Tackles Ranking the Top Ten Motivational Coaches in NFL History

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.

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3 Responses to “ Tackles Ranking the Top Ten Motivational Coaches in NFL History”

  1. NorthStarr says:

    I’m a Packers fan, sure, but I gotta wonder…

    Where the hell is George Halas on this list of top motivational coaches in NFL history?

  2. Marc F. says:

    I am wondering why I don’t see Tom Landry on that list.

  3. JerseyAl says:

    This is an awful list. As the other commenter noted – no George Halas? Dick Vermeil #2? OMG – Gruden #3? Are you kidding? Parcells only at #7?