NFL Head Coaches with Best Winning Percentages

Name all the NFL head coaches (minimum 120 games as a head coach) with a career regular-season winning percentage of .600 or better. For reference, in a 17-game season, a .600 winning percentage is 10.2 wins. Active head coaches in bold. Teams that the coach won a Super Bowl with in blue.
Up-to-date through the end of the 2022 season.
Not counting stats from other leagues, such as the AAFC. I would have counted stats from the AFL that merged with the NFL (AFL IV), but it turned out not to matter.
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Last updated: January 8, 2024
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Win Percentage
John Madden
Packers, Commanders
Vince Lombardi
Rams, Commanders
George Allen
George Halas
Colts, Dolphins
Don Shula
Buccaneers, Colts
Tony Dungy
49ers, Panthers
George Seifert
Browns, Patriots
Bill Belichick
Eagles, Chiefs
Andy Reid
Mike Tomlin
Packers, Cardinals, Commanders
Curly Lambeau
Cardinals, Buccaneers
Bruce Arians
Win Percentage
Browns, Bengals
Paul Brown
Bill Cowher
Bud Grant
Joe Gibbs
Packers, Cowboys
Mike McCarthy
Browns, Chiefs, Commanders, Chargers
Marty Schottenheimer
Saints, Broncos
Sean Payton
John Harbaugh
Bill Walsh
Tom Landry
Steve Owen
Level 86
Oct 3, 2020
Updated for the 2019 season. A really strong 2020 season by Seattle would get Pete Carroll onto this list.
Level 86
Feb 8, 2021
Welcome to the list, Pete Carroll! Probably soon farewell from the list, Mike McCarthy!

No active coaches are particularly close to making it onto the list at this point. Bruce Arians could make it if he coaches 3 more seasons and averages at least 10 wins/season, but that seems like a tall order.

Level 86
Feb 12, 2022
Here's how active head coaches are looking after 2021:

Bill Belichick, Mike Tomlin, and Andy Reid are all safe. They will still be on the list even if their teams go 0-17 next season.

John Harbaugh needs the Ravens to win 9 games to stay on the list. Certainly not impossible, but not a gimme, either.

Mike McCarthy needs the Cowboys to win 9 games to stay on the list.

Pete Carroll needs the Seahawks to go 12-5 next year to get back onto the list. That's a tall order, especially if Russell Wilson leaves.

Bruce Arians' winning percentage is good enough to be on the list now, but he's only been a head coach for 8 seasons. If he coaches two more years and wins at least 18 games, he'll make it. Seems unlikely, given his age (turns 70 later this year) and Brady's retirement.

Sean McVay is off to a great start (.679 winning percentage), but he needs a few more seasons under his belt to be eligible for the list.

No other current coach is worth mentioning . . . yet.

Level 86
Jan 10, 2023
Changed the minimum cutoff to be a number of games rather than a number of seasons. It skews the quiz a little more contemporary because they play more games in a season now, but overall only one coach dropped off (RIP Potsy Clark, the least frequently guessed answer from the old version of the quiz) and one coach jumped on (congrats, Bruce, you don't even have to unretire just to get on this quiz!)
Level 86
Jan 10, 2023
As usual, a look at the active coaches:

Belichick, of course, is safe; he won't fall off even if the Patriots go 0-17 next year. If he maintains his post-Brady winning percentage of exactly .500, he would need to coach for 17 more years to drop off the list. He would be 87.

Reid is safe. In fact, if he has a *very* good year next year, and Belichick has a *very* bad year, he could even pass him in terms of win percentage. Not likely, though.

Tomlin is not completely safe. He needs to win at least one game next year to stay on the list. I like his odds.

McCarthy needs to win 7 games next year to stay on the list. Probably not too hard. On the other hand, he could lose in the first round of the playoffs and get canned by Jerry Jones immediately, in which case he wouldn't even need to worry about it ;)

Harbaugh needs a winning record to stay.

A 13-4 record would get Carroll back on the list juuuuuuuuust barely.

Level 86
Jan 10, 2023
Best active coaches who have coached between 50 and 120 games:

Matt LaFleur: .712 winning percentage, 66 games coached

Sean McDermott: .639 winning percentage, 97 games coached

Sean McVay: .612 winning percentage, 98 games coached

Mike Vrabel: .585 winning percentage, 82 games coached

I think out of these four I like McDermott's odds to make the list the best, but that's assuming Josh Allen can stay healthy.

Level 74
Feb 17, 2023
I enjoyed this quiz. I scored 21/23, even though I forgot a coach who has a stadium named after him. Thanks for the quiz!
Level 86
Jan 8, 2024

Belichick and Reid can't drop off the list next year. Reid continues to creep closer to becoming the active winning percentage leader.

Tomlin just needs to not be awful to stay on. McCarthy, Payton, and Harbaugh just need to not be really bad.

Sean McDermott needs 6 wins to make the list in his first year of eligibility. Similarly, Sean McVay needs 10 wins. One of these seems a lot more likely than the other. Kyle Shanahan technically could as well, though he'd need 16 wins to do it.

Pete Carroll keeps slipping further and further away. He'd need 15 wins to get back on the list next year. Seeming more and more likely that he doesn't get back on.

Matt LaFleur and Nick Sirianni look like they could have a future on this list, though they're both still a few good years away.