The NFC North is loaded with solid head coaches. Here is how I rank the head coaches in the NFC North heading into the 2016 season:
1. Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers – 52-year old Mike McCarthy is a no-nonsense type of head coach. He wants to win at all costs. He led the Packers to a 10-6 (62.5%) record during the regular season last year and they were 1-1 in the playoffs. He is now 104-55-1 (65.3%) in his first 10 years as the Packers’ head coach during the regular season and he is also 8-7 (53.3%) in the post-season. He has won a Super Bowl as the head coach of the Packers! His 104 regular season wins is #36 in NFL history and his 8 playoff wins is tied for #23!
2. John Fox, Chicago Bears – 61-year old John Fox has been a solid head coach for a long time in the NFL. The Bears were a mess when he took over and he got them to finish 6-10 (37.5%) in 2015. He is now 125-99 (55.8%) during the regular season in his first 14 years as an NFL head coach. He is also 8-7 (53.3%) in the playoffs. He is 25th in regular season wins (125) and he is also tied for 23rd in playoff wins (8) in NFL history. He has led teams to two Super Bowls as a head coach, but he has lost both of them.
3. Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings – 60-year old Mike Zimmer could rocket up this list in the near future. He has built the Vikings into a tough run the ball on offense and play great defense kind of football team. They are definitely an old school and very effective football team. The Vikings were 11-5 (68.8%) last year during the regular season before losing a heartbreaker in the playoffs to the Seahawks on a missed chip shot field goal. Zimmer is now 18-14 (56.3%) during the regular season and they are 0-1 in his first two years in charge of the Vikings.
4. Jim Caldwell, Detroit Lions – 61-year old Jim Caldwell seemed to be on thin ice when the 2015 season ended, but he kept his job. The Lions were a disappointing 7-9 (43.8%) last year. He is now 18-14 (56.3) during the regular season and he is 0-1 in the playoffs in his first two years in charge of the Lions. He is now 44-36 (55%) in his first five regular seasons as an NFL head coach and he is also 2-3 (40%) in the playoffs.