Rank 'Em: Super Bowl Coaches

Created: January 28, 2008, 5:31 PM

Tom Landry might have been the most fashionable Super Bowl coach but was he also the best?
Super Bowl week is here and SportsCenter is helping to start the celebration by ranking the best Super Bowl performances and careers of all-time.

Each weekday leading up to the big game, cast your votes and rank that day's Top 10. Then tune in to SportCenter to see how SportsNation's rankings match up with the experts.

The following is a schedule of categories:

Monday: Top Super Bowl individual performances

Tuesday: Top Super Bowl coaches

Wednesday: Top Super Bowl careers

Thursday: Top Super Bowl games

Friday: Top Super Bowl teams

Rank the top Super Bowl coaches of all-time now! Just click on the photos below to get started!
 

 
  • Already the winner of three Super Bowls as the Patriots' head coach and with the chance to make it four, Belichick also served as defensive coordinator for the Giants in Super Bowls XXI and XXV (both wins), and assistant head coach/secondary for the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI.
  • Gibbs just left the game for a second time, but his first stint with the Redskins is what put him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Redskins' sideline leader took the franchise to four Super Bowls (winning three), and each of his Super victories were orchestrated by a different quarterback (Joe Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien).
  • The Cowboys won three Super Bowls in four seasons (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX) and the first two came via the hand and eye of Johnson, who built the team of the '90s with some clever wheeling and dealing and a lot of draft picks.
  • Landry guided "America's Team" to victories in Super Bowls VI and XII with his celebrated "Doomsday Defense" that gave up a combined 13 points in both games. Landry also brought a dose of style to the proceedings with his legendary GQ-worthy suits and fedora hat.
  • Winner of the first two Super Bowls and the man the championship trophy is named after, Lombardi's impact was mostly felt prior to the Super Bowl Era but his legacy is hard to match.
  • He remains the only coach in NFL history to win four Super Bowls (in six years) and was the guiding force of the Steelers' dynasty of the '70s. He was also on Don Shula's coaching staff in Baltimore when the Colts lost in Super Bowl III. Pittsburgh remains the only team to win back-to-back Super Bowls on two different occasions.
  • One of only five head coaches to take two different franchises to the Super Bowl, Parcells is also the only head coach in NFL history to take four different teams to the playoffs. He captured wins with the Giants in Super Bowls XXI and XXV and took New England to Super Bowl XXXI.
  • The Broncos won consecutive Super Bowls (XXXII and XXXIII), the first as a wild card team in 1997 (upsetting the Packers in San Diego) and as a dominant team in 1998. Shanahan's Broncos opened 13-0 before finishing 14-2 and beating the Falcons in Miami in what proved to be QB John Elway's final game.
  • No man has been the head coach in more Super Bowls (six) and (perhaps only temporarily) the leader of the only unbeaten and un-tied team in NFL history, his 1972 Dolphins finishing 17-0 and winning Super Bowl VII. Shula is also one of only five head coaches to take two different franchises to the Super Bowl, and the first to take a team to three straight Super Bowls (Dolphins in Super Bowls VI, VII and VIII).
  • Just like Chuck Noll, Walsh inherited a struggling franchise and brought them to new heights. The innovative offensive mind led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl in just his third season, and that win (over Cincinnati in Super Bowl XVI) was followed by triumphs in Super Bowls XIX and XXIII, the latter his final game as the Niners' head coach.