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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

New England Patriots

William Stephen Belichick ( or (; born April 16, 1952) is an American football coach who serves as the head coach of the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). His extensive ...more

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Andy Reid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

Kansas City Chiefs

Andrew Walter Reid (born March 19, 1958) is an American football head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). Reid was previously the head coach of the ...more

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Sean Payton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

New Orleans Saints

Patrick Sean Payton (born December 29, 1963) is an American football coach and former player who is the current head coach of the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). Payton ...more
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Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

Seattle Seahawks

Peter Clay Carroll (born September 15, 1951) is an American football coach who is the head coach and executive vice president of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He is ...more

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John Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

Baltimore Ravens

John W. Harbaugh (born September 23, 1962) is the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). Previously, he coached the defensive backs for the Philadelphia Eagles ...more
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Mike Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

Pittsburgh Steelers

Michael Pettaway Tomlin (born March 15, 1972) is an American football coach who is the 16th head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL), having led the team since ...more

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Sean McVay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

Los Angeles Rams

Sean McVay (born January 24, 1986) is an American football coach who serves as the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). Upon his hiring in 2017 at the age of ...more
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Bruce Arians is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

Arizona Cardinals

Bruce Charles Arians (born October 3, 1952) is an American football coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL) and a former player. He was the head coach of the ...more
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Ron Rivera is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

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Carolina Panthers

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Doug Pederson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
Doug Pederson

Philadelphia Eagles

Douglas Irving Pederson (born January 31, 1968) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He ...more
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Mike Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

Minnesota Vikings

Michael Zimmer (born June 5, 1956) is an American football head coach. He is currently the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He previously was a ...more
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Dan Quinn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

Atlanta Falcons

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

San Francisco 49ers

Kyle Michael Shanahan (born December 14, 1979) is an American football coach who is the current head coach of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). Previously, he served ...more
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Bill O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

Houston Texans

William James O'Brien (born October 23, 1969) is an American football coach who is currently the head coach of the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was the head coach of ...more
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Sean McDermott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

Buffalo Bills

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).
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Jason Garrett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
Jason Garrett

Dallas Cowboys

Jason Calvin Garrett (born March 28, 1966) is an American football coach and former player who is the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was the offensive ...more

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Matt Patricia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
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Detroit Lions

Matthew Edward Patricia (born September 13, 1974) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served 14 seasons ...more
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Jay Gruden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

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Washington Redskins

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Frank Reich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

Indianapolis Colts

Frank Michael Reich Jr. (rye-k) (born December 4, 1961) is an American football coach and former player who is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). ...more

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Adam Gase is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
Adam Gase

New York Jets

Adam Gase is the current Offensive Coordinator for the Chicago Bears. He was previously the Offensive Coordinator for the Denver Broncos for two seasons. Gase has also coached for the LSU ...more
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Matt Nagy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

Chicago Bears

Matthew Nagy ( NEH-ghee or NAG-ee); born April 24, 1978) is an American football coach and former arena football quarterback. He currently serves as the head coach for the Chicago Bears of the ...more
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Jon Gruden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

Oakland Raiders

Jon David Gruden (born August 17, 1963) is an American football coach who is the head coach of the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He first served as the Raiders' head ...more
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Anthony Lynn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

Los Angeles Chargers

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). ...more
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Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches

Tennessee Titans

Michael George Vrabel (; born August 14, 1975) is an American football coach and former linebacker who is the current head coach of the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He ...more

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Matt LaFleur is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NFL Coaches
Matt LaFleur

Green Bay Packers

Matthew Patrick LaFleur (born November 14, 1979) is an American football coach who is the head coach for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He has spent time as ...more