NFL Divisional Round Head Coaches: Three won and five have experience in the Super Bowl

As we discussed in a previous article, the new generation of quarterbacks has taken over the scene in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs, where only Patrick Mahomes had previously won a Super Bowl. However, that’s not necessarily the case when it comes to head coaches and their experience hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Of the eight head coaches left competing in the NFL playoffs, three of them have won the Super Bowl and of the other five, two of them have at least made it to the big game. In other words, more than half of them have some kind of experience in the game between the AFC and NFC champions.

Andy Reid, Mike McCarthy and Doug Pederson have already won the Super Bowl

Let’s start with the only one of the eight head coaches who has been on both the winning and losing side, that is Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs, who suffered the tough loss when he was the Philadelphia Eagles’ coach against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX, and reversed his bad luck when his current team defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.

The other two Super Bowl winners did it with another team they work for today, let’s start with the more veteran of the two, Mike McCarthy, the current head coach of the Dallas Cowboys won Super Bowl XLV with the Green Bay Packers vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The other victorious case is that of Doug Pederson, the current Jacksonville Jaguars strategist won Super Bowl LII when he worked for the Philadelphia Eagles and with them defeated the New England Patriots.

Kyle Shanahan and Zac Taylor lost the Super Bowl in their only opportunity

On the side of those who have played, but lost, are Kyle Shanahan who lost the aforementioned Super Bowl LIV with the 49ers against the Chiefs and Zac Taylor who last year with the Cincinnati Bengals lost Super Bowl LVI against the Los Angeles Rams.

This leaves Sean McDermott (Buffalo Bills), Nick Sirianni (Philadelphia Eagles) and Brian Daboll (New York Giants) as the three of this group who have no head coaching experience in a Super Bowl.