NFL history is filled with legendary pairings of head coaches and quarterbacks. It's the most important relationship for any team looking to build sustained success and form a potential dynasty. Of all the great duos of all time, none did better than these five, who have combined for the most wins ever, including the postseason.
Most wins in NFL history by a HC-QB duo
#1 - Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, New England Patriots - 249 wins
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have the most wins as a duo by far. Their 249 wins are at least 100 more than any other pairing in NFL history. No duo in the top five of the rankings are still an active duo, so this record is going to stand for a long time. It's one of the many records that Brady and Belichick hold as a team, including six Super Bowl rings in nine appearances together.
#2 (tied at #2) - Sean Payton and Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints - 144 wins
Sean Payton and Drew Brees are tied for the second-most wins in NFL history with 144. They won a Super Bowl together with the Saints while combining to create one of the most consistently productive offenses of all time. Drew Brees ranks among the top quarterbacks of all time statistically, recording the second-most career passing yards and touchdowns.
Most wins in NFL history by a QB-HC pairing
Here are the five quarterback and head coach duos who have combined for the most wins in NFL history.
#3 (tied at #2) - Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers - 144 wins
Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger are among the most underrated duos in NFL history. They are tied for the second most wins ever with 144 and have won a Super Bowl together. They never once recorded a losing season as a tandem. The 2022 NFL season will be the first of Tomlin's head coaching career without Roethlisberger, who retired following the 2021 season.
#4 - Don Shula and Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins - 122 wins
Don Shula is one of the greatest coaches in NFL history, holding the all-time record with 347 career wins. About half of those wins came with Dan Marino as his quarterback. When Marino retired from the NFL, he held almost every passing record possible, including yards and touchdowns. He also holds the unfortunate title of best quarterback who never won a Super Bowl.
#5 - Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh Steelers - 121 wins
The only team Terry Bradshaw ever played for was the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Chuck Noll was his only head coach ever. They created a dynasty in the 1970s decade, winning four Super Bowls, including going back-to-back twice. Bradshaw was named Super Bowl MVP in two of their four victories. Noll and Bradshaw won 121 of their 177 total games together as a duo.