A new list compiled by national media members ranks Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy as the worst NFL head coach to win a Super Bowl.
The rankings were published by CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin, but incorporate the opinions of several of the outlet’s contributors. The list covers all 32 NFL head coaches, but it was remarkable how widely known the McCarthy name was.
The Cowboys head coach was named the No. 18 coach in the NFL, which was the lowest among coaches to win a Super Bowl. The report on McCarthy seems to start with praise but still criticizes his skills as a coach.
McCarthy has been a controversial figure among Cowboys fans since arriving in January 2020, but it’s clear that CBS Sports doesn’t rate him very highly given his No. 18 ranking.
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The first head coach to win the Super Bowl and rank above McCarthy is Doug Pederson, signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason. Pederson’s previous stint with the Philadelphia Eagles resulted in a Lombardi Trophy in the 2017 season.
Pederson is ranked 11th, while the next coach on the list with a ring is Seattle Seahawks HC’s Pete Carroll. Carroll, ranked the eighth best NFL head coach, is entering his 13th season in Seattle and is going 1-1 in his Super Bowl appearances.
The top 5 coaches on CBS Sports’ list are all Super Bowl winners, starting with John Harbaugh at No. 5, who led the Ravens into his 15th season and has a Super Bowl ring in his name. Pittsburgh Steelers HC Mike Tomlin finishes 4th with a 1-1 record in the Super Bowls.
New England Patriots HC Bill Belichick is ranked No. 3 despite having six titles, the most of any NFL head coach in league history. Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams is named second after winning his first Super Bowl last February.
At #1, Kansas City Chiefs boss Andy Reid tops the list. Interestingly, he is the only coach on the list to lose 2-1 in Super Bowls.
Among NFC East coaches, McCarthy wasn’t ranked as the worst, but the Cowboys head coach wasn’t ranked at the top either. In the rankings, Washington Commanders HC Ron Rivera and New York Giants HC Brian Daboll sit 19th and 22nd, respectively, below McCarthy.
However, Eagles HC Nick Sirianni was placed 16th, two places above McCarthy. The blurb for the Eagles coach states that his growing relationship with quarterback Jalen Hurts and his openness to adjustment are his main points.
The logic isn’t wrong, but it still feels bad to have an NFL coach with an NFL season under his belt and to be without playoff wins over McCarthy, who is entering his 16th season and a Lombardi Trophy has hoisted.