RotoPat’s 2024 NFL head coach rankings: Analysis for all 32 teams


2024 was the most “not for long” offseason in NFL history. There were a record-tying eight vacancies — 25 percent of the league — and luminaries amidst the carnage. Mike Vrabel separately reached an AFC Championship Game and earned a No. 1 seed during his six years in Tennessee. He had two losing seasons. Sacked. Pete Carroll had one losing campaign in 12 tries since 2011. Gone. Bill Belichick? Not only fired, he could barely even get an interview after the fact.

Teams are refusing to be borne back ceaselessly into the past, instead ruthlessly staying the course of football’s future. Efficient offenses. Ever-more sophisticated defenses. “Player’s coaches.” The good ol’ boys network has been replaced by the Kyle Shanahan/Sean McVay assembly line. The league still loves a good legacy hire, but it better be from the right tree.

As I say every year, players, owners, assistants, injuries and acts of God can matter as much as coaching ability. That’s why, though this is a rankings article, I try not to think of it that way. I view it as more of an almanac, an assessment of where the league’s 32 coaches find themselves right now. How they got here and where they might be going. Last year’s list can be found here. 2022’s is here.

Who is the best coach in the NFL?

1. Andy Reid, Chiefs
Career Record: 258-145-1 (.641)
With The Chiefs Since: 2013
Last Year’s Ranking: 1

One reason Andy Reid is still winning Super Bowls and Bill Belichick is on forced sabbatical? Reid made the adjustment. Everyone — and we are assuming most of all, Reid — loves Patrick Mahomes’ down-field pyrotechnics. But the Chiefs just didn’t have the weapons in 2023. What did Reid do? He didn’t hire Bill O’Brien or Matt Patricia for the third time. He took his medicine and made Mahomes a game manager. The Chiefs scored 371 points, good for 15th in the league: And their third Lombardi in five seasons. It wasn’t only Reid’s play-calling, of course. It was also what he…

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Publish date : 2024-04-02 15:02:18

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