Success In The NFL

There are a lot of different factors that go into measuring success for teams in the NFL. Draft picks, free agent additions, trades, are all huge, but it is who is making these decisions that play the biggest role in success for these organizations.

The three most important non-players in any organization is the head coach, general manager, and the owner. When these three can work in harmony and work through tough times and bad, great things happen to these organizations.

Over the past 15 years here are all of the Super Bowl winners:

Super Bowl Winners Last 15 Seasons

Super Bowl 49: New England Patriots
Super Bowl 48: Seattle Seahawks
Super Bowl 47: Baltimore Ravens
Super Bowl 46: New York Giants
Super Bowl 45: Green Bay Packers
Super Bowl 44: New Orleans Saints
Super Bowl 43: Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl 42: New York Giants
Super Bowl 41: Indianapolis Colts
Super Bowl 40: Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl 39: New England Patriots
Super Bowl 38: New England Patriots
Super Bowl 37: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Super Bowl 36: New England Patriots
Super Bowl 35: Baltimore Ravens

In the past 15 years there have been 4 teams to win multiple Super Bowls: Baltimore Ravens (2001, 2013), New England Patriots (2002, 2004, 2005, 2015), Pittsburgh Steelers (2006, 2009), New York Giants (2008, 2010).

When we look at these 4 organizations we see very similar situations. The Ravens have had 2 head coaches (Brian Billick and Jim Harbaugh), Patriots have had 1 head coach Bill Belichick, Pittsburgh Steelers have had 2 head coaches (Bill Cower, Mike Tomlin), and the New York Giants have had 2 head coaches (Jim Fassel, Tom Coughlin).

Bill Belichick has been the only head coach for the Pats since 200

Super Bowls are not the only way to measure success in the NFL. Division titles, AFC/NFC Championship games, or even winning season are also ways for an organization to feel they had a successful NFL season even if they didn’t come home with the Lombardi trophy. Here is a list of each division and the success they have had since the year 2000 and that teams overall grade.

AFC East

Patriots A++: 4 Super Bowls Wins (6 App), 1 head coach, 9 AFC Championship Games 12 Divisional Titles, 14 Winning Seasons
Jets B-: 5 Head coaches, 2 AFC Championship Games 1 Divisional Title, 8 Wining Seasons
Dolphins C: 7 Head Coaches, 2 Divisional Titles, 6 Winning Seasons
Bills F: 8 Head coaches, 2 Winning Seasons

AFC North

Ravens A+: 2 Super Bowl Wins (2 App), 2 Head Coaches, 3 AFC Championship Games, 4 Divisional Titles, 11 Winning Seasons
Steelers A+: 2 Super Bowl Wins (3 App), 2 Head Coaches, 5 AFC Championship
Bengals C: 3 Head Coaches, 3 Divisional Titles, 6 Winning Seasons
Browns F: 8 Head Coaches, 2 Winning Seasons

AFC South

Colts A: 1 Super Bowl Win (2 App), 5 Head Coaches, 4 AFC Championship Games 9 Divisional Titles, 13 Winning Seasons
Titans C: 3 Head Coaches, 2 Divisional Titles, 6 Winning Seasons
Texans C-: 4 Head Coaches, 2 Divisional Titles, 4 Winning Seasons
Jaguars F: 5 Head Coaches, 3 Winning Seasons

AFC West

Broncos B: 1 Super Bowl Appearance (Lost), 5 Head Coaches, 2 AFC Championship Games 5 Divisional Titles, 9 Winning Seasons
Chargers B-: 4 Head Coaches, 1 AFC Championship Game 5 Divisional Titles, 8 Winning Seasons
Raiders C-: 1 Super Bowl Appearance (Lost), 10 Head Coaches, 2 AFC Championship Games, 3 Divisional Titles, 3 Winning Seasons
Chiefs D: 6 Head Coaches, 6 Winning Seasons

NFC East

Giants A+: 2 Super Bowl Wins (3 App), 2 Head Coaches, 3 NFC Championship Games, 4 Divisional Titles, 8 Winning Seasons
Eagles B+: 1 Super Bowl Appearance (Lost), 2 Head Coaches, 5 NFC Championship Games, 7 Divisional Titles, 11 Winning Seasons
Cowboys C: 4 Head Coaches, 3 Divisional Titles, 6 Winning Seasons
Redskins D: 8 Head Coaches, 1 Divisional Title, 3 Winning Seasons

NFC North

Packers A-: 1 Super Bowl Win, 2 Head Coaches, 3 NFC Championship Games, 8 Divisional Titles, 12 Winning Seasons
Bears B: 1 Super Bowl Appearance (Lost), 4 Head Coaches, 2 NFC Championship Games, 4 Divisional Titles, 6 Winning Seasons
Vikings C: 5 Head Coaches, 2 NFC Championship Games, 3 Divisional Titles, 6 Winning Seasons
Lions F: 8 Head Coaches, 3 Winning Seasons

NFC South

Saints A-: 1 Super Bowl Win, 3 Head Coaches, 2 NFC Championship Games, 4 Divisional Titles, 7 Winning Seasons
Buccaneers A-: 1 Super Bowl Win, 5 Head Coaches, 1 NFC Championship Games, 3 Divisional Titles, 7 Winning Seasons
Panthers B: 1 Super Bowl Appearance (Lost), 3 Head Coaches, 2 NFC Championship Games, 4 Divisional Titles, 4 Winning Seasons
Falcons C: 6 Head Coaches, 2 NFC Championship Games, 3 Divisional Titles, 7 Winning Seasons

NFC West

Seahawks A: 1 Super Bowl Win (3 App), 3 Head Coaches, 3 NFC Championship Games, 7 Divisional Titles, 9 Winning Seasons
49ers B: 1 Super Bowl Appearance (Lost) 7 Head Coaches, 3 NFC Championship Games, 3 Divisional Titles, 5 Winning Seasons
Cardinals B: 1 Super Bowl Appearance (Lost), 5 Head Coaches, 1 NFC Championship Game, 2 Divisional Titles, 4 Winning Seasons
Rams C+: 1 Super Bowl Appearance (Lost), 6 Head Coaches, 1 NFC Championship Game, 2 Divisional Titles, 3 Winning Seasons

So what does all of this even mean?

Teams with 4 head coaches or less over the last 15 years have averaged:

SB Wins: .8 Super Bowl Wins
SB App: 1.53 Super Bowl Appearances
Championship Games: 2.33
Divisional Titles: 5.33
Winning Seasons: 8.2

Those teams are Seahawks, Panthers, Saints, Bears, Packers, Giants, Eagles, Cowboys, Chargers, Texans, Titans, Bengals, Ravens, Steelers, and Patriots. Over the past 15 seasons these teams account for 13 Super Bowl wins.

Stability Stability Stability…..that is the key to success in the NFL. Teams with 4 or less head coaches have had great success and that trend will continue. An organization cannot build towards success without a stable leadership group at the top. Now players do play a role in the success of a team, but the front office and head coach organizes the TEAM. So this offseason if your team hired a new head coach, hope he sticks around for 5+years through good times and bad.

Since 2001 the Patriots have won 4 Super Bowls. That is the most by any organization in the NFL

Tom Coughlin is preparing for another season at the helm of the Giants. Tom has lead the Giants to 2 Super Bowl victories

John Harbaugh is the current head coach for the Ravens. He led them to their Super Bowl victory over the 49ers 3 years ago.

Mike Tomlin is 1-1 in the Super Bowl as the Steelers head coach
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