There’s no need for an introduction anymore. By now, you know what we’re doing here. We are taking every single NFL franchise and ranking every head coach that they’ve hired during the Super Bowl era.

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Now, up next……

 

Let’s Rank All Of The New England Patriots Head Coaches

 

 

12. Rod Rust

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Years Coached: 1990

Total Games Coached: 16

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 1-15

 

The New England Patriots might be the most successful NFL franchise of all-time. However, every NFL franchise has a “Rod Rust” on their resume. What do I mean by that exactly? Well, no matter how good of an NFL franchise you run, every team has a guy that they’ve hired as head coach who came in and immediately made the team worse than it was before. That was Rod Rust. Rust was hired in 1990 as the Patriots head coach, had the worst season ever for the Patriots and was fired the next year. I think he should’ve been given a little more time myself….but whatevs.


 

11. Clive Rush

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Years Coached: 1969-1970

Total Games Coached: 21

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 5-16

 

I don’t know anything about Clive Rush. I was born YEARS after his tenure in New England was over so I was forced to do some research on the guy for these rankings. During my research, I come to find out that Rush had a tendency to butt heads with his players, the team owners, and fans as well as had a lot of bad luck surrounding him. Case in point?

“One bizarre indication of Rush’s luck came on February 12, 1969, when he introduced the team’s new general manager, George Sauer, Sr. While grabbing the microphone, Rush received a five-second electrical shock that left him briefly stunned.”

Maybe I’m ranking him way too low?


 

10. Dick MacPherson

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Years Coached: 1991-1992

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 8-24

 

Dick MacPherson was a long-time college head football coach for both UMass and Syracuse who finally got his big break as an NFL coach when the Patriots hired him in 1991. Things started out pretty well for both parties. MacPherson took over a team that had went 1-15 the previous year and got them to a respectable 6-10, which had a lot of NFL media members considering MacPherson for the “Coach of the Year” award. The team regressed the next season though as MacPherson’s team ended up starting four different quarterbacks throughout the season en route to a 2-14 record and a big ol’ BUH BYE for Dickie boy at season’s end.


 

9. John Mazur

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Years Coached: 1970-1972

Total Games Coached: 30

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 9-21

 

The only thing that happened of importance during the “John Mazur Era” was that the Patriots moved from Boston to Foxborough. Seriously.


 

8. Ron Erhardt

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Years Coached: 1979-1981

Total Games Coached: 49

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 21-28

 

Ron Erhardt was an amazing college football coach during his days at North Dakota State. In his seven years at North Dakota State, Erhardt went 61-7-1 and won two National Championships. The New England Patriots saw what Erhardt was doing in college and hired him as a position coach in 1973. Erhardt was named as head coach of the Patriots after previous coach Chuck Fairbanks left the team to become the head coach at the University of Colorado. Unfortunately for Erhardt, he could never capture the success he had in college in the NFL. After two mediocre seasons and a horrible year in 1981 that saw the Patriots go 2-14, Erhardt was fired because he was “too nice of a guy”.


 

7. Ron Meyer

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Years Coached: 1982-1984

Total Games Coached: 33

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 18-15

 

Ron Meyer was the controversial coach at SMU who was responsible for that program getting what is known as “the death penalty” in college football. That’s a story for another day though. Meyer’s left SMU in 1981 and jumped to the NFL where he became the head coach of the Patriots. His first season was a success as Meyers led the Patriots to a 5-4 record (it was a shortened season due to a player’s strike) and a playoff appearance. That was the peak of the Meyers Era though. After that, his teams were competitive but he constantly butted heads with players and other staff members that resulted in a bunch of turmoil. One of the worst things you can have in the game of football is a team that either hates the head coach or a staff that hates the head coach. From all accounts, Ron Meyer was a damn good head football coach. He was just kind of a scumbag.


 

6. Chuck Fairbanks

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Years Coached: 1973-1978

Total Games Coached: 85

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 46-39

 

Chuck Fairbanks was a very good head football coach who may not get the credit he rightfully deserves. He had a lot of success as head football coach at the University of Oklahoma before jumping to the NFL with the Patriots in 1973. Fairbanks took over a Patriots team that hadn’t had a winning season in 7 years and managed to turn their fortunes around. It didn’t start out great for Fairbanks though as two of his first three seasons in New England were losing campaigns, but he did manage to put together some solid drafts during those years. In 1976, the Patriots went 11-3 which was their best record ever to that date, unfortunately they lost in the playoffs to the Raiders. The team continued to have success under Fairbanks though and in 1978 controversy came knocking. Fairbanks apparently accepted an offer to become the head coach at the University of Colorado while still under contract with the Patriots. The Patriots sued Fairbanks for breach of contract, but some Colorado boosters apparently came out and bought out the remainder of his contract allowing him to leave the team with no consequences. That’s something that I would love to see happen today….


 

5. Mike Holovak

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Years Coached: 1961-1968

Total Games Coached: 107

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 52-46-9

 

If you were alive during the Mike Holovak Era, you’re probably not reading this…so I have nothing to say to you.


 

4. Pete Carroll

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Years Coached: 1997-1999

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 27-21

 

Pete Carroll is a great coach. He was great in college as head coach at USC and turned that program back into one of the scariest in college football. He’s been great during his tenure in Seattle and has even won that team a Super Bowl trophy. However, before Pete Carroll found all that success, he had a few bumpy roads along the way. One of those roads was his tenure in New England from 1997-1999. Carroll was hired as head coach in 1997 and had an impossible task in front of him. Not only was Carroll replacing a legend in Bill Parcells who had just left the Patriots, but Carroll was taking over a team that had just lost the Super Bowl the previous season. This is not an easy task for any coach, but Carroll’s team had success in his first year as the Patriots went 10-6 and made it to the second-round of the playoffs before getting bounced. New England made it back to the playoffs the next year after a 9-7 season, but they lost in the first-round to the Jaguars. The Patriots went 8-8 in 1999, missed the playoffs and that spelled the end of Pete Carroll’s days in New England. Carroll was sent down the road and the Patriots brought some bum named Bill Belichick in. What a stupid move.


 

3. Bill Parcells

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Years Coached: 1993-1996

Total Games Coached: 64

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 32-32

 

Bill Parcells is one of the best NFL coaches of all-time. His tenure with the New York Giants from 1983-1990 was one of the best we’ve ever seen. When he announced his retirement in 1990 following the Giants’ Super Bowl win, we were kind of shocked, but we all thought he would eventually be back. And he did return. In 1993, Parcells announced he was returning to football as head coach of the Patriots. New England hadn’t been to the playoffs in six seasons and they needed a shot in the arm. Parcells team struggled in his first year with the Pats, but the team turned it around in his second year as they went 10-6 and made the playoffs. The peak of the Parcells Era came in 1996 when the Patriots went 11-5 and made it to the Super Bowl for the first time in over ten years (that feels weird to say these days). Unfortunately the Patriots lost to the Packers in the big game and Parcells left the team soon after due to disputes with Robert Kraft in what would turn into an ugly divorce.


 

2. Raymond Berry

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Years Coached: 1984-1989

Total Games Coached: 87

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 48-39

 

Raymond Berry took over as head coach of the New England Patriots in the middle of the 1984 season after head coach Ron Meyers was fired. Barry led the team to a respectable 4-4 finish, but it was what he was able to do with the team after that which was so impressive. In just his first full season as head coach of the Patriots, Barry led to the team to an 11-5 record as well as the team’s first ever Super Bowl appearance. A Super Bowl appearance in your first full season as head coach? That’s pretty damn impressive and Berry would go down as the New England Patriots best head coach of all-time if it wasn’t for this guy…..


 

1. Bill Belichick

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Years Coached: 2000-present

Total Games Coached: 304

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 224-79

 

Bill Belichick is not only the G.O.A.T. of New England Patriots head coaches.

Bill Belichick is the G.O.A.T. when it comes to football head coaches on any level…..ever.

I will not hear any arguments otherwise, because they are wrong. BOW DOWN PEOPLE! YOU ARE WITNESSING GREATNESS!!!!