How Tom Coughlin Ranks With Active SB Winning Coaches

Since he has won two Super Bowls, many people debate Tom Coughlin’s legacy. Coughlin however is not done adding to his legacy so where does he rank amongst active NFL coaches? The Super Bowl is not the only factor that goes into ranking NFL head coaches. Consistent regular season success, overall postseason record and even the success of the coaching tree, should be part of the evaluation. Make no mistake however, Super Bowl wins are the most important part of a great head coach’s resume.

There are only seven active head coaches with a Super Bowl victory on their resume. Bill Belichick just won his fourth championship in February. Pete Carroll has coached in back to back Super Bowls, winning it all in 2013 with the Seattle Seahawks before losing to the Belichick’s New England Patriots this season.

John Harbaugh has won a playoff game in 6 out of 7 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He won Super Bowl XLVII in 2012, defeating his brother Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers.

Sean Payton won Super Bowl XLIV with the New Orleans Saints. He famously opened the second half with an onside kick, stealing a possession from Peyton Manning‘s Indianapolis Colts. Mike Tomlin has coached in two Super Bowls after replacing Bill Cowher for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tomlin won his first Super Bowl, but lost his second appearance to Mike McCarthy’s Green Bay Packers.

Belichick and Coughlin our the only two active head coaches with a Super Bowl championship. Coughlin is the only head coach to defeat Belichick’s Patriots in the Super Bowl, and he has done it twice. Belichick has won 4 Super Bowls in 6 appearances which makes him the top active coach in Super Bowl glory. Coughlin ranks second.

Belichick is also the king of consistent regular season success. The Patriots have won 10 games or more for 12 consecutive seasons. This level of consistency is unmatched in the NFL.

McCarthy’s Packers rank second in this category with a 94-49 regular season record. Harbaugh’s Ravens rank third in consistent regular season success. Harbaugh is 72-40 in seven years and has never had a losing season. The Ravens have won 10 or more games in five of Harbaugh’s seven seasons. Harbaugh has a better postseason record than McCarthy however.

Dec 14, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin during a time out during the third quarter of a game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Coughlin’s regular season records have been somewhat inconsistent. The Giants have not had a 10 win season since 2010 (They won the Super Bowl in 2011 with a 9-7 record). The 2010 season was the Giants only 10 win season in the past 6 years.

Coughlin’s Giants have finished with a losing season 3 times (2 years in a row). The Giants have been 8-8 twice. The peak years of the Coughlin era were 2005-2008 where he had 3 double digit win seasons in 4 years.

Belichick and Harbaugh must rank No. 1 and 2 amongst active head coaches with a Super Bowl ring. They have had the most consistent success. Carroll has resurrected the Seahawks who have been to the playoffs in 4 of his 5 seasons and won a Super Bowl.

While Harbaugh, Carroll and McCarthy only have one Super Bowl ring, their teams have been the most consistent winners in the NFL, behind the Patriots. Coughlin must be ranked 5th amongst current coaches. He has two Super Bowl wins and must be given his credit for that. Being ranked 5th is a fair spot for Coughlin.

So here is how it all adds up, at least in my opinion:

1. Bill Belichick

2. John Harbaugh

3. Pete Carroll

4. Mike McCarthy

5. Tom Coughlin

6. Sean Payton

7. Mike Tomlin

What do you think, Giants Nation? Please leave your comments below!