Despite the Panthers’ 2-14 finish in 2010 in his final season in Charlotte, Broncos coach John Fox ranks fourth among active coaches in victories. The list of the top five active coaches and their win totals, including postseason:
1 Bill Belichick, New England, 140: Had a losing record in four of his five seasons in Cleveland. Love him or hate him, Belichick has three Super Bowl rings, though none since 2004, and managed to make the hoodie cool.
2 Andy Reid, Philadelphia, 109: Led the Eagles to five NFC championship games, including four straight from 2001 to 2004, when the Eagles lost to Belichick’s Patriots in the Super Bowl. But he hitched his fortunes to Michael Vick and could pay for it with his job.
3 Tom Coughlin, Giants/Jacksonville, 93: The former Boston College coach has mellowed some in recent years, but hasn’t lost his touch. The Giants have won two of the past five Super Bowls, going on a run last season after making the playoffs with a 9-7 record.
4 John Fox, Denver/Carolina, 92: Fox proved his coaching mettle last season by getting to the playoffs – and winning a game – with Tim Tebow as his quarterback. Now that he has a Hall-of-Fame quarterback in Peyton Manning, Fox is eyeing another Super Bowl appearance.
5 Mike Shanahan, Washington/Denver, 81: After the Redskins’ loss to the Panthers last week dropped them to 3-6, Shanahan seemed to suggest he was looking to the future. He later clarified his comments, saying he hasn’t given up on this season. “I’m not saying I gave the perfect quote,” he said.