Wednesday, I ranked the top-five defensive coaches in the NFL right now. Today, I rank the top-five offensive coaches.
1. Sean Payton – He’s been the Saints’ head coach for seven seasons. Before that, he was the Giants’ offensive coordinator three seasons. Except for his first year in New York, Payton’s offense has ranked top-ten in yards every season he has coached. The one season his offense didn’t rank top-ten, it ranked 13th. When it comes to scoring, his Saints’ offense ranked first in 2008 and 2009, and second in 2011.
2. Andy Reid – Nine-of-his-15 seasons as a head coach in the NFL, his offense has ranked top-ten in scoring. Last season, which was Reid’s first in Kansas City, the Chiefs’ offense ranked 6th in scoring. It ranked dead last in scoring the season before Reid arrived.
3. Marc Trestman – Four-of-his-nine seasons as either a head coach or an offensive coordinator in the NFL, his offense has ranked top-three in scoring. When he was the 49ers’ offensive coordinator, his offense ranked first in 1995 and third 1996. When he was the Raiders’ offensive coordinator, his offense ranked second 2002. Last season, which was his first as a head coach in the NFL, his Bears’ offense ranked second.
4. Chip Kelly – His first season as a head coach in the NFL, his Eagles’ offense ranked fourth in scoring, second in yards, first in rushing yards per attempt and second in rushing touchdowns. Kelly also turned Nick Foles into a Pro Bowl quarterback. Foles led the NFL in touchdown percentage, yards per pass attempt and passer rating last season.
5. Bruce Arians – He can turn any offense into a good offense immediately. In 2007, his first season as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator, he improved Ben Roethlisberger’s passer rating from 75.4 to 104.1. In 2012, Arians’ first season as the Colts’ offensive coordinator, he coached rookie quarterback Andrew Luck to a Pro Bowl season, and Indianapolis’ offense ranked 10th in yards after ranking 30th the season before. In 2013, Arians’ first season as the Cardinals’ head coach, Arizona’s offense ranked 12th in yards after ranking 31st the season before.
Who do you think are the top-five offensive coaches in the NFL?