Power Ranking All 32 NFL Head Coaches Before Training Camp

Ranking the Best NFL Head Coaches of 2014 - Training Camp Edition

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There's not a week that goes by during the NFL season where a coach isn't labeled as being on the hot seat. Once the season is in the books, the coaching carousel goes into full swing, with five or six typically losing their jobs. Some are lucky to even make it to the offseason.

But right now all 32 NFL coaches' jobs are safe. Here are best in the business, from 32 to 1:

32. Jason Garrett

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32. Jason Garrett

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You have to believe that Garrett is truly down to his last chance with the Cowboys in 2014. The guy has been average at best in Big D, and the only reason he's still around is because he's Jerry's boy. Garrett is not a leader of men.

31. Mike Pettine

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31. Mike Pettine

Cleveland Browns Introduce Mike Pettine

Pettine comes in at No. 31 because let's face it -- he's a rookie taking over a bad team. If there's a coaching situation with lots of room to improve, it's the one in Cleveland.

30. Jay Gruden

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30. Jay Gruden

Cincinnati Bengals, Jay Gruden

'This guy' is Jon Gruden's brother, so he'll be a natural at leading an NFL team. Right? It's possible, but Gruden has lots to learn before the season kicks off. If RG3 plays like he did in 2012, Gruden will be in business. If RG3 plays like he did in 2013, his first season could be a rough one. Either way he'll be more popular than Mike Shanahan.

29. Mike Zimmer

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29. Mike Zimmer

Mike Zimmer Minnesota Vikings

Zimmer is not your typical rookie head coach. He's been coaching in the NFL for 20 years on the defensive side of the ball, and for the most part, he's had great success. Will it translate to the head coaching gig in Minnesota?

28. Bill O'Brien

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28. Bill O'Brien

Houston Texans Introduce Bill O'Brien

O'Brien seems like he was born to be an NFL head coach. He comes in at No. 28 solely because he's never been the head coach of a team in the NFL. Look for him to rise up the coaching rankings as the weeks go by.

27. Dennis Allen

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27. Dennis Allen

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At No. 27 we start in on coaches with some NFL heading coaching experience. Allen is the head guy in Oakland for at least one more season, but he'll need to have the Raiders pointed in the right direction by January to be brought back in 2015.

26. Doug Marrone

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26. Doug Marrone

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Marrone is another head coach with a tough task in front of him. The Bills haven't been to the playoffs since the days of Doug Flutie, so if he can get them close, you have to like his chances of being retained for another year.

25. Joe Philbin

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25. Joe Philbin

Joe Philbin

Philbin deserves credit for not letting the Dolphins fall completely apart after the Richie Incognito fiasco last season. However, he's still entering a make or break season in 2014. If the Dolphins don't take the proverbial next step, Philbin will surely be shown the door.

24. Ken Whisenhunt

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24. Ken Whisenhunt

Ken Whisenhunt

Whisenhunt is back as the head guy after taking one year off to be the OC in San Diego. The Titans aren't exactly in great shape, but Whisenhut should have them back to playing respectable football in no time.

23. Jim Caldwell

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23. Jim Caldwell

Detroit Lions Introduce Jim Caldwell

Unlike most players on the Lions' roster, Caldwell has actually been to the Super Bowl. He coached one of the all-time great offensive units in Indianapolis, and he knows what it takes to win. Will his experience help the Lions bounce back in 2014?

22. Gus Bradley

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22. Gus Bradley

Gus Bradley

The Jaguars are in far better shape than they were a year ago at this time, and Bradley is the main reason why. He's proven himself as a great defensive mind and slowly but surely he's changing the culture in Jacksonville.

21. Mike McCoy

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21. Mike McCoy

Mike McCoy San Diego Chargers

McCoy had a fantastic rookie season in San Diego. Can he duplicate that success in 2014 without Ken Whisenhunt? That's the big question. But with plenty of talent to work with, the odds are that San Diego will be in the playoff hunt yet again this season.

20. Chip Kelly

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20. Chip Kelly

Release of DeSean Jackson Revealed Chip Kelly's True Coaching Colors

Kelly's offense was a success in Year 1, but you know defenses will be better prepared in 2014. At the same time, you know Kelly is making crucial adjustments. Look for the Eagles to keep flying high this season.

19. Ron Rivera

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19. Ron Rivera

Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers

Riverboat Ron could be in for a rude awakening in 2014. The Panthers finally got over the hump last season, but they didn't exactly have a great 2014 offseason with the losses of many key players. We'll find out how good of a coach Rivera really is this year.

18. Mike Smith

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18. Mike Smith

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Here we have another coach entering a 'prove it' type of season. Smith has been successful during his tenure in the ATL, but after last year's collapse, he must right the ship.

17. Marc Trestman

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17. Marc Trestman

Marc Trestman Chicago Bears

So far, so good. That's the story of Trestman in Chicago. The Bears' offense was top-tier in 2013, but the defense didn't hold up its end of the bargain. More balance in the Windy City will have the Bears right in the thick of things in the NFC.

16. Lovie Smith

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16. Lovie Smith

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Even though he's been out of the game for a year, there's no doubt that Lovie Smith is one of the best in the business. He'll have the Bucs turned around in no time, likely by building a strong defense.

15. Bruce Arians

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15. Bruce Arians

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The Cardinals are definitely one of the top teams on the rise this season. If they played in any division other than the NFC West, you'd really have to like their chances of making the postseason. Arians has things cooking in the desert, and the Cardinals will be at least an eight or nine win team in 2014.

14. Chuck Pagano

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14. Chuck Pagano

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If there's a dark horse team in the AFC this year, it's the Chuck Pagano-led Colts. Pagano is clearly the right man to lead the up-and-coming team, as players seem to absolutely love him.

13. Jeff Fisher

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13. Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher

Here we have another good coach stuck in a tough division. The Rams' stock is trending upward, and that's thanks in large part to Fisher. He's a proven winner, and it's only a matter of time before St. Louis returns to the postseason.

12. Rex Ryan

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12. Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan

Like him or not, Rex Ryan is a great coach. He's a master motivator who believes in his players. In turn, his players believe in him. Not many coaches could have taken the 2013 Jets to an 8-8 record.

11. Mike McCarthy

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11. Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy

McCarthy doesn't often get mentioned with the game's best coaches, but he deserves to be. He consistently has the Packers in shape to compete in the NFC, and that will be no different in 2014. McCarthy is likely to be in Green Bay for a long time.

10. Marvin Lewis

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10. Marvin Lewis

Marvin Lewis

Even though he's never really won anything, there's something to be said for coaching the Bengals for 11 seasons. But even with his success in Cincinnati, there's no doubt that his time at the helm is ticking away. The Bengals desperately need to make some noise in the postseason.

9. John Fox

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9. John Fox

John Fox

Fox has taken two different teams to the Super Bowl, something very few coaches can say. He's one of the best in the business, even without the star-studded offense at his disposal in Denver.

8. Jim Harbaugh

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8. Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh San Francisco 49ers

It seems like there are more Jim Harbaugh haters by the day. He rubs people the wrong way with his sideline antics and comments, but let's face it -- the guy just wins.

7. John Harbaugh

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7. John Harbaugh

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John gets the nod over his brother Jim mainly because he beat him in the Super Bowl. That, and the fact that he's had the Ravens relevant every season since taking over back in 2008.

6. Andy Reid

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6. Andy Reid

Andy Reid

You rarely hear bad things about Reid for a reason. He's a top-tier NFL coach who only has one glaring thing missing from his resume -- a Super Bowl ring.

5. Tom Coughlin

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5. Tom Coughlin

Tom Coughlin Giants

Although he has a reputation of being hard on players and old school to the extreme, Tom Coughlin is undeniably great at his job. The Giants are once again ready to make a playoff push in 2014, a place you can't say for sure they'd be without their head coach.

4. Mike Tomlin

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4. Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie Minicamp

Tomlin is very underrated in the world of NFL head coaches. He's led the Steelers to the Super Bowl twice in his tenure (2007-present), and boasts an impressive 71-41 overall record. However, he does have something to prove in 2014, as Pittsburgh is coming off two straight 8-8 seasons.

3. Sean Payton

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3. Sean Payton

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Payton's absence in 2012 showed just how good he really is. The Saints were flat out a different team without him. He's going to be in the top five of NFL coaches until he decides to hang up his headset.

2. Pete Carroll

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2. Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks

Many questioned whether Carroll could successfully return to the NFL after a long hiatus in college. But in four short years he's taken the Seahawks from average to elite.

1. Bill Belichick

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1. Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick

Until further notice, Bill Belichick is the King of NFL head coaches. He knows the game of fooball better than anyone, and he knows player development better than anyone. Just look at how many incarnations of the Patriots have been around over the past 14 years, and how almost all of them have been playoff teams (11).


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