Who Are the Best NFL Coaches in September?

Who Are the Best NFL Coaches in September?
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The key to success in the NFL during the regular season is to get off to a hot start. Not surprisingly, the best teams in the league usually do well in the month of September. They can rack up wins early in the year before the weather starts to turn and before teams start to find themselves.

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Best NFL Coaches in September

With kickoff just days away, we utilized data from Pro-Football-Reference.com to see which coaches get off to a hot start and have the best winning percentages in September games. Coaches must have at least three seasons as a head coach to qualify for this list.

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Team Coach Sept. Record Winning Pct.
Rams Sean McVay 16-4 .800
Packers Matt LaFleur 10-3 .769
Browns Kevin Stefanski 6-3 .667
Ravens John Harbaugh 33-17 .660
Bills Sean McDermott 13-7 .650
Titans Mike Vrabel 11-6 .647
Cowboys Mike McCarthy 34-19-1 .639
Chiefs  Andy Reid 51-29 .638
Patriots Bill Belichick 60-35 .632
Seahawks Pete Carroll 36-21 .632
Jaguars Doug Pederson 11-8-1 .575
Broncos Sean Payton 27-23 .540
Steelers Mike Tomlin 28-25-1 .528
49ers Kyle Shanahan 9-10 .474
Commanders Ron Rivera 18-21 .462
Raiders Josh McDaniels 4-5 .444
Buccaneers Todd Bowles 6-9 .400
Panthers Frank Reich 6-10-1 .382
Bengals Zac Taylor 5-9-1 .367
Saints Dennis Allen 3-12 .200


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So Far, So Good for Stefanski

Near the top of the list is Kevin Stefanski of the Cleveland Browns. While his sample size is a bit smaller than some of the other coaches on the list, his 6-3 record in September is shocking. What makes it even more impressive is that he’s done it with multiple quarterbacks, including Baker Mayfield and Jacoby Brissett over the last two years. His run game combined with a heavy play-action passing attack makes it difficult to defend early in the year while everyone is still shaking off the rust.  Another quick start would be a huge boost to the Browns playoff chances.

At the bottom of this list is Zac Taylor from the Cincinnati Bengals. He ranks 19th out of 20 eligible coaches in September win/loss percentage. With an 0-2 start last season, the Bengals Super Bowl odds took a hit at the time. But the Bengals became just one of 39 teams (out of more than 400) to open the year at 0-2 and still advance to the playoffs. They were one of only a handful of teams in NFL history to win their division despite an 0-2 start.

Cincinnati’s slow starts are a little bit more explainable than a few other teams on this list as Joe Burrow has dealt with some major injuries and health complications over the last few years. He has yet to play in the preseason and his lack of practice reps in training camp have caused him and the rest of the offense to stumble out of the gate.

Winning early in the season is important, as you can see several of the perennial contenders have winning percentages above 60% in September. But in the case of Taylor and Bengals, they are one of the few teams that has managed to find success despite lackluster results in the first month of the year.

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Marcus Mosher covers the NFL, NFL Draft and NFL news for BetOhio.com. The managing editor of The Raiders Wire, Marcus is also a contributor to The Athletic DFW, Pro Football Weekly and FanSided, and previously wrote for FanRag Sports. He hosts Locked On Cowboys Podcast.

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