Andy Reid has ascended to the coaching stratosphere at 60 years old. Once the longtime head coach he couldn’t win a Super BowlReid has captured his third Super Bowl championship in five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, ushering in the league’s newest dynasty.
Reid has entered the pantheon of great head coaches. He is the fifth head coach with three or more Super Bowl titles, joining Bill Belichick (six), Chuck Noll (four), Joe Gibbs (three) and Bill Walsh (three). Reid also joins Belichick and Noll as the only head coaches to win three Super Bowls in a span of five seasons. His 26 playoff wins trail only Belichick (31) for most in NFL history.
Reid joined Belichick as the only coaches with more than 200 wins and three Super Bowl titles, showing the rare air he has among the greatest head coaches in history. NFL history. His 258 regular-season wins trail only Don Shula (328), George Halas (318) and Belichick (302) in NFL history. Reid’s 284 combined regular-season and postseason wins trail only Shula (347), Belichick (343) and Halas (324) for the most in NFL history.
Reid, 65, still has a ways to go to climb the all-time coaching wins list, but is Reid one of the five best head coaches in NFL history? The answer is yes, but where Reid ranks among the greatest of all time is a matter of debate:
5. Chuck Noll
Noll is only one of two head coaches with four Super Bowl titles, and is in the same company as Vince Lombardi and Guy Chamberlain as the only head coaches to win four titles in six years. While Noll has never lost a Super Bowl, he only had one double-digit winning season and two playoff wins in his final 12 seasons as an NFL coach.
In 23 seasons, Noll won four Super Bowl titles, four conference championships and eight division titles. He also had eight seasons with double-digit wins (the season was not expanded to 16 games until 1978, and Noll had five of them in the 14-game format). Noll is ninth in NFL history with 193 wins and sixth in the postseason with 16.
Four Super Bowl titles easily vault Noll into the top five. The Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s were one of the greatest dynasties in NFL history.
4. Andy Reid
Reid continues to rise up the list of top coaches thanks to his tremendous success under Patrick Mahomes. The Reid-Mahomes duo (15 wins) trails only Bill Belichick and Tom Brady (30) for the most playoff wins by a head coach-quarterback duo in NFL history. Reid hasn’t just won with Mahomes, as evidenced by his career with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Reid is the only head coach in NFL history to win 100 games with two different franchises and the only head coach to win 10 playoff games with two different franchises. He has also led the Chiefs and Eagles to four consecutive conference championship games, the only coach to accomplish that feat for two organizations. He is the all-time wins leader for the Chiefs and Eagles.
In 25 seasons as a head coach, Reid won three Super Bowl titles, five conference championships and 14 division titles. He has had 18 seasons with double-digit wins. He is fourth in NFL history with 258 wins and second in postseason wins with 26. Reid also won a playoff game with four different quarterbacks (Donovan McNabb, Jeff Garcia, Alex Smith and Mahomes).
Reid is one of the top five head coaches in NFL history and continues to climb the record books amid the Chiefs dynasty. He is one or two titles away from earning significant consideration for the greatest head coach of all time.
3. George Halas
Halas has the longest tenure as a head coach in NFL history with 40 seasons, seven more than Don Shula and Curly Lambeau (33 years). He won six championships with the Chicago Bears, including three in a four-season span from 1940 to 1946. (Halas took off from 1943 to 1945 to serve in World War II and earned a Bronze Star.) Halas had a perfect regular season in 1934 (13-0), but fell in the NFL championship game.
In his 40 seasons, Halas has six NFL championships (tied with Belichick and Curly Lambeau for the most championships in NFL history). His 318 wins trail only Shula for the most in NFL history, and his .682 winning percentage is the best for any coach who has coached more than 150 games (third behind John Madden and George Allen for those who have directed more than 100 games).
Halas is also the oldest head coach to win a title at 68 years and 331 days old, winning a championship in his 36th season.
2. Bill Belichick
Belichick is the only head coach with six Super Bowl titles, tied with Halas and Lambeau as the only head coaches with six NFL championships. The only head coach with more than 300 wins and three Super Bowl championships, Belichick was the first coach to win five Super Bowls and the first head coach to claim five championships since Lombardi. He also has the most conference championships with nine.
Of course, Belichick’s success is tied to Tom Brady. Belichick is 302-165 as NFL head coach (.647 winning percentage) with an incredible 31-13 postseason record added to that (.705 winning percentage). Even with all the success Belichick has achieved in 29 seasons, the legendary head coach is just 83-101 when Brady was not his starting quarterback (including his five years as head coach of the Cleveland Browns).
The head coach and quarterback duo combined for six Super Bowl championships, 18 winning records in 18 full seasons together, 17 AFC East titles (2002 being the only year they did not win the division) and 30 playoff victories. Belichick’s defense was the backbone of the first three Super Bowl titles in New England, having a top-two defense in points allowed per game in two of those three titles (2003, 2004). Belichick’s record without Brady at quarterback is just one part of his career.
In 29 seasons as a head coach, Belichick has six Super Bowl titles, nine conference championships, 17 division titles and 20 seasons with double-digit victories. He is third in NFL history with 302 wins and first in postseason wins with 31. Only Belichick and Reid have more than 25 postseason wins.
Belichick is just 27 wins away from passing Shula for the most wins by a head coach in NFL history. He is just five wins away from surpassing Shula for the most combined wins in NFL history (regular season and postseason).
The only blemish on Belichick’s resume? His record without Brady.
1. Vince Lombardi
Lombardi remains the standard for success as a head coach in the NFL. Lombardi compiled the greatest dynasty in NFL history with the Green Bay Packers from 1961 to 1967 – the only head coach to win five championships in a seven-year span.
Lombardi, who never had a season with a losing record, compiled an astonishing 9-1 record in the postseason. The .900 winning percentage is the highest for any head coach in NFL history (minimum 10 games coached). Lombardi is the last head coach to win three consecutive championships and closed out his career by winning nine consecutive playoff games, the second-longest streak by a head coach in NFL history (Belichick is first with 10).
Lombardi not only has three NFL championships; he won the first two Super Bowl championships. The trophy given to the Super Bowl champion is named after him. Lombardi’s winning percentage of .738 trails only Guy Chamberlain (.784) and John Madden (.759) in NFL history (minimum 50 games).
The postseason record and five championships in 10 seasons are what separates Lombardi from other coaches. Belichick and Reid can find ways to outdo Lombardi, but he is the barometer of the greatest head coach of all time as of now.