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The Best Buffalo Bills Coaches of All Time

Updated September 24, 2021 1.9k votes 393 voters 7.8k views20 items

There have been many Buffalo Bills coaches since the team got its start, but who is truly the best Buffalo Bills coach of all time? Help us answer that question by upvoting your personal favorite Buffalo Bills coaches, and downvoting any that you believe brought the team down.

The Bills have unfortunately never won a Super Bowl, but head coach Mark Levy brought them to the big game four years in a row from 1990-1993. The fact that the Bills went to the Super Bowl four years in a row and never won is still a sore subject for Buffalo natives, and this guy especially. Other great Bills coaches include Chuck Knox and Lou Saban, both of whom had decent playoff runs with Buffalo. 

Who is the greatest Buffalo Bills coach of all time? Has Sean McDermott turned the team around to make them a top contender in the AFC? Let us know by upvoting for your favorite head coaches below that you believe really made an impact on the franchise.

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    Chicago, Illinois
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    23

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    Marvin Daniel Levy (born August 3, 1925) is a former American and Canadian football coach, front office executive, and author. He served as head coach in the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the...  more

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    Rusty Shackelford addedOmaha, Nebraska
    161
    24
    Sean McDermott (born March 21, 1974) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL)....  more
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    Brookfield, Illinois
    103
    22

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Louis Henry Saban (October 13, 1921 – March 29, 2009) was an American football player and coach. He played for Indiana University in college and as a professional for the Cleveland Browns of the...  more
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    Sewickley, Pennsylvania
    104
    29
    Charles Robert Knox (April 27, 1932 – May 12, 2018) was an American football coach at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. He served as head coach of three National Football League...  more
  • 5
    Orange, Texas
    69
    45

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Wade Phillips (born June 21, 1947) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He also served two stints as...  more
  • 6
    McKinney, Texas
    1
    1

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Anthony Ray Lynn (born December 21, 1968) is an American football coach and former running back who is the current head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). Lynn...  more
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    Orange, New Jersey
    20
    45

    NationalityUnited States of America

    James Stephen Ringo (November 21, 1931 – November 19, 2007) was a professional American football player, a Hall of Fame center and coach in the National Football League (NFL). He was a ten-time Pro...  more
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    Rock Island, Illinois
    14
    37
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    Gainesville, Georgia
    26
    62

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Thomas Chandler Gailey Jr. (born January 5, 1952) is a former American football coach. Gailey has served as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and Buffalo...  more
  • 10
    Cramerton, North Carolina
    21
    58

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Perry Fewell (born September 7, 1962) is the Carolina Panthers American football defensive backs coach. He last served as the defensive backs coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National...  more
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    New York City, New York
    36
    88

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Douglas Charles "Doug" Marrone (born July 25, 1964) is an American football coach and former offensive lineman who is currently the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football...  more
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    Miami, Florida
    24
    71
    Michael Rene Mularkey (born November 19, 1961) is an American football coach and former player who is the tight ends coach for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played...  more
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    Ardmore, Oklahoma
    33
    109

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Rex Ashley Ryan (born December 13, 1962) is a former American football coach and current ESPN analyst. Ryan was formerly the head coach of the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills of the National Football...  more

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    Excelsior Springs, Missouri
    22
    71
    Gregg Williams (born July 15, 1958) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets of the National Football League. Previously, he was head coach of the Buffalo...  more
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    Peoria, Illinois
    20
    78

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Richard Manuel Jauron (born October 7, 1950) is a former National Football League (NFL) player and coach. He played eight seasons, five with the Detroit Lions and three with the Cincinnati Bengals....  more
  • 16
    De Funiak Springs, Florida
    13
    55

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    George Kay Stephenson (born December 17, 1944) is an American former college and professional football player and current coach, whose latter career has seen him work in four different professional...  more
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    Townsend, Tennessee
    11
    44

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Garrard Sliger "Buster" Ramsey (March 16, 1920 – September 16, 2007) was an American football player who starred at William and Mary and was the first head coach of the American Football League's...  more
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    Scranton, Pennsylvania
    11
    51

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Henry Charles Bullough (born January 24, 1934) is a former American football player and coach. He played college football at Michigan State and graduated in 1954. Bullough was a starting guard for...  more
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    Bridgeton, New Jersey
    9
    42
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    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    8
    47

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    John Rauch (August 20, 1927 – June 10, 2008), also known by his nickname Johnny Rauch, was an American football player and coach. He was head coach of the Oakland Raiders in the team's loss to the...  more