Sep 15, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Bill Parcells (left) talks with New York Giants hall of famer Lawrence Taylor during 1st quarter against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
1. Bill Parcells
It’s up for debate whether he’s the greatest coach in league history, but there is no question he is the most impactful. The Bill Parcell’s coaching tree starts with him and branches out to the likes of Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin, Sean Payton and many others.
Parcells, won coach of the year in 1986, as well as a Lombardi trophy. Coaching one of the greatest linebacker units of all-time, and arguably the greatest defensive player of all-time in Lawrence Taylor. He then did one of the greater coaching jobs of all-time in 1990, when starting quarterback Phil Simms was injured late in the season and replaced by backup Jeff Hostetler.
Hostetler, led the team on a magical run to win games against the reigning champs in San Francisco and eventually against a great Buffalo team in the Super Bowl. How many coaches could lose their starting quarterback in week 15 and still bring home a championship? It’s a testament to his impact as a leader of men. I don’t think there is much debate with Parcells at number 1.