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Ranking the 2022 NFL playoff head coaches, from Bill Belichick to Rich Bisaccia

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Ranking the 2022 NFL playoff head coaches, from Bill Belichick to Rich Bisaccia

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The 2021-22 NFL playoffs feature five coaches with Super Bowl championships and four rookies.

Bill Belichick and Andy Reid are at the top of our NFL playoff coaching rankings, of course, and it’s hard to argue with 36 playoff appearances and eight Super Bowl wins. Belichick is a default at the top, but the rest of the list has some interesting debates.

Should Green Bay’s Matt LaFleur be ranked ahead of Los Angeles’ Sean McVay? Try the same question with Sean McDermott from Buffalo and Mike Vrabel from Tennessee. Of course, Mike McCarthy is also back in the playoffs.

It will be interesting to see which first timer in Kliff Kingsbury, Zac Taylor, Nick Sirianni and Rich Bisaccia can pick up his first victory.

With that in mind, here’s a look at Sporting News NFL’s playoff coaching rankings:

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1. Bill Belichick, Patriots

Registration: 290-143 (31-12 playoffs)

Belichick tied Don Shula with an NFL record 19th playoff appearance as he led New England to a 10-7 record this season. Belichick has won six Super Bowls as a head coach and two more as a coordinator, and his presence in the playoffs alone makes the rubber game with Buffalo interesting. Can Belichick lead a playoff series without Tom Brady? We are about to find out.

2. Andy Reid, Chiefs

Registration: 233-135-1, (17-15)

Reid is fourth all-time with 17 playoff appearances. There are good reasons to put Reid at No. 1 based on the “right now” factor. The Chiefs are looking for a third straight trip to the Super Bowl, and the Reid-Patrick Mahomes combo is 6-2 in the playoffs. Reid is 7-6 in the playoffs since taking over at Kansas City.

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3. Mike Tomlin, Steelers

Registration: 154-85-2 (8-8)

Tomlin has two Super Bowl appearances, and the Steelers have never had a losing record since taking over in 2008. Pittsburgh, however, hasn’t won a playoff game since 2016. The Steelers have led a last-minute playoff series to extend Ben Roethlisberger’s farewell tour, but a matchup with the Chiefs won’t be easy. That said, Tomlin might have some tricks to make him competitive.

4. Bruce Arians, Buccaneers

Registration: 80-48-1 (5-2)

Arians joined the Super Bowl-winning fraternity last season, and he has a shot at leading the Buccaneers to back-to-back championships. Tom Brady helps, but Tampa Bay has dealt with injuries and the fallout of Antonio Brown’s release after Week 17. Still, the pieces are in place for another run, and if anything, we’re not talking enough of Tampa Bay right now.

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5. Matt LaFleur, Packers

Registration: 39-10 (2-2)

LaFleur led the Packers to the best regular season record, and that includes back-to-back NFC North Championship appearances. Green Bay is set for another run as the No. 1 seed, and the drama will be high given last year’s offseason with Aaron Rodgers. LaFleur was asked about the late field goal against Tampa Bay in last year’s NFC Championship. He reacted well, but now it’s time for a Super Bowl run. It won’t be easy.

6. Sean McVay, Rams

Registration: 55-26, 3-3

McVay led the Rams to four 10-win seasons in five years, and he has one Super Bowl appearance. LaFleur did, however, win the playoff head-to-head last year and the regular season head-to-head this year. The Rams have the star power to make another run, but it’s up to McVay to lead it now.

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7. Mike McCarthy, Cowboys

Registration: 144-92-2, 10-8

McCarthy also has a Green Bay winning record with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. He’s the fifth coach on this list with a Super Bowl championship, and he’s back in the playoffs after leading Dallas to a 12-5 record. McCarthy is making his 10th playoff appearance and his teams have won at least one game in six of those 10 seasons. He hasn’t made the playoffs since 2016. We’re going to make him prove it again.

8. Mike Vrabel, Titans

Registration: 41-24 (4-2)

Vrabel has won four straight seasons and the Titans are the No. 1 seed in the AFC despite injury to Derrick Henry. Tennessee was a draw last season, and they’ll have a tough game in the second round. Can Vrabel bring this team back to the AFC Championship, this time with home advantage?

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9. Sean McDermott, bills

Registration: 49-32 (2-3)

McDermott is on a roll in the regular season. The Bills are 34-15 in the regular season, which is tied for the third-best record in the NFL this streak. McDermott led the Bills to the AFC Championship last season, and the talent is there on both sides to make another playoff run.

10. Kyle Shanahan, 49ers

Registration: 39-42 (2-1)

Shanahan has a Super Bowl run, and the 49ers have had an impressive playoff run this season. That said, Vrabel and McDermott have been more consistent in the regular season. Shanahan can prove it once again by leading San Francisco to an upset victory in the highly publicized showdown against the Cowboys.

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11. Kliff Kingsbury, Cardinals

Registration: 24-24-1 (0-0)

Kingsbury is making its first playoff appearance, and there have been ups and downs for the Cardinals this season. Kyler Murray was the right choice to build the franchise, and injuries have hampered this season. Still, Arizona has won 11 games in a division that has produced three playoff teams.

12. Zac Taylor, Bengals

Registration: 16-32-1 (0-0)

Taylor’s first two seasons produced a 6-25-1 record, but he silenced most critics by guiding the Bengals to a 10-7 record and the AFC North Division title. The Bengals have a top-10 offense with 27.1 points per game, and Taylor has proven himself to be the right coach for a team built around offensive stars Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase. If the Bengals break a playoff winning drought that dates back to 1990, it will drive that point home.

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13. Nick Sirianni, Eagles

Registration: 9-8 (0-0)

Sirianni is one of six rookie coaches to start the season, and he’s the only one to make the playoffs. The Eagles ranked 12th in the NFL in points (26.1), and Sirianni maximized the talents of quarterback Jalen Hurts. Philadelphia has also won six of its last eight games.

14. Rich Bisaccia, Raiders

Registration: 7-5 (0-0)

It’s by no means a blow to Bisaccia, who took the Raiders to the playoffs as interim coach after Jon Gruden resigned. The 61-year-old coach has been a lifelong assistant in college and professional football since 1983. Bisaccia deserves consideration for the Raiders’ job, especially if they can beat Cincinnati in the AFC Wild Card Round.



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