The five greatest NFL coaches without a Super Bowl ring

#1: Eagles head coach Andy Reid 

  #3: Titans head coach Jeff Fisher

In a sport like the NFL where the success of a coach is defined by the number of Super Bowl victories, there are a few coaches who still deserve to be considered one of the greatest, even without the ring. Each of the following NFL coaches showed they had the ability to bring success to their team in terms of wins but they never had their moment in the sun and the chance to lift up the Lombardi trophy.

1. Andy Reid


When Reid took over as head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, they were coming off a 1998 NFL worst 3- 13 record. Right away Reid made some decisions that would drastically affect the Eagles for years to come. The most notable one that was not accepted by fans at first was the drafting of quarterback Donovan McNabb in the first round of the 1999 NFL draft.

It took just over one year before Reid’s decision began to pay dividends when the Eagles won the NFC East division title in 2000. Over the next ten years, Reid helped coach the Eagles to a record of 103-56, which included eight trips to the NFL playoffs.

Though Reid was able to bring the Eagles to five NFC Conference games, they were only able to advance to the Super Bowl in 2004, which ended in the Eagles losing to the New England Patriots.

2. Marv Levy

During the 1990’s the Buffalo Bills were one of the most successful franchises in the NFL thanks to the leadership of Marv Levy. During a nine year stretch, from 1988 to 1996, Levy help direct the Bills to a 97-47 record which included seven AFC East championships.

Levy’s success as a head coach extended well beyond the regular season and into the NFL playoffs.

By the time Levy’s coaching career was done in Buffalo, he recorded a 11-8 record in the playoffs. Starting in 1990, head coach Levy, along with Hall of Fame players Jim Kelly, James Lofton, and Bruce Smith, began a reoccurring trend where the Bills were the AFC representative in the Super Bowl for four straight seasons.

Despite the post season success for Harvard grad, Levy’s Bills were never able to get over the final hump and earn a Super Bowl victory.

3. Jeff Fisher

During the middle of the 1994 season, Fisher began his NFL head coaching career with the Tennessee Titans, formerly known as the Houston Oilers, and remains with them this day. Just like Andy Reid, Fisher had a big decision to make during the 1995 NFL draft, eventually choosing quarterback Steve McNair.

The gamble paid off when Fisher helped coach the Titans to a wild card berth during his first full season. Since then, Fisher based on a stout defense and a balanced offense has managed to lead the Titans to a .500 record or better 10 out of 14 times, including six trips to the NFL playoffs.

The lone chance Fisher had a chance to come away with a Super Bowl win was in 1999 when they lost to the St. Louis Rams led by Kurt Warner.

4. Don Coryell

Coryell began his NFL coaching career back in 1973 with the St. Louis Cardinals and made an impact almost right away. For three consecutive years, from 1974-1976, the Cardinals posted double digit wins and earned playoff berths for the first time in 26 years. Despite the success, Coryell did not become a household name until he began coaching for the San Diego Chargers.

In San Diego, with the strong arm of Dan Fouts, Coryell was able to develop one of the more potent passing games anyone had seen in this time. This offense helped provide the spark and earn three straight division titles.

While many players and coaches credit Coryell as the creation of the modern day passing game. As a result of his 3-6 playoff performance, Coryell has not received a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame yet.

5. Marty Schottenheimer

After ten year in the NFL as an assistant coach, Schottenheimer finally had his big break and earned the head coach position with the Cleveland Browns. It only took Schottenheimer one year to help bring the Browns into the NFL playoff picture. During a four year stretch, he directed the Browns to four playoff visits, two of which included the AFC championship game.

Eventually Schottenheimer left Cleveland and moved on to coach in Kansas City for ten years and finished out his career with a five year stint as the head coach of the San Diego Chargers. By the time his career was completed, Schottenheimer had compiled a 200-126-1 overall record that included 13 trips to the playoffs.

Despite the regular season success, Schottenheimer earned a 5-13 record in the playoffs and never made it past the AFC championship game.

-Associated Content from Yahoo Sports

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