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The Most Pass-Happy Coaches in NFL History

Belichick checks to see where he is on the list.

Belichick checks to see where he is on the list.

Yesterday, I looked at the most pass-happy active head coaches and offensive coordinators in the NFL. If you’ve been a loyal reader of my previous posts on Game Scripts, you understand the methodology I’ve used today to grade each coaches. The quick summary is I’ve come up with the term “Game Scripts” to determine the average points margin over each of the 3600 seconds in each game; from there, I also came up with Game Scripts scores for each season.  If you then take each coach’s pass/run ratio, adjust for the league average pass/run ratio, and then adjust for Game Scripts, then you can determine each coach’s passing identity.  I’ve done this for every season since 1940.

The table below lists the 252 coaches I have in my database who have been either a head coach or an offensive coordinator for at least four seasons. I suggest using the search box to find your favorite coaches, but as always, all columns are sortable, too. In the table below, the number of HC/OC seasons includes all seasons, but the games, wins, losses, ties, winning percentage, and wins over .500 columns all include only the coach’s records as a head coach. The Game Script column shows each coach’s average Game Scripts average over each season, while the “P/R” column does the same for pass/run ratio.  The next three columns are all indexes centered around 100. The “SCRIPT” column is the Game Scripts rating, the “PASS” column is the Pass/Run Ratio rating, and the Pass Identity column is a combination of the two columns. (You can read some of the other Game Scripts articles for more explanation).  Based on his time in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers, Joe Philbin comes in as the most pass-happy coach, but that number seems likely to decline the longer he coaches. George Seifert built his reputation as the defensive coordinator for the 49ers, but having Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice turned him into a pass-friendly coach. As for the next two men on the list, modern NFL fans need no further explanation.

RkCoachHC/OC SeaGWLTWin%WO.500Game ScriptP/RSCRIPTPASSIDENTITY
1Joe Philbin6167900.438-23.858.8%122.5107.630.1
2George Seifert111761146200.648523.857.6%117.3108.125.4
3Mike Martz1285533200.62421161.4%104.312125.3
4Andy Reid142241309310.583371.959.4%112111.923.9
5Pete Carmichael500001.161.7%106.2117.323.5
6Sean Payton996623400.646282.259%112.6109.922.4
7John Mackovic464303400.469-40.959.5%104.3117.621.8
8Bill Belichick1828818710100.649863.356.1%118.510018.5
9Bill Walsh11152925910.609332.653.6%111.5106.417.8
10Don Coryell141951118310.572281.552.1%107.1110.317.4
11Tom Rossley600001.557.7%108.9107.216.1
12Jim Trimble448252030.55251.351.6%102.2113.215.4
13Gary Stevens900000.958.8%103.9111.215.2
14Sherman Lewis1200001.358.4%105.2109.915.1
15June Jones758223600.379-14-262.5%91.1123.514.6
16Marty Mornhinweg133252700.156-220.559.2%103.111114.1
17Marc Trestman800000.259.4%101112.813.8
18Jim Schwartz464224200.344-20-2.163.9%88.8124.913.6
19Clarence Shelmon50000356%117.595.913.3
20Josh McDaniels728111700.393-62.157.4%110.5102.613.2
21George Allen121681164750.705692.946.9%111.1101.913.1
22Mike Holmgren2027216111100.592502.356.3%111.2101.913
23Jerry Burns2495524300.54792.150.9%108.2104.612.8
24Mike Smith580562400.7323.356%118.394.412.6
25Don Shula3349032815660.6761723.149.8%112.999.712.6
26Bud Grant182591589650.62621.949.5%106.8105.812.6
27Bill McPeak670214630.321-25-0.452.9%96.9115.412.3
28Mike McCarthy13112743800.66136157.9%105.6106.211.7
29Jason Garrett740211900.5252060.1%100.5110.911.4
30Mike Tomlin696633300.656302.955.7%116.993.910.8
31Gus Dorais553203120.396-11-2.245.9%91119.810.8
32Joe Stydahar549202810.418-80.250.6%102.1108.710.8
33Dick Nolan11156698250.458-13050.5%100110.710.7
34Bill Callahan732151700.469-21.257.3%107.5102.910.4
35Max Coley600001.246.3%104.6105.710.3
36Mike Sherman996573900.59418157.4%105.8104.510.3
37Jack Pardee11164877700.53100.352.3%101.71089.8
38Tony Dungy132081396900.668702.254.9%112.996.79.6
39Tom Moore2200001.554.9%108.3101.29.5
40Don McCafferty447281720.617112.245.7%108.4101.19.5
41Dudley DeGroot445261630.61110139.6%102.8106.79.5
42Sam Rutigliano797475000.485-3-0.854.7%96.5112.99.4
43John Rauch670402820.58612-0.553.6%96.7112.28.9
44Lindy Infante1096366000.375-240.257.4%100.6108.38.8
45Dennis Green132071139400.546190.457.9%100.3108.28.5
46Luke Johnsos436231120.667125.733.9%113.594.98.4
47Hunk Anderson436231120.667125.733.9%113.594.98.4
48Jack Patera794355900.372-24-2.553.9%90.1118.38.3
49Brad Childress1074393500.52741.356.6%107.6100.78.3
50Jim Lee Howell784532740.655263.841.5%115.792.38
51Lisle Blackbourn448173100.354-14-2.951.7%86.8120.47.2
52Weeb Ewbank2026613012970.50210.949.4%103.7103.47.1
53Jim Myers400003.442.6%111.795.26.9
54Kevin Gilbride192261600.273-10-0.158.5%99.6107.36.9
55Bruce Arians900001.556.4%108.898.16.9
56Charlie Weis900002.454.6%112.893.76.5
57Mike Shanahan2629216712500.572422.553.9%112.294.16.3
58Ray Flaherty777512420.675271.838%105101.36.3
59Kyle Shanahan50000-0.258.5%98.31086.3
60George Halas232801739980.632743.143.1%109.596.76.3
61Sid Gillman182281229970.55230.551%101.6104.66.2
62Steve Fairchild50000-0.958.4%95.1111.16.2
63Tom Landry2941825016260.605881.848.3%107.498.66
64Dick Vermeil1522912010900.524111.251.8%107.298.85.9
65Gil Haskell1100000.756.6%104101.95.9
66Paul Brown2532621310490.6671094.241.7%113.991.95.9
67Bob Schnelker1400001.151.4%104.5101.25.7
68George Wilson12160688480.45-16-151.5%97.1108.45.5
69Richard Williamson41941500.211-11-3.160.6%85.4120.15.5
70Forrest Gregg11161758510.469-10051.5%101.1104.45.5
71Ken Whisenhunt996455100.469-6-0.258.2%99.7105.85.5
72Jack Christiansen567263830.41-12-1.253.2%95.7109.75.5
73Red Miller462402200.645181.346.1%106.698.85.3
74Jimmy Conzelman668343130.52230.139.6%100.6104.45
75Scott Linehan1136112500.306-14-1.860.3%89.81154.8
76Norv Turner2223711412210.483-81.355.7%106.498.44.8
77John Ralston670343330.50710.446.1%101.2103.64.8
78Mike McCormack681295110.364-22-354.5%87.2117.64.8
79Jimmy Johnson9144806400.556160.955.6%103.8100.84.6
80Alex Webster570294010.421-11-1.149.7%96.3108.34.6
81Jon Gruden14176958100.54140.756%104.699.94.5
82Mike Tice665323300.492-1-0.357.6%97.4106.94.2
83Brian Billick15144806400.556161.355.7%106.397.74
84Joe Gibbs192481549400.621602.350.9%11192.83.9
85Gary Kubiak18112595300.52762.654%113.290.63.8
86John Madden101421033270.75713.442.3%113.190.73.8
87Tom Fears649133420.286-21-3.454.4%86.9116.93.8
88Buck Shaw12150905550.61735342.1%107.995.73.6
89Ted Plumb40000-0.254.7%99.4104.13.5
90Wally Lemm10135646470.500.351.8%99.8103.73.5
91Ernie Zampese170000055.5%100.6102.63.2
92Bo McMillin438142400.368-10-2.247.4%94.6108.63.2
93Bill Muir80000-0.157%99.5103.53
94Wade Phillips11143826100.573210.556.2%102.2100.72.9
95Bill Austin456173630.33-19-1.752.1%94.1108.72.8
96Mike Mularkey1148163200.333-161.654.9%109.7932.6
97Rich Kotite1296405600.417-16-0.455.8%98.1104.52.6
98Tom Coughlin1727215112100.55530155.8%10597.42.4
99Sylvestor Croom40000-0.757.7%96.6105.72.3
100Nick Skorich798454850.485-3-1.449.3%94.21082.2
101Marvin Lewis10160798010.497-10.456.5%101.9100.22.1
102Ray Malavasi685444100.51830.848.7%106962.1
103Marion Campbell9115348010.3-46-3.556.1%84.6117.21.9
104Bobby Ross9137746300.5411056.3%99.81021.8
105John Harbaugh580542600.675283.253.3%117.784.11.8
106Tommy Prothro788355120.409-16-0.545.6%98.6103.11.6
107Jim Fassel13112585310.5225-0.256.4%99.1102.61.6
108Wayne Fontes9133666700.496-1-0.456.1%98.2103.41.6
109Pete Carroll7112585400.51840.456.6%100.6100.81.4
110Vince Lombardi15136963460.728623.842.3%115.885.61.4
111Bill Parcells1930317213010.569421.153.6%104.696.51.1
112Jim Mora1523112510600.541190.754.2%102.9980.9
113Bart Starr9131527630.408-24-149.5%96104.80.8
114Barry Switzer464402400.62516351.7%114.7860.7
115Lovie Smith9144816300.563180.955.4%10595.70.7
116Ted Marchibroda20186879810.47-110.152.1%99.4101.20.6
117Ray Sherman40000056.2%99.8100.70.5
118Ray Perkins14117427500.359-33-1.955.9%90.9109.60.5
119Rod Dowhower142952400.172-19-2.156.5%90.9109.40.3
120Blanton Collier8112763420.688422.646.2%110.489.70.2
121Tom Flores12184978700.527100.152.5%100.699.60.1
122Allie Sherman8112575140.5276-0.250.1%98.4101.70.1
123Joe Walton15111535710.482-4-0.451.7%98.9100.9-0.1
124Hampton Pool547261920.5747-0.844.4%98.9100.9-0.2
125Steve Mariucci9139726700.5185-0.356.2%97.9101.6-0.5
126Jerry Rhome140000-1.755.1%92.5106.6-0.9
127Ray Prochaska92200120.549.4%101.597.5-1
128John Becker500000.452.4%102.596.5-1
129Maurice Carthon60000-2.659.2%84.8114.2-1
130Jerry Glanville9129606900.465-9-1.555.5%92.7106-1.3
131Ron Erhardt2049212800.429-71.549.2%10791.7-1.4
132Curly Lambeau14156797250.52270.639.2%101.896.7-1.5
133Joe Bugel980245600.3-32-0.955%96.2102.2-1.6
134Ray Rhodes580374210.469-5-1.257%95.1103.2-1.6
135Bob Bratkowski150000-157.3%94.4103.7-1.9
136Jim Hanifan793395310.425-14-1.454%93105-2
137Tom Walsh50000-0.554.9%97100.9-2.1
138Larry Kennan60000-1.456.2%93.9103.9-2.2
139Chuck Fairbanks685463900.54171.641.1%107.889.9-2.3
140Gene Stallings458233410.405-11-357.2%86.2111.5-2.3
141Buddy Ryan7111555510.50-0.954.9%95.6102-2.3
142Buddy Parker151881047590.577291.144.4%103.394.3-2.3
143Jim Dooley456203600.357-16-2.551.2%90.8106.8-2.4
144Dan Reeves2735719016520.535250.652%102.495.2-2.4
145Howard Schnellenberger91741300.235-92.440.1%109.588-2.5
146Gene Ronzani446143110.315-17-4.152.2%86.6110.8-2.7
147Harland Svare774214850.318-27-3.751.5%85.9111.4-2.7
148Paul Hackett900001.453.4%106.790.5-2.7
149Cecil Isbell434102310.309-13-4.544.6%87.5109.6-3
150Pop Ivy676324220.434-10-1.650.3%94.4102.6-3
151Monte Clark9119516710.433-160.647.2%102.394.7-3
152Darryl Rogers458184000.31-22-2.155.4%90.1106.9-3
153Bob Baker40000-2.155.4%90.1106.9-3
154Cam Cameron111611500.063-141.453.8%107.989-3.1
155John Shoop40000-1.557.2%91.4105.3-3.2
156Greasy Neale10111634350.59203.432.6%109.587.2-3.2
157Ed Hughes9144910.321-51.547.2%107.389.3-3.3
158Rick Dennison600000.755.1%103.293.4-3.4
159Hank Stram1723813197100.571342.346.3%108.288.3-3.5
160Marty Schottenheimer2132720012610.613741.352.1%106.190.3-3.7
161Vince Tobin571284300.394-15-4.661.3%76.8119.5-3.7
162Chuck Knox2233418614710.558391.147.9%103.592.7-3.7
163Jim Ringo92332000.13-17-1.650.2%94.2102-3.8
164Chuck Noll2334219314810.566451.546%10690.1-3.9
165Dennis Erickson696405600.417-16-0.956.1%94.5101.3-4.2
166Carl Smith1300000.952.3%10491.8-4.3
167Ron Turner900000.554%102.992.7-4.4
168Charley Winner793444450.50-1.548.5%95100.4-4.6
169Bill Musgrave50000-0.555.9%96.399.1-4.6
170Al Saunders1239172200.436-5-0.254.6%99.195.9-5
171Mike Holovak9108524790.5235-152.3%96.898-5.2
172Phil Handler53843400.105-30-5.642.7%85.1109.4-5.5
173Art Shell7108565200.51940.252.4%100.194.3-5.6
174Raymond Berry687483900.55290.550.5%102.691.5-5.9
175Joe Schmidt684433470.5549242.7%107.986.2-5.9
176Jimmy Raye130000-2.156%89.4104.6-6.1
177John Robinson9143756800.52470.650.2%103.490.5-6.2
178John McKay9133448810.335-44-2.650.2%89.4104-6.6
179Steve Owen14158846590.56191.135.5%102.990.3-6.8
180Les Steckel51631300.188-100.652.3%10587.8-7.2
181Mike Ditka142161219500.56260.849.7%10488.6-7.4
182Walt Michaels687394710.454-8-0.746.8%96.496.1-7.5
183David Shula571195200.268-33-2.757.3%87105.4-7.6
184George Sefcik60000-1.756.2%90.2102.1-7.6
185Dave Levy40000-1.253.9%94.497.9-7.7
186Dan Henning19112387310.344-35-0.853.8%96.595.8-7.7
187Lou Saban16201959970.49-4-0.346.7%99.392.9-7.8
188Matt Cavanaugh800000.453.5%102.989.3-7.8
189Red Dawson448192540.438-60.135.7%99.992.2-7.9
190Red Strader558253120.448-6-2.543.9%91.4100.7-7.9
191Red Hickey555272710.50-0.145.5%99.892-8.2
192Mike Heimerdinger900000.853.2%104.687.2-8.2
193Jim Shofner871600.143-5-5.158.4%77.6114.1-8.4
194Herman Edwards8128547400.422-20-1.155.4%93.497.7-8.9
195Butch Davis458243400.414-10-1.856.3%89.8101.3-9
196Greg Olson60000-3.759.6%78.7112.3-9
197Darrell Bevell700001.352.6%106.784.2-9.1
198Pat Shurmur43292300.281-14-3.359.7%81.6108.9-9.5
199Jim Haslett7108476100.435-14-2.757.4%84.4106-9.5
200Tom Bresnahan500001.850.5%108.482.1-9.5
201Dick Jauron10142608200.423-22-1.856.4%90.2100.2-9.6
202Sam Wyche121918410700.44-23-0.952.1%9694.4-9.7
203Leeman Bennett8119506900.42-19-249.6%89.6100.7-9.7
204Greg Landry400000.250.5%100.789.6-9.7
205Jeff Fisher1827814912900.536200.453.3%101.988.3-9.8
206Chan Gailey1280344600.425-120.652.7%102.188-9.9
207Marv Levy1725514311200.561310.449.3%101.788.1-10.2
208Todd Haley745192600.422-7-257.4%88.4101.3-10.3
209Brian Schottenheimer700000.653.4%103.785.4-10.8
210Jock Sutherland445281610.633120.930.1%103.185.9-11
211Bruce Coslet17124477700.379-30-1.353.5%93.695-11.4
212Eric Mangini580334700.413-14-0.254%9989.5-11.5
213Joe Pendry1200000.751.1%102.586-11.5
214Tony Sparano561293200.475-3-0.354.2%99.289-11.8
215Chris Palmer103252700.156-22-2.556.8%86.4101.8-11.8
216Phil Bengtson447212510.457-4-2.547.5%9197.1-11.9
217Norm Van Brocklin131736610070.402-34-1.445.7%94.193.9-12
218Rob Chudzinski50000-0.854.9%94.893.2-12
219Ron Meyer9104545000.5194-2.252.1%90.897.1-12.1
220Hue Jackson4168800.50-1.956.5%88.898.5-12.6
221Mike Sheppard40000-4.958.7%75.3111.8-12.9
222Dave Wannstedt11169828700.485-5-0.152.4%100.386.7-13
223Bill Cowher152401499010.623591.749.9%109.477.4-13.1
224Bum Phillips11159827700.5165-1.145.8%94.891.4-13.8
225Don Breaux400000.451.9%102.483.5-14.2
226Joe Kuharich11142588130.419-23-1.943.7%94.191.7-14.2
227King Hill70000-1.948.1%91.194.3-14.6
228John Idzik40000-2.743.6%8897.2-14.8
229Terry Robiskie792700.222-5-0.651.3%95.789-15.3
230Mike McCoy40000-155.4%92.592.1-15.4
231Dirk Koetter60000-0.854.9%94.690-15.4
232John Michelosen448202620.438-6-0.936.5%97.286.5-16.3
233Walt Kiesling882294940.378-20-4.537.9%85.198.5-16.4
234Dan Devine456252740.482-20.536.8%101.381.9-16.7
235Dom Capers8128488000.375-32-2.354.6%87.794.8-17.5
236John Fox11176948200.53412-0.152.5%98.683.7-17.7
237Zeke Bratkowski60000-3.953.2%8398.3-18.7
238Jack Del Rio9136736300.53710-0.952.8%95.185.5-19.4
239Romeo Crennel683285500.337-27-3.455.9%82.298.4-19.4
240George Henshaw50000-0.450.4%97.982.4-19.6
241Greg Knapp100000-1.152.7%94.484.5-21.1
242Ken Anderson50000-4.255.5%80.897.9-21.2
243Dave McGinnis457174000.298-23-6.459.9%63115.5-21.5
244Ken Meyer4145900.357-4-0.138.9%99.876.6-23.6
245Mike Shula40000-0.249.3%9976.7-24.3
246Neill Armstrong464303400.469-4-0.841.6%96.778.4-24.9
247Jim Mora464313300.484-2-151.2%94.580.5-25
248Jack Reilly40000-2.654%86.188.9-25
249Rex Ryan464343000.53140.150.5%101.972.6-25.5
250Jeff Davidson50000-2.253.4%8787-25.9
251Mike Nolan455183700.327-19-4.656.1%73.5100.4-26.1
252Brian Daboll40000-252.3%90.980.5-28.6

I’ll give you some quick thoughts, but I’d love to hear your reaction in the comments. For the most part, these results aren’t surprising. Rex Ryan, Jack Del Rio, and Romeo Crennel rank as very run-heavy coaches, which jives with what we have all witnessed over the last few years. Bill Belichick is the most pass-happy coach among the group with 150 wins. It helps to have Tom Brady, although Belichick had some pass-happy years in Cleveland, too. Take a look at his yearly results:

YearTmGWLTGame ScriptPassSCRIPTPASSIDENTITY
2012nwe1612407.756.1%133.295.428.6
2011nwe1613304.360.2%124.6110.635.2
2010nwe1614207.455.2%14390.633.6
2009nwe1610606.657.5%138.410341.4
2008nwe1611503.154%117.891.89.6
2007nwe16160010.358.4%159.610665.6
2006nwe1612404.654.3%126.495.321.7
2005nwe1610600.957.8%105.4109.114.5
2004nwe1614206.150.6%135.179.915
2003nwe1614203.155.5%117.8101.118.9
2002nwe169700.462.1%102.2121.123.3
2001nwe1611503.953.7%122.589.612
2000nwe165110-0.859.1%95.5111.36.9
1995cle165110-2.659.6%87.2107.5-5.3
1994cle1611504.353.7%121.193.714.8
1993cle16790-0.655.2%97.4100.9-1.8
1992cle16790048.9%100.181.9-18.1
1991cle1661001.558.4%106.4110.917.4

It’s easy to think of the old ’70s Dolphins when thinking of Don Shula, but the Larry Csonka years weren’t enough to overshadow the Dan Marino and Johnny Unitas seasons. Shula’s teams hovered right around league average in pass/run ratio, but since his teams were generally very good, he gets labeled as a passing coach. The table below shows Shula’s yearly results:

YearTmGWLTGame ScriptPassSCRIPTPASSIDENTITY
1995mia16970260.1%109.510918.6
1994mia1610600.459.8%102.1111.313.4
1993mia169700.559.3%102.1116.418.5
1992mia1611502.259.2%109.8116.926.7
1991mia16880-0.360.9%98.7119.217.9
1990mia1612402.856.9%111.9107.419.3
1989mia16880-0.460.4%98.4117.816.1
1988mia166100-1.265.2%93.7133.827.5
1987mia158701.859.4%108.3123.732
1986mia16880-0.365.5%98.7133.932.6
1985mia1612404.457.3%122111.833.8
1984mia1614206.354.8%123.1104.627.7
1983mia1612403.445%116.982.3-0.8
1982mia97203.842.8%117.174.4-8.5
1981mia1611410.849.7%103.895.5-0.7
1980mia16880-2.351.5%88.8102.5-8.8
1979mia1610603.144.2%119.788.98.7
1978mia1611505.742.6%129.593.422.9
1977mia1410405.740.1%124.992.417.3
1976mia146800.143.8%100.299.7-0.1
1975mia1410404.233.7%113.766.3-20
1974mia1411303.635.5%116.668.3-15.1
1973mia1412209.134.7%130.481.812.1
1972mia1414008.731.4%128.971.20.1
1971mia1410314.939.6%118.183.81.9
1970mia1410403.540.5%115.376.6-8.1
1969clt14851-0.451.8%98.3104.73
1968clt14131010.145.6%133.291.724.9
1967clt1411126.752.1%126.3103.930.2
1966clt14950250.8%107.5100.17.7
1965clt1410313.349.8%119.610120.6
1964clt1412207.245.7%131.588.419.8
1963clt148602.154.6%108.1116.925

While Shula might be more pass-happy than his reputation, Paul Brown goes the other way. Brown is rightly remembered as a passing innovator, and he and Otto Graham gave the Browns an unstoppable offense for close to a decade. But he also coached Jim Brown for six years, and had some run-heavy teams with the Bengals in the pre-Bill Walsh days.

YearTmGWLTGame ScriptPassSCRIPTPASSIDENTITY
1975cin1411304.848.3%115.610924.6
1974cin14770246.7%109.3103.813.1
1973cin1410401.840.9%10695.61.6
1972cin14860145.4%103.2102.35.5
1971cin1441001.546.7%105.4100.96.4
1970cin148602.844.5%112.388.71
1969cin14491-3.550.1%86.597.9-15.6
1968cin143110-4.845.5%86.188.6-25.3
1962cle147610.849%103.3992.2
1961cle148513.441.7%113.878.2-8
1960cle128317.544%125.891.517.3
1959cle127502.439.4%108.776.7-14.6
1958cle129303.732.4%114.469.9-15.7
1957cle12921330%115.673.9-10.5
1956cle125701.331.9%105.783.7-10.6
1955cle129215.133.3%128.972.71.6
1954cle129309.240.4%125.776.42.1
1953cle1211107.646.8%122.893.816.6
1952cle128404.950.9%115.5116.431.9
1951cle1211108.843.3%130.998.829.7
1950cle1210205.939.5%120.690.911.5
1949cle129126.842.3%119.510726.4
1948cle1414008.338.7%119.992.512.4
1947cle1412111038.2%123.9102.726.6
1946cle1412201032.3%128.487.816.3

And, just because, how about Saint Vince?

YearTmGWLTGame ScriptPassSCRIPTPASSIDENTITY
1969was14752-156.2%96.1117.914
1967gnb149414.344%116.985.32.1
1966gnb1412206.242.4%123.472.3-4.3
1965gnb1410312.144.7%112.683.2-4.2
1964gnb148513.542.6%115.379.7-5.1
1963gnb1411215.142%119.376.9-3.8
1962gnb1413107.740.1%13274.46.4
1961gnb1411305.740.5%123.174.5-2.4
1960gnb128404.738.8%116.276.9-6.9
1959gnb12750-0.640.3%97.880.4-21.8
1958nyg00003.338.4%112.982.3-4.8
1957nyg00003.238.5%116.493.29.6
1956nyg00004.435.9%119.292.311.5
1955nyg0000442.4%122.597.119.5
1954nyg00004.748.1%113.197.710.8
{ 10 comments }
  • Tim Truemper May 21, 2013, 10:12 am

    Was surprised to see George Allen on the list at # 21 and Bud Grant at # 26. Given the era they coached in as HC’s (mid 60’s to late 70’s mostly) and their reputation as having conservative offenses. And zTon Landyr only at # 63 in comparison.

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    • Chase Stuart May 21, 2013, 10:31 am

      Remember, Grant and Jerry Burns coached the 1981 Vikings, which certainly made him look more pass happy (Pass Identity of 42): http://www.footballperspective.com/game-scripts-part-ii-analyzing-team-seasons/ (the ’78 Vikings were very pass happy, too).

      Also, “given the era they coached” has no meaning here, since all P/R ratios are adjusted for era.

      As for Landry, I don’t think of him as a high-pass attempts guy. Do you?

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  • Tim Truemper May 21, 2013, 1:30 pm

    To Chase

    I did not account well for the era adjustment, so that does effect my earlier response to the list. Regarding Landry, being a close observer of the Landry era Cowboys, I knew they were very run oriented. However, they also had the reputation as being “explosive” and innovative with gimmick plays, multiple formations, etc. They also had the underserved reputation as being a finesse team even though they often “grounded and pounded” on offense. Was just surprised to see Landry’s passing identity index below Grant and Allen’s teams given their reputation as being conservative on offense. Certainly for Grant, having Tarkenton and Tommy Kramer as QB’s had to help the passing identity score.

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  • Gary Michael May 21, 2013, 6:17 pm

    Is there any trend that defensive oriented HC’s are more likely to have lower identities than offensive minded HC’s? Right now, the hypothesis is based on Rex, Romeo and Del Rio; I’m sure a more robust study would help.

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  • Richie May 22, 2013, 10:57 pm

    “Ground” Chuck Knox came in at a disappointing 162nd place.

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