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The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time 

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Updated June 25, 2019 2k votes 418 voters 10.6k views 19 items

There have been many New York Jets coaches since the team got its start, but who is truly the best New York Jets coach of all time? With Todd Bowles stepping in to fill Rex Ryan's shoes, 2015-2016 should be an interesting season for New York. Upvote your favorites on this list of New York Jets coaches, and downvote any that you believe brought the team down.

Rex Ryan served as the Jets coach from 2009-2014, leading the team to two AFC Championship games with rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez. They never made it to the Super Bowl under Ryan, but had a decent few years of being a contender in the NFL.

The Jets won their only Super Bowl under coach Weeb Ewbank. They were victorious in Super Bowl III, the game where Joe Namath famously guaranteed that the Jets would win.

Who is the greatest New York Jets coach of all time? 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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Weeb Ewbank is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 91 (1907-1998)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Richmond, Wayne Township, Indiana

Wilbur Charles "Weeb" Ewbank (May 6, 1907 – November 17, 1998) was an American professional football coach. He led the Baltimore Colts to NFL championships in 1958 and 1959 and the New ...more
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Bill Parcells is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Bill Parcells Age: 78

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey

Duane Charles "Bill" Parcells (born August 22, 1941), also known as "The Big Tuna", is an American former football coach who was a head coach in the National Football League ...more
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Rex Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Age: 57

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: USA, Ardmore, Oklahoma

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 ...more

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Herman Edwards is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Age: 65

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, United States of America

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams, San Diego State Aztecs football

Herman Edwards Jr. (born April 27, 1954) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the head coach at Arizona State University. From 2009 to 2017, he was a pro football ...more

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Walt Michaels is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Age: 90

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Swoyersville, Pennsylvania

Walter Edward Michaels (October 16, 1929 – July 10, 2019) was a professional American football player and coach who was best remembered for his six-year tenure as head coach of the NFL's New ...more
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Eric Mangini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Age: 48

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America

Eric Anthony Mangini (born January 19, 1971) is an American football coach who last served as the defensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). Mangini ...more

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Pete Carroll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Age: 68

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Teams: Pacific Tigers football

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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Joe Walton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Age: 84

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Joseph Frank Walton (born December 15, 1935) is a former American football player and coach who most recently retired after 20 years as the head football coach and creator of the football ...more
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Al Groh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Age: 75

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Albert Michael Groh II (born July 13, 1944) is an American football analyst and former player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Wake Forest University from 1981 to 1986 and at ...more
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Sammy Baugh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 94 (1914-2008)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Temple, Texas, United States of America

Teams: Washington Redskins, TCU Horned Frogs football, Columbus Red Birds

Samuel Adrian Baugh (March 17, 1914 – December 17, 2008) was an American football player and coach. During his college and professional careers, he most notably played quarterback, but also ...more

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Adam Gase is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Vincent Memoli added Adam Gase

Birthplace: Ypsilanti, Michigan

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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Todd Bowles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Age: 56

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey

Todd Robert Bowles (born November 18, 1963) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL), as well as a former ...more
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Bruce Coslet is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Age: 73

Nationality: United States of America

Bruce Coslet (born August 5, 1946) is a former American college and professional football player and professional football coach. A tight end, he played for the University of the Pacific and in ...more
14
Lou Holtz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Age: 82

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Follansbee, West Virginia, United States of America

Teams: Kent State Golden Flashes football

Louis Leo Holtz (born January 6, 1937) is a former American football player, coach, and analyst. He served as the head football coach at The College of William & Mary (1969–1971), North ...more

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Bulldog Turner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 79 (1919-1998)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Plains, Texas

Clyde Douglas "Bulldog" Turner (March 10, 1919 – October 30, 1998) was an American football player and coach. He was elected, as a player, to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1960 ...more
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Charley Winner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Age: 95

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Somerville, New Jersey

Charley Winner (born July 2, 1924) is a former a football coach whose professional and personal life was closely intertwined with that of Weeb Ewbank, another coach. Winner was born in ...more
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Ken Shipp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Ken Shipp Dec. at 83 (1929-2012)

Birthplace: Old Hickory, Tennessee

Kenneth Allen Shipp (February 3, 1929 – March 5, 2012) was an American college and professional football coach. He served as an offensive coordinator and receivers coach in the National Football ...more
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Mike Holovak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 89 (1919-2008)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Lansford, Pennsylvania

Michael Joseph Holovak (September 19, 1919 – January 27, 2008) was an American football player, coach, and executive. He played college football at Boston College, where he was named an ...more
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Rich Kotite is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Jets Coaches of All Time
Age: 77

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Richard Edward Kotite (born October 13, 1942) is a former National Football League player and coach.