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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Let’s Rank All Of The New York Jets Head Coaches

 

 

14. Rich Kotite

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Years Coached: 1995-1996

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 4-28

 

Rich Kotite was coming off a four-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles when the New York Jets hired him to take over in 1995. Kotite’s time with the Eagles was decent, but his time spent as head coach of the New York Jets was absolutely miserable. Kotite only coached the Jets for two seasons. In his first year with the team, the Jets went 3-13 and they were even worse in his second year when they finished 1-15. Jets fans loved Kotite so much that they started to refer to him as “Rich Kotex” and I’ll go ahead and let you guys figure out what that means on your own.


 

13. Lou Holtz

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Years Coached: 1976

Total Games Coached: 13

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 3-10

 

Did you know legendary college football head coach Lou Holtz coached the New York Jets for a season? Did you also know that Lou Holtz quit coaching the Jets after just 13 games because he didn’t think coaching in the pros was for him? Did you also know that Lou Holtz looked like an old librarian while serving as coach of the Jets? Yeah. This experiment was a total wash.


 

12. Pete Carroll

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Years Coached: 1994

Total Games Coached: 16

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 6-10

 

Knowing what we know now, the Jets should have kept Pete Carroll around for a lot longer than they did. However, hindsight is always 20/20. Carroll was the Jets defensive coordinator from 1990-1993 and was promoted to head coach after Bruce Coslet was let go. This is where I remind you guys that promoting from with-in on an NFL roster rarely works and here’s just another example from a long list of examples. Carroll’s team started out good with a 6-5 start, but they lost all five of their remaining games to finish with a 6-10 record and it was BUH-BYE for Mr. Carroll.


 

11. Charley Winner

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Years Coached: 1974-1975

Total Games Coached: 23

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 9-14

 

Charley Winner was an assistant coach on Weeb Ewbank’s coaching staff and he took over as head coach once Ewbank’s watch had ended. In his first year with the team, the Jets got off to a miserable 1-7 start before winning their final six games to finish 7-7. The very next season, the Jets once again got off to a horrible 2-7 start and that was all the front office needed to see. Charley Winner? More like Charley Loser, right? Yep. That’s why I get paid the big bucks folks. To write hilarious jokes like that one.


 

10. Al Groh

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Years Coached: 2000

Total Games Coached: 16

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 9-7

 

“Blink And You Missed It” The Al Groh/New York Jets story. Groh was a longtime coach in both the NFL and college football and he finally got his big break as an NFL head coach in 2000 when he was promoted by the Jets. His big break didn’t last very long though. Groh only coached one season in New York, going 9-7 and finishing 3rd place in the AFC East before he quit to take the head coach job at the University of Virginia. To be honest though, that was a great move by Groh. This also happened to be the start of the Bill Belichick Era in New England and Groh might’ve known something that we didn’t……


 

9. Todd Bowles

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Years Coached: 2015-2018

Total Games Coached: 64

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 24-40

 

I think Todd Bowles is a good head coach. Unfortunately in the NFL, you need a quarterback if your team is going to have success and that’s one thing Bowles’ teams never had. Ryan Fitzpatrick? Bryce Petty? Christian Hackenberg? Josh McCown? Just some of the gems that Bowles had to deal with on his roster during his time as head coach of the Jets. I’m pretty confident that Bowles will eventually get another job as head coach somewhere and hopefully his next job will come with a franchise QB, because it would be interesting to see what his teams would look like with one.


 

8. Bruce Coslet

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Years Coached: 1990-1993

Total Games Coached: 64

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 26-38

 

Bruce Coslet had a lot of success as an assistant coach of the Cincinnati Bengals in the late-80’s, despite looking like Dwight Shrute on steroids. That eventually led to him getting the job as head coach of the New York Jets. At that time, the Jets had been out of the post-season for three years and were looking for a shot in the arm to rejuvenate the franchise. Costlet came in and improvements were made as the Jets improved by two games in his first year with the team and made the playoffs in his second year. Unfortunately they would go on to lose in the first-round against the Oilers and Coslet’s teams missed the playoffs the following two seasons and he was sent packing down the road.


 

7. Eric Mangini

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Years Coached: 2006-2008

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 23-25

 

Eric Mangini gets a bad rap from Jets fans. I think because Mangini was coming from Bill Belichick’s coaching staff, expectations were through the roof for him. At the time, he was the youngest head coach in NFL history and was taking over a Jets team that had a pretty good overall roster. In his first year with the team, Mangini managed to take the Jets from a 4-12 team to a 10-6 team that would go on to lose to the Patriots in the first-round of the playoffs. The following season was a disaster as the Jets collapsed and finished 4-12 on the year and Mangini accused the Patriots of cheating with the whole “Spygate” scandal. A 9-7 finish in 2008 with two consecutive years of no post-season action was it for the Mangini era in New York. It didn’t help his cause at all that his personality rubbed a lot of people the wrong way….


 

6. Joe Walton

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Years Coached: 1983-1989

Total Games Coached: 111

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 53-57-1

 

Joe Walton is the second-longest tenured head coach in New York Jets history. He coached the Jets for seven seasons and somehow only managed to win one playoff game during that time. Sure, his teams were always competitive and his worst season during his time in New York was his final one in 1989, but the guy never won anything that was worth a damn. “Never Won Anything Worth A Damn” actually sounds like a great title for Joe Walton’s NFL head coach autobiography and I expect commission if it ever comes to fruition.


 

5. Herm Edwards

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Years Coached: 2001-2005

Total Games Coached: 80

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 39-41

 

“You play to win the game”. Herm Edwards is a longtime player/coach in the NFL who is best known for that famous line in one of his press conferences years ago. Edwards was an assistant coach on Tony Dungy’s staff in Tampa Bay when he got hired on as the Jets head coach in 2001. The Jets were in a tricky situation at the time. Edwards was the fifth head coach the team had hired in eight years. The team was desperately looking for a long-term solution at the head coach position and it looked like Edwards was the man. In his first season with the team, the Jets went 10-6 and returned to the playoffs after a three-year absence. They were quickly eliminated by the Raiders, but Herm had proven that he was no push over. He followed up that season by winning an AFC East title and getting the Jets back to the playoffs, where they actually earned a playoff win. At this point, Jets fans were confident that they had a good long-term head coach in Herm. Well, after missing the playoffs two out of the next three seasons and finishing with a horrible 4-12 record in 2005, the Jets had decided to move in another direction once again. Man, Bill Belichick sure did get a lot of coaches fired, didn’t he?


 

4. Bill Parcells

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Years Coached: 1997-1999

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 29-19

 

Bill Parcells is a coaching legend. What he was able to do during his time as head coach of the New York Giants was incredible. However, it’s every coaching stint after the one in New York that really puts a black mark on Parcells’s legacy. Parcells joined the New England Patriots and disagreements with the front office there led to his early departure. After that stint, he joined the New York Jets and did an amazing job. He took a team that previously went 1-15 and got them to a respectable 9-7 record. Next season was even better as the Jets went 12-4, made it to the playoffs for the first time in seven years, and got to the AFC Championship game for the first time in 16 years. With expectations through the roof for the 1999 season, things got off to a bumpy start after the team lost their starting QB and they chugged along to a respectable 8-8 finish. However, that was enough for Parcells. After the 1999 season, Parcells announced his retirement and spent time as Jets GM before deciding to return to coaching one again…..


 

3. Walt Michaels

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Years Coached: 1977-1982

Total Games Coached: 87

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 39-47-1

 

After head coach Weeb Ewbank left the team following the 1973 season, the Jets struggled to find a replacement for the Super Bowl winning coach. They tried Charley Winner, Lou Holtz, and Ken Shipp but none of those guys were able to get the Jets back up to respectability. Walt Michaels was the defensive coordinator under Ewbanks and was considered the “head coach in waiting” by the Jets front office. However, some disagreements led to Michaels departure and he left for the Philadelphia Eagles. He would return to the Jets two years later and reprise his role as DC. He took over as head coach of the team after Lou Holtz’s disappointing season in 1976 and it was up to Michaels to rebuild the team into a respectable one. It took him five years, but Michaels eventually got the team back to the playoffs in 1981 and followed that season up by getting the Jets all the way to the AFC Championship game in 1982. The Jets would end up losing 14-0 to the Dolphins in that game and Michaels announced that he needed a break from football following that season. He never coached in the NFL again.


 

2. Rex Ryan

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Years Coached: 2009-2014

Total Games Coached: 96

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 46-50

 

Heading into this exercise, I had no idea who was going to be #1 on this list. As I kept ranking people, I noticed that I kept moving Rex Ryan up. This surprised me because I’m a guy who has gone on record many times and stated that I’m not a fan of Rex Ryan as a head coach on the NFL level. However, the New York Jets have been such a miserable mess of a football team that lo and behold, the horrible Rex Ryan checks in at #2 on the list of the Jets “best head coaches”. Ryan coached the Jets for six seasons. He’s the third longest tenured head coach in Jets history. His four playoff victories are the most playoff wins for any head coach in New York Jets history. I repeat, RYAN’S FOUR PLAYOFF WINS ARE THE MOST IN NEW YORK JETS COACHING HISTORY! Somehow, someway, Ryan got the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship games at a time when he was sharing a division with the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick. Okay. Maybe I’ve been a little harsh on ol’ Rex? The Jets have been a dumpster fire for pretty much their entire existence. What Rex was able to achieve with these guys back in 2009-2010 was really impressive. I’m absolutely amazed that Rex Ryan would be #1 on this list if it wasn’t for……


 

1. Weeb Ewbank

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Years Coached: 1963-1973

Total Games Coached: 154

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 71-77-6

 

The G.O.A.T. of head coaching when it comes to the New York Jets. He’s the only guy who’s even come close to winning a Super Bowl as head coach of the Jets. Plus, his fucking name is Weeb Ewbank guys. WEEB. WHO THE HELL NAMES THEIR KID WEEB??? The parents of a GOAT, that’s who.