspired football at times. OC Drew Petzing ran an innovative offense that flashed once Kyler Murray returned from a torn ACL, while DC Nick Rallis got the most out of a lackluster depth chart. The 2024 campaign will tell us more about Gannon than last season did.

    27) Robert Saleh, New York Jets

    Regular-season record: 18-23 (.353)

    Robert Saleh isn’t responsible for drafting Zach Wilson, and it’s not his fault Aaron Rodgers went down after four plays as a Jet in 2023. Still, while Saleh helped construct a New York defense that’s been dominant over the past two seasons, he’s facing a make-or-break campaign in 2024. It’s the playoffs (and maybe a playoff win) or bust for Saleh and Jets GM Joe Douglas.

    28) Dennis Allen, New Orleans Saints

    Regular-season record: 24-46 (.343)

    The Saints improved to nine wins in 2023 but still couldn’t grab the NFC South title. Dennis Allen was on the hot seat this offseason, but New Orleans intends to give the Allen-Derek Carr partnership one more year before cutting the cord. Allen has always been an excellent defensive play-caller; he’ll need all the pieces to fall together on both sides of the ball in 2024 or risk losing his job.

    First-Year Head Coaches

    The 2024 NFL season will feature four first-time head coaches on the sidelines. It’s too early to judge them, so we’ll list them alphabetically rather than rank the trifecta.

    Brian Callahan, Tennessee Titans

    The Titans aren’t taking things slow in Brian Callahan’s first season. Tennessee spent heavily in free agency, adding veterans like WR Calvin Ridley, RB Tony Pollard, C Lloyd Cushenbery, and CBs L’Jarius Sneed and Chidobe Awuzie around second-year QB Will Levis.

    Callahan’s work with Joe Burrow — and perhaps more importantly, Cincinnati Bengals QB2 Jake Browning — provided a preview of how the Titans’ new HC will devise a QB-friendly offense.

    Dave Canales, Carolina Panthers

    Having helped Geno Smith and Baker Mayfield revitalize their careers over the past two seasons, Dave Canales will attempt to orchestrate another turnaround as Carolina’s head coach.

    Panthers rookie QB Bryce Young ranked dead last in adjusted net yards per attempt in 2023, while only Zach Wilson finished worse in QBR or EPA per play. Canales hopes an improved offensive line will help reduce Young’s 10.5% sack rate (fourth-worst in the league). At the same time, new WR Diontae Johnson represents a significant upgrade for Carolina’s pass-catching depth chart.

    Jerod Mayo, New England Patriots

    Viewed as a future NFL head coach during his days as a Patriots linebacker, Jerod Mayo isn’t facing the easiest task in 2024. Taking over for the greatest coach in league history might be daunting. Still, Mayo already seems to be embracing his role as a liaison between New England’s Bill Belichick-centric legacy and the club’s future.

    Mike Macdonald, Seattle Seahawks

    Labeled a “defensive Sean McVay” during the 2024 hiring process, Mike Macdonald has large shoes to fill after replacing Pete Carroll as Seattle’s head coach.

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    Macdonald pulled all the right levers as Baltimore’s DC in 2023 while running the league’s most modern unit, consistently disguising and varying his coverage looks. Countless Ravens players have lauded Macdonald’s near-obsessive level of detail, and his preparedness was regularly on display in Baltimore.

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