During the 2014 NFL offseason, there has been discussion about the state of the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Seattle Seahawks, and whether they are building a dynasty. There is no question that they looked dominant all year and in the big game they managed to make one of the best offenses in the league look foolish. On offense, they have Russell Wilson, one of the most exciting young quarterbacks in the league, who has been able to use his speed and athleticism to make plays even when his rock solid offensive line breaks down. Taking hand-offs from Wilson is Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch, one of the most powerful running backs in the league today, with the speed to get to the outside and power to put any defensive back and even some linebackers on the floor. On top of that they have reliable receivers who can react to the mobility of Wilson almost at will.
On the defensive side of the ball, while they have solid defensive linemen and linebackers, arguably the strongest point of their 2013 defense was their defensive backs, consisting of three Pro Bowlers; Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and of course, the 2013 interception league leader, Richard Sherman. Keeping on point with Seattle’s secondary; the dominance of these three men was not only due to their own skills. Basically put: they have Pete Carroll in part to thank because his defensive scheme is partially aimed at preventing big plays, which these men did with absolute impunity, notably against Colin Kaepernick and sorry receiver Michael Crabtree. Aside from the players, who are all incredibly talented, it is important to look at coaching as the foundation of any Super Bowl winning football program. Pete Carroll has (and rightfully so) received plenty of praise in the past year, not only for the players he has drafted during his time as head coach in Seattle, but also the way he has put these players to work with his teams.
It is undeniable that Pete Carroll has performed brilliantly as coach of the Seahawks. In just four years, he has managed to win the Super Bowl and many people are so impressed with his current squad that they are beginning to use the word “dynasty.” It will be interesting to see, in the next few years, if Carroll’s systems do continue to hold up. Unfortunately for the gentlemen on this list, no matter how skilled a coach is, there is no guarantee of a Super Bowl ring. Here is the top ten winningest NFL head coaches who have not won a Super Bowl. In terms of our methodology, we have only looked at coaches who started their head coaching careers after 1966 (the first year of the Super Bowl) and only Super Bowls won as head coach will count, as some on this list won the big game as assistant coaches or offensive/defensive coordinators. Finally, the win statistic that will be used is regular season plus playoff game wins.
10 Dennis Green: 117 Wins
9 Norv Turner: 118 Wins
Well, this might a rough year for Turner, as he recently became the offensive coordinator for the Vikings who looked pretty bad last year bringing up the rear of the NFC North. However, there is hope with Adrian Peterson and Cordarrelle Patterson.
8 Jim Mora: 125 Wins
7 Andy Reid: 151 Wins
After achieving solid success with the Green Bay Packers’ offense throughout the 90’s, Reid was hired by the Eagles to be their head coach. He had some solid talent to work with and build the team into a very consistent playoff contender, with six NFC East division wins in the 2000’s. Unfortunately, his Eagles only went to the Super Bowl once in 2004, where they were defeated by the New England Patriots.
6 Marv Levy: 154 Wins
5 Jeff Fisher: 161 Wins
4 Bud Grant: 168 Wins
3 Chuck Knox: 193 Wins
2 Dan Reeves: 201 Wins
1 Marty Schottenheimer: 205 Wins
Marty is one of the best coaches ever, but he has the most wins of any coach who has never won the Super Bowl. Schottenheimer coached four different teams over the course of his career. He coached the Browns for five seasons in the late 80’s, the Chiefs from 1989 until 1998, the Redskins in 2001 and, after a two year break from coaching, the San Diego Chargers from 2002 until his retirement in 2006. His teams made the playoffs thirteen times, but was never able to get further than the AFC Championship, losing there three times.
His UFL coaching career was more successful as he led the Virginia Destroyers to a league title back in 2011. That league has since folded. It probably wasn’t the league championship that he wanted, but it still counts. Either way, Super Bowl ring or not, Schottenheimer has a win percentage over .600 , the fifth most wins of an NFL head coach and a very respectable career.
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