Pop quiz hot-shot.

What are the most important positions on a football team?

If you said “quarterback” and “head coach”, go ahead and give yourselves a cookie!

No other positions on a football team are more important than those two positions. If you have a legend at either position, your team is likely seeing a lot of success on the football field.

Just look at the New England Patriots. They have a guy named Bill Belichick as their head coach and he’s the best the business has ever seen and that’s why the Patriots are the greatest football dynasty we’ve ever seen.

So, how good has your football team been at hiring head coaches? It’s no secret that some teams are much better than other teams at this feat and so it’s time to devote some serious time and money into figuring out the best head coaches of every NFL team during the Super Bowl era.

This will be fun trust me.

 

Let’s Rank All Of The Buffalo Bills Head Coaches 

 

 

17. Harvey Johnson

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Years Coached: 1968 (first stint), 1971 (second stint)

Total Games Coached: 26

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 2-23-1

 

Harvey Johnson is proof that the Buffalo Bills have pretty much always had a hard time finding a head coach and constantly make bad hiring decisions. Nothing against Harvey Johnson, who I’m sure was a great guy, but c’mon Buffalo! You gave the guy a shot in 1968 and he went 1-10-1 and you decided not to bring him back. Until three years later you decided to give him another shot and he went 1-13 this time. Yowzers.


 

16. Jim Ringo

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Years Coached: 1976-1977

Total Games Coached: 23

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 3-20

 

Jim Ringo was the Bills’ offensive coordinator who was promoted to head coach after Lou Saban resigned in the 1976 season. Everyone who reads my stuff knows how I feel when an NFL team promotes from within instead of going and getting an outside hire to shake things up. Shockingly, this is just another example of that formula not working.


 

15. Hank Bullough

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Years Coached: 1985-1986

Total Games Coached: 21

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 4-17

 

To be fair, Hank Bullough never got a full season to coach in Buffalo. He replaced Kay Stephenson during the 1985 season after Stephenson was fired. Bullough went 2-10 with that team and some reason earned the right to continue coaching the next season. That didn’t last long though because after a 2-7 start, the Bills sent his ass down the road as well. Buffalo was really struggling to find an identity in the NFL around this time. Doesn’t that sound familiar?


 

14. John Rauch

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Years Coached: 1969-1970

Total Games Coached: 28

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 7-20-1

 

John Rauch was a good head coach for the Oakland Raiders from 1966 to 1968. In three seasons in Oakland, Rauch went 33-8-1 with a Super Bowl appearance against the Packers in Super Bowl II. Rauch had some serious beef with Raiders owner Al Davis which led to his departure from the team that led to his job with the Buffalo Bills. Unfortunately for Rauch, things didn’t go nearly as good in Buffalo as they did in Oakland. After two disappointing seasons. Rauch had serious beef with Bills owner Ralph Wilson which led to his departure from the Bills. If there’s anything you can take away from this it’s that John Rauch hates NFL owners apparently.


 

13. Perry Fewell

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Years Coached: 2009

Total Games Coached: 7

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 3-4

 

Perry Fewell was hired as the Bills defensive coordinator in 2006 and did a great job turning the Bills defense into one of the scariest units in the league. When the Bills fired head coach Dick Jauron in week 10 following a 3-6 start, Fewell was named the interim head coach for the rest of the season. Fewell led the team to a 3-4 finish the rest of the way, but it wasn’t good enough. The Bills fired their whole entire coaching staff and started over. The Perry Fewell era was short, but kinda sweet?


12. Kay Stephenson

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Years Coached: 1983-1985

Total Games Coached: 36

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 10-26

 

Kay Stephenson was hired as Bills head coach in 1983 following the somewhat successful coaching regime of Chuck Knox. Stephenson reportedly was surprised that the Bills hired him as he never truly thought he was a candidate for the job. Perhaps he never should’ve been because after three seasons of “MEH”, the Bills fired him four games into the 1985 season following an 0-4 start. Whoops.


11. Chan Gailey

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Years Coached: 2010-2012

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 16-32

 

Chan Gailey was a weird hire when the Bills hired him as their head coach. Gailey was previously the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator who was let go by head coach Todd Haley. Gailey spent the entire 2009 season out of football and somehow someway made his return to the game WITH A HEAD COACHING JOB! There’s nothing like a fired OC sitting out an entire year because he can’t find a job, only to get a job as a head coach with a pathetic NFL franchise. To no one’s surprise, Gailey went 16-32 in three seasons as head coach and was sent packing when it was obvious he was in over his head. I mean, seriously…..c’mon Buffalo.


10. Gregg Williams

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Years Coached: 2001-2003

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 17-31

 

You know, it honestly shocks the hell out of me that Gregg Williams wasn’t more successful in Buffalo. I mean, this is a guy who has 32 NFL teams calling him every off-season for a job (according to himself of course…) so it’s obvious he knows what he’s doing. Something else must’ve went extremely wrong to cause the Bills to suck as much as they did under Williams because it obviously wasn’t his coaching.


9. Dick Jauron

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Years Coached: 2001-2003

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 17-31

 

Dick Jauron was an NFL head coach for 10 seasons overall. In those ten seasons, he never won a playoff game. Someone please explain to me how Dick Jauron managed to coach in the NFL for ten seasons with zero post-season success? Jauron was hired by the Bills after coming over from Detroit where he served as defensive coordinator and took over as interim head coach when Steve Mariucci was fired. Jauron went 1-4 as the Lions interim head coach which was good enough for the Bills to say “HEY DUDE. COME ON OVER AND LEAD OUR TEAM!!!!”. And you all wonder why the Bills have sucked ass for so long.


8. Mike Mularkey

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Years Coached: 2004-2005

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 14-18

 

Mike Mularkey was hired by the Bills in 2004 after having success as the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator. Things didn’t start out well for Mularkey as the team got off to an 0-4 start, but they quickly turned things around and the team rallied to finish 9-7 but just missed out on the playoffs. The next year though? Well, things went a little sideways. The Bills once again missed out on the playoffs after going 5-11 under Mularkey and not long after that, Mularkey resigned as head coach due to differences between him and management. In other words, just a typical season in Buffalo.


7. Doug Marrone

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Years Coached: 2013-2014

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 15-17

 

It’s always risky when an NFL team hires a college football head coach to come over and lead their team. The Bills really upped that risk when they went out and hired Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone who had never had a season better than 8-5 as head dog of the Orange. Much to everyone’s surprise, the Marrone/Bills marriage didn’t last long and it’s not for the reasons you think. Marrone actually did a good job with the Bills and the team was starting to show progress in his second-year. And then it happened. The Bills owner unfortunately passed away and it was revealed that in Marrone’s contract, he had a clause that would allow him to quit if the team changed ownership and collect his salary in full. That’s exactly what Marrone did and it still leaves a bad taste in Bills’ fans mouths to this day.


6. Rex Ryan

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Years Coached: 2015-2016

Total Games Coached: 31

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 15-16

 

The Buffalo Bills fans thought they had something special when the team hired Rex Ryan as head coach in 2015. Ryan was coming off a somewhat successful stint as head coach of the New York Jets and perhaps he just needed a change in scenery to get back to where he was when he first took over the Jets in 2009? Unfortunately for Bills fans, Ryan could never get the team over the hump and once he hired his brother to take over the defensive duties for the team, things got extremely ugly. Rex wasn’t even given a full second-season with the team before the Bills decided to go in a different direction. The good news for Rex is, he wasn’t completely awful during his Buffalo tenure (a .500 record is respectable when talking about Bills head coaches) and surprisingly just misses out on being one of the TOP FIVE COACHES IN BILLS HISTORY BROTHER! YEAH BUFFALO!


5. Sean McDermott

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Years Coached: 2017-present

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 15-17

 

Sean McDermott is the current head coach of the Buffalo Bills. The only reason he’s a top five all-time head coach of the Buffalo Bills is because he’s one of five head coaches total that has led the Bills to a playoff appearance in the Super Bowl era. Think about that for a second. The Bills have had 17 head coaches in the Super Bowl era and only five of them have made the playoffs. Thanks a lot Bill Belichick.


4. Wade Phillips

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Years Coached: 1998-2000

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 29-19

 

Wade Phillips is the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL. The man gets no respect and I don’t understand why. The Buffalo Bills were a very good team when Phillips was head coach. In three seasons, the team never had a losing season and made the playoffs twice. Yes, they never won a playoff game under Phillips and Wade might have made some controversial personnel decisions that cost the team in the playoffs, but you can’t deny that Wade’s stint in Buffalo was short but sweet.


3. Chuck Knox

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Years Coached: 1978-1982

Total Games Coached: 73

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 37-36

 

I wasn’t born during the Chuck Knox years, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the Bills enjoyed some of their biggest success under Knox. In five seasons with the Bills, Knox’s record was just over .500, he led the team to two appearances in the playoffs, and won the “Coach of the Year” award in 1980 when the Bills went 11-5. Yes, there was once a time in our lives when the Buffalo Bills would go 11-5. It sounds strange, but it’s true.


2. Lou Saban

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Years Coached: 1962-1965 (first stint), 1972-1976 (second stint)

Total Games Coached: 117

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 68-45-4

 

Lou Saban’s time in Buffalo was well before my time, but the guy was successful enough as the Bills head coach that he earned two stints with the team. Technically, his first stint was before the Super Bowl era and was much more successful, but I’m giving him some points for winning the AFL Championship in back-to-back years with the Bills in 1964 & 1965. Why? Because I’m pretty sure that’s the last time the Bills won anything that meant anything. HAR-DE-HAR!


 

1. Marv Levy

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Years Coached: 1986-1997

Total Games Coached: 182

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 112-70

 

Let’s be honest. When you clicked on this, you knew who was going to be #1. We all did. There’s no other coach in Bills history who can even touch the jock of Marv Levy. What Levy accomplished in Buffalo was something no other head coach has even come close to replicating and trust me when I say this…..the Bills have obviously tried numerous times to find that guy. In twelve seasons as the Bills head coach, Levy made the playoffs eight times including six straight years in a row. They lost to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship in 1988, but things got better after that. The Bills are the only team in NFL history to make four straight Super Bowl appearances without winning one. Yes, I know it sucks that the Bills made it to four straight Super Bowls and never won a title, but the fact that they made it to four straight is damn impressive and it shows you how fantastic Levy was at his job. Marv Levy is hands down the best head coach in Buffalo Bills history and some people might even say that he’s the ONLY good coach in Buffalo Bills history.

 

OK. I’m done trolling you now Bills fans. Thanks for reading.