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There was a time when I wouldn't miss a Saints game.  I would schedule events around their TV schedule.  But with all of the crapola that has happened the last several years... the shine has definitely worn off of the NFL for me.  Yes, I will still turn on the Saints games, but my expectations have dropped off precipitously.  Man, do I miss Drew Brees and Sean Payton.

The Drew Brees/Sean Payton combo was one of those all too rare, once in a generation packages.  There have been some really good ones over the years... Roger Staubach and Tom Landry... Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw... Joe Montana and Bill Walsh... Bill Belichick and Tom Brady...  so it isn't hard to imagine that no one could follow Sean Payton.  And as good of a Defensive Coordinator Saints Coach Dennis Allen has been over the years... he's not getting the job done in the Big Cheese's office.

In fact, according to a recent poll from the gambling website, Dennis Allen is ranked as the least successful head coach in the NFL.

Using factors like win percentage, average division finish, and playoff games won, they've ranked the most successful, and least successful coaches in the NFL.  Variables were awarded on an index score of 0 to 10 to determine the overall index score of each head coach.


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Like him or not, Bill Belichick ranked in first place with a score of 80.26.  Belichick has been a head coach for 29 years, longer than any other coach in the league.  He's logged 480 games earning him an index score of 10 for years served and games coached.


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With a score of 57.48,  Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid ranks second most successful coach in the NFL.  He's currently the second longest running head coach with 25 years and 396 games, receiving an impressive 9.7 for games coached.

Surprisingly, Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay ranks as the third most successful coaches in the NFL.  With an overall score of 54.36, McVay has a playoff win percentage of 70%, equating to a 9.8 index score, being the third highest in the NFL.

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The Top 5 Most Successful Coaches in the NFL

RankHead CoachCurrent TeamIndex score out of 100
1Bill BelichickNew England Patriots80.26
2Andy ReidKansas City Chiefs57.48
3Sean McVayLos Angeles Rams54.36
4Kyle ShanahanSan Francisco 49ers49.86
5Pete CarrollSeattle Seahawks49.67


That's the good news... now the bad.


Chicago Bears v New Orleans Saints
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Unfortunately for Saints fans, the least successful coach in the NFL is Dennis Allen.  With an overall score of just 18.28, Allen has only five years experience as a head coach, with no playoff participation, no Superbowl wins, and no conference championships.



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Looking more like a high-school civics teacher than an NFL head coach, Miami Dolphins' Mike McDaniel ranks as the second least successful NFL coach.  McDaniel was just under Allen with a score of 18.62. Even though he hasn't chalked a playoff win, he is one of the only coaches in the bottom 5 to coach a single playoff game, giving him an index score of .23.  But McDaniel has only been head coach of the Dolphins for 2 years, and the Fins have an impressive win percentage of 59%.

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With a score of 20, Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Jonathan Gannon of the Arizona Cardinals ranks as the 4th least successful Head Coach in the NFL.  He achieved the lowest score of 0 for most variables, including any playoff wins or participation. But this is only Gannon's first year at the helm of the Cards, and lack of time as a head coach in the NFL has a lot to do with his current ranking.


Complete Rankings for Most Successful Coaches in the NFL

RankHead CoachCurrent TeamIndex score out of 100
1Bill BelichickNew England Patriots80.26
2Andy ReidKansas City Chiefs57.48
3Sean McVayLos Angeles Rams54.36
4Kyle ShanahanSan Francisco 49ers49.86
5Pete CarollSeattle Seahawks49.67
6Zac TaylorCincinatti Bengals49.29
7John HarbaughBaltimore Ravens48.10
8Sean PaytonDenver Broncos47.21
9Mike TomlinPittsburgh Steelers47.01
10Doug PedersonJacksonville Jaguars46.87
11Kevin StefanskiCleveland Browns45.98
12Mike McCarthyDallas Cowboys45.57
13Nick SirianniPhiladelphia Eagles44.73
14Brian DabollNew York Giants43.50
15Matt LafleurGreen Bay Packers40.85
16Sean McDermottBuffalo Bills38.68
17Ron RiveraWashington Commanders38.55
18Mike VrabelTennessee Titans37.18
19Antonio PierceLas Vegas Raiders35.66
20Frank ReichCarolina Panthers35.31
21Brandon StaleyLos Angeles Chargers27.01
22Shane SteichenIndianapolis Colts25.83
23Demeco RyansHouston Texans24.16
24Kevin O’ConnellMinnesota Vikings24.14
25Robert SalehNew York Jets22.81
26Dan CampbellDetroit Lions22.43
27Arthur SmithAtlanta Falcons21.65
28Todd BowlesTampa Bay Buccaneers20.84
29Matt EberflusChicago Bears20.64
30Jonathan GannonArizona Cardinals20.00
31Mike McdanielMiami Dolphins18.62
32Dennis AllenNew Orleans Saints18.28


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