NFL.COM ranked the top ten motivational coaches in NFL history and three former Chiefs coaches made the cut. I don’t necessarily agree with the order they are ranked but you can’t argue with the roster:
10.Bum Phillips: In addition to being one of the NFL’s all-time outrageous characters, Bum Phillips helped turn the Houston Oilers into those “Luv Ya Blue” winners.
9.Sam Wyche: It can be argued that Sam Wyche’s most famous motivational speech wasn’t given to players, but fans, in his “you don’t live in Cleveland” rant.
8.Hank Stram: Hank Stram’s wiring during Super Bowl IV is the stuff of legend, as it gave fans valuable insight on the coaching techniques of this Hall-of-Famer.
7.Bill Parcells: Bill Parcells took over a down-and-out Giants team and won two Super Bowls, then later turned around the fortunes of a miserable Patriots team.
6. Bill Cowher: After getting his team to the brink of championships, Bill Cowher capped his coaching career with a Super Bowl victory following the 2005 season.
5.George Allen: George Allen hated losing, once saying, “Everytime you lose, you die a little bit. You die inside … not all of your organs, maybe just your liver.”
4.Marty Schottenheimer: Marty Schottenheimer was old school, told it like it was, and gave some of the most memorable and unique pregame speeches in NFL history.
3.Jon Gruden: His facial contortions earned him the nickname “Chucky,” but Jon Gruden’s intense motivational style helped Tampa Bay finally win a Super Bowl.
2.Dick Vermeil: The always emotional Dick Vermeil’s motivation-by-inspiration approach helped make instant champs of the woebegone St. Louis Rams.
1.Vince Lombardi: Vince Lombardi’s autocratic style didn’t exactly endear players to him, but the championship results are a valuable cornerstone of NFL history.