There are 25 NFL coaches who have never won a Super Bowl. That jaw-dropping stat is in large part to New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who has won six in his career. With the 2019 season fast approaching, here are the 10 NFL coaches with the best chance to win their first Super Bowl this season.
10. Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans
It appears as though Bill O’Brien may finally have all the pieces in place he needs to contend for a championship. He’s got a talented quarterback in DeShaun Watson. He has a playmaker in DeAndre Hopkins. All he needs is an offensive line that can hold up to protect Watson. A trade for Washington Redskins’ tackle Trent Williams could move him up the list.
9. Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers
Ron Rivera nearly tasted championship success, losing a Super Bowl to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in 2016. He’s one of the few active NFL coaches to appear in a Super Bowl, let alone win it. With Cam Newton looking healthy, 2020 may be the year for Rivera to actually get it done.
8. Freddie Kitchens, Cleveland Browns
After some historically bad losing seasons, the Browns went a respectable (for them) 7-8-1 last season. Now new head coach Freddie Kitchens has gone from playing with house money to having all the expectations in the world. He’s got a stud quarterback in Baker Mayfield and a talented weapon in Odell Beckham at wide receiver. The Browns are considered championship contenders, so anything less than a division title will disappoint the fans.
7. Matt LaFleur, Green Bay Packers
After a somewhat acrimonious departure for Mike McCarthy, the former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur steps in to see if he can fix what ailed Green Bay. With one of the best quarterbacks of all time under center in Aaron Rodgers and a great relationship with him, too, he’s got a great chance to turn things around.
6. Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys
Every year it seems like there’s speculation about Jason Garrett’s job. But look beyond the playoff disappointments, and you’ll see a coach with two division titles in three years. If Jerry Jones can finalize a deal for Ezekiel Elliott (which he’d be crazy not to), there’s no reason to think the Cowboys won’t be a viable threat to go all the way.
5. Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings
Zimmer needs better quarterback play out of Kirk Cousins this season if he hopes to take the Vikings to the Super Bowl. If he can’t get that, then he Zimmer may be on his last shot in Minnesota. They made it to the NFC championship game two years ago, so a return trip to the Super Bowl isn’t unlikely if everything falls their way.
4. Anthony Lynn, L.A. Chargers
Like Jason Garrett, Chargers’ coach Anthony Lynn is waiting with bated breath on a star running back to end his holdout. In the Chargers’ case, it’s Melvin Gordon. Even if L.A. trades Gordon, the Chargers should have the depth to get back to the playoffs and make a Super Bowl run. Philip Rivers gives them a great chance to do some damage once they get there, and that makes Lynn one of the NFL coaches who could compete for his first championship.
3. Sean McVay, L.A. Rams
Last season, fans and media alike fell in love with head coaching wunderkind Sean McVay. Now with a Super Bowl appearance under his belt, expectations are higher for McVay. The Rams have a great young quarterback in Jared Goff and a stacked defense, so they should be set for years to come.
2. Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears
After one disastrous 43-yard kick ended the Bears’ playoff push in 2018, coach Matt Nagy made it his mission in the offseason to address the kicking game. Chicago fans are hoping he succeeded. If he did, then the Bears have a monster defense in place and a promising young quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky.
1. Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
Andy Reid has had the most opportunities to win a Super Bowl of anyone on our list. He’s come as close as you can without winning it. He made four trips to the NFC championship game with Philadelphia and lost to New England in the AFC title game last year. The Chiefs have bolstered their defense, and Patrick Mahomes will only get better. Reid has a good chance to win his first championship and finally get the monkey off his back.