At the beginning of December, we fleshed out Pro-Reference-Football.com’s list of the worst National Football League coaches of all time based on win-loss percentages. Some readers agreed with the highlighted men while others didn’t, but it’s still hard to dispute numbers.
Win-loss percentages and game stats certainly don’t tell the whole story — sometimes, they don’t even crack the surface — but they’re still hard evidence one can use when setting up the league’s coaches against each other and in determining the worst of the worst and the best of the best.
That’s why we’ve decided to employ more stats from Pro-Reference-Football.com, this time to uncover the NFL’s all-time best coaches based on their win-loss percentages and games over .500. Looking at only the numbers, here are the NFL’s seven best coaches.
7. Ray Flaherty
First up is Flaherty, a hall of famer who coached for 11 years, from 1936 to 1949, and was a player before that. The defensive end coached 122 games between the Boston/Washington Redskins, and the All-America Football Conference’s New York Yankees and Chicago Hornets. Flaherty won four division titles and two NFL championships with the Redskins and had a win-loss percentage of .684 with 43 games over .500. The coach didn’t manage any Super Bowl wins, but he is credited with inventing the screen pass and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1976 for his contributions as a coach.