Coaches The Best Current NFL Coaches  

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The best current NFL coaches are those top football coaches in 2018-2019 who've led their team to greatness in recent years and continue to do so. Between the longest-tenured National Football League coaches to the experienced coaches in new roles, one of these talented coaches will guide their team to a Super Bowl championship come February.

In the love-him-or-hate-him category, Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots is regarded as among the elite current NFL coaches if not one of the best NFL coaches of all time. Coaching the Pats since 2000, Belichick is a three-time NFL Coach of the Year as he helped Tom Brady and company play in five Super Bowls, winning three, in 13 seasons.

But even Belichick can be beaten and the likes of John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens and Ben McAdoo formerly of the New York Giants have done so in recent years, in the NFL Playoffs, in convincing fashion. The list of the best coaches currently in the NFL doesn't end there though. Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers, Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints, and Chip Kelly formerly of the San Francisco 49ers all fit that bill too.

Sadly, as great as some of these coaches are, others will inevitably end up quickly replaced with someone else after a poor season and possibly end up among the worst NFL coaches of all time rankings. But as a new season starts, each have a clean slate and opportunity for greatness. Who knows, perhaps some will surprise everyone and quickly rise to become the best current NFL coach one day soon.

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Bill Belichick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 67
New England Patriots William Stephen "Bill" Belichick is an American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He also has extensive authority over the Patriots' ...more

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Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 61
Kansas City Chiefs Andrew Walter "Andy" Reid is a professional American football coach who is the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. Reid was previously the head coach ...more

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Sean Payton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 56
New Orleans Saints Patrick Sean Payton is an American football head coach for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. Payton was a quarterback at Naperville Central High School and Eastern Illinois ...more

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Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 68
Seattle Seahawks Peter Clay "Pete" Carroll is the head coach and executive vice president of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He is a former head coach of the New York Jets, the ...more

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Mike Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 47
Pittsburgh Steelers Michael Pettaway "Mike" Tomlin is the current head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the American Football Conference, succeeding Bill Cowher. Tomlin is the third youngest head ...more

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John Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 57
Baltimore Ravens John Harbaugh is the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. Previously, he coached the defensive backs for the Philadelphia Eagles and served as the Eagles special teams coach for nine years. ...more

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Bruce Arians is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 67
Arizona Cardinals Bruce Charles Arians is an American football coach who currently serves as the head coach for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He also served as interim head coach of the ...more

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Mike McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 56
Green Bay Packers Michael John "Mike" McCarthy is a professional American football coach, currently serving as the head coach of the National Football League's Green Bay Packers.

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Ron Rivera is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 57
Carolina Panthers Ronald Eugene Rivera is an American football coach and former player, and is currently the head coach of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League where he won the 2013 AP NFL Coach ...more

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Mike Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 63
Minnesota Vikings Mike Zimmer is an American football coach who is the 9th head coach of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He previously was a defensive coordinator in the NFL with the Dallas ...more

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Sean McVay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 33
Sean McVay is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League.

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Doug Pederson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 51
Doug Irvin Pederson is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. He spent most of his career as a member of the Green Bay Packers, serving as a backup to Brett ...more

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Dan Quinn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 28
Atlanta Falcons Dan Quinn is an American Football defensive back for the Western Michigan Broncos.

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John Fox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 64
Chicago Bears John Fox is an American football coach, who currently is the head coach of the Chicago Bears. He has also coached the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. A former defensive back, Fox is ...more

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Jack Del Rio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 56
Oakland Raiders Jack Louis Del Rio, Jr. is an American football coach who is currently the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He was a professional football player who played linebacker for four teams over ...more

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Chuck Pagano is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 59
Indianapolis Colts Charles David "Chuck" Pagano is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League, a position he ...more

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Bill O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 50
Houston Texans William J. "Bill" O'Brien is the current head coach and offensive coordinator of the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He previously was the head coach of the Penn State ...more

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Jason Garrett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 53
Dallas Cowboys Jason Calvin Garrett is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. Garrett was formerly the offensive ...more

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Marvin Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 61
Cincinnati Bengals Marvin Ronald Lewis is the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League, a position he has held since January 14, 2003, making him the 2nd longest tenured head coach in ...more

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Jay Gruden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 52
Washington Redskins Jay Michael Gruden is an American football coach and former quarterback who is currently the head coach of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. During his time in the Arena ...more

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Todd Bowles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 56
New York Jets Todd Robert Bowles is an American football head coach for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He played eight seasons in the NFL as a safety, mainly for the Washington Redskins, ...more

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63 51
Kyle Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 40
Kyle Shanahan is an American football coach who is currently the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. Shanahan, at 28 years, 26 days old, became the ...more

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Adam Gase is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
Adam Gase

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Jim Caldwell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 64
Detriot Lions James "Jim" Caldwell is an American football coach, who is currently the head coach of the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. Caldwell served as the head football coach at ...more

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Sean McDermott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
age 43
Sean McDermott is a former American football long snapper / tight end in the National Football League. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001. He played ...more