When we started this work back in 2009, Bill Belichick was already well into his masterful work as head coach of the Patriots. When we cranked his actual preference into our algorithms, though, he barely graded out to make the top ten of All Time. Our rankings were heavily criticized at that time by many, especially back East, for our short sightedness. Our numbers don’t lie, however, and those Belichick worshipers failed to recognize that the man had been very ordinary for five years in Cleveland, where he had been fired. We consider the entire body of a coach’s on-the-field performance. Finally, our critics can begin to rest easy. Our 2016 rankings slot the Pat’s seer in a virtual tie with John Madden as the very best of all time. In fact, Bill is only a mere 15 CASH points behind John. Perhaps what is most impressive is that Belichick has been there for over 350 games and 22 seasons, Madden lasted only about 140 games and 10 years.
In any event, keep in mind that to make our All Time list you must have coached for at least 96 games (six years). Also, the inclusion of some of our top coaches may seem surprising, except that in several cases they did not hang around forever. The longer you hang around the more certain you are going to have down periods. Madden blazed through ten years. Tom Landry was there for 29. Before you get too upset about our list, make sure you visit our methodology on the CASH page.
Here are the five very BEST:
Unfortunately, in these days of political correctness, the lesser lights demand equal time. Naturally a list which ranks anything will have a top and a bottom. With respect to the poor souls listed below, however, it is important to recognize that just to qualify to be an All Time loser, you must have been able stay around for almost 100 games, which means that someone thought he was doing something right. Marion Campbell happens to be our anchor man and is well deserving of that dubious distinction. He has the lowest CASH score of any “qualifying” coach. On the other hand on the overall list of almost 300 coaches there are at least 70 non-qualifiers with worse scores that the old “Swamp Fox”
Here are the five very WORST:
*As of the end of 2016 there were 97 coaches who qualified for All Time consideration
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