The Best Playoff Coaches In NFL History


A coach is most often judged not just on wins and losses, but whether they are successful in the playoffs or not. Modern day coaches do get the opportunity to coach in more playoff games than their counterparts from years ago. Here is a look at some of the best playoff coaches of all time.

-What coach got their teams into the playoffs the most years?

Don Shula coached the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins into the playoffs 19 times. He’s followed on that list by Tom Landry with 18 appearances in the playoffs, Paul Brown with 15 playoff appearances, and Marty Schottenheimer who got his teams into the playoffs a very credible 13 times.

-What coach has the most playoff victories during their career?

Tom Landry heads category with 19 career wins in the postseason. He is followed by Don Shula with 19, Joe Gibbs with 17, and Chuck Noll with 16.

-What coach with a minimum of five playoff appearances has compiled the best winning percentage in the playoffs?

With nine wins and just one loss in the postseason, legendary coach Vince Lombardi has an amazing postseason winning percentage of.900. He is followed by Don McCafferty and Weeb Ewbank who at 4-1 have a winning percentage of.800, and then Bill Belichick who at 15-4 has a career postseason winning percentage of.789.

-What coach has won the most championships?

As the legendary coach of the Cleveland Browns (and later owner and coach of the Cincinnati Bengals), Paul Brown won a league leading seven championships. He is followed by Curly Lambeau and George Halas with six, and then Vince Lombardi with five.

-What coach has won the most Super Bowls?

The coach to win the most Super Bowls is Chuck Noll with four. Only three coaches have won three Super Bowls during their career: Bill Belichick, Bill Walsh, and Joe Gibbs. A number of coaches have won two Super Bowls including Tom Flores, George Seifert, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Shanahan, Bill Parcells, Tom Landry, Don Shula and Vince Lombardi.

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