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The person who takes the most heat on a football team over losses is the head coach. Often times they are made the scapegoats on down and out teams, but Super Bowl coaches are the elite and have reached football’s pinnacle for a reason.

Super Bowl coaches are undoubtedly excellent football minds and motivators. These coaches have reached the big game for a reason and it’s not always because they have the most talented team. They are the most important leaders on the football field, trusted beyond all others. The coaches who have reached the Super Bowl have all earned the unwavering respect of their players.

Those which have been to the big game and won as a player often have an edge when they reach the game as a coach because they know what the biggest of stages is really all about. Mike Ditka, Tom Flores, and Tony Dungy have all won Super Bowls as both players and coaches.

In 2013 we witnessed the first time two brothers have ever squared off as coaches in the final game of the season with Baltimore Ravens John Harbaugh against San Francisco 49ers Jim Harbaugh. The older brother came out on top, as the Ravens defeated the 49ers 34-31.

This year’s Super Bowl features Gary Kubiak of the Denver Broncos against Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers. Kubiak has guided the Broncos to the Super Bowl in his first year on the job. The former Houston Texans head coach (2006-2013) spent last year s the Offensive Coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. The Panthers patience with Rivera has payed off, as this is his 5th year on the job.

With Denver’s win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, Kubiak is set to do something no one in the NFL has done before. Kubiak will become the first to reach the Super Bowl both as a player and a head coach with the same franchise. Kubiak was the backup to John Elway for 3 Super Bowls (1986, 1987 & 1989).

Rivera will also be accomplishing a rare feat when his Panthers take the field in Super Bowl 50. Rivera will be just the 2nd Latino head coach to take a team to a Super Bowl.

According to oddsmakers, Fox and the Broncos have the edge to win it all, as Denver is currently listed as a 2.5-point favorite over Seattle. The first to do so was Tom Flores. Rivera can also add his name to another rare list if Carolina can defeat the Broncos, winning both a Super Bowl as a player and a head coach. Rivera was on the Chicago Bears Super Bowl XX team that defeated the Patriots 46-10.

Here is a list of all the winning and losing Super Bowl coaches throughout history:

SeasonSuper BowlWinning coachTeamOpponentLosing coach
2015XLIXBill BelichickNew England PatriotsSeattle SeahawksPete Carroll
2014XLVIIIPete CarrollSeattle SeahawksDenver BroncosJohn Fox
2013XLVIIJohn HarbaughBaltimore RavensSan Francisco 49ersJim Harbaugh
2012XLVITom CoughlinNew York GiantsNew England PatriotsBill Belichick
2011XLVMike McCarthyGreen Bay PackersPittsburgh SteelersMike Tomlin
2010XLIVSean PaytonNew Orleans SaintsIndianapolis ColtsJim Caldwell
2009XLIIIMike TomlinPittsburgh SteelersArizona CardinalsKen Whisenhunt
2008XLIITom CoughlinNew York GiantsNew England PatriotsBill Belichick
2007XLITony DungyIndianapolis ColtsChicago BearsLovie Smith
2006XLBill CowherPittsburgh SteelersSeattle SeahawksMike Holmgren
2005XXXIXBill BelichickNew England PatriotsPhiladelphia EaglesAndy Reid
2004XXXVIIIBill BelichickNew England PatriotsCarolina PanthersJohn Fox
2003XXXVIIJon GrudenTampa Bay BuccaneersOakland RaidersBill Callahan
2002XXXVIBill BelichickNew England PatriotsSt. Louis RamsMike Martz
2001XXXVBrian BillickBaltimore RavensNew York GiantsJim Fassel
2000XXXIVDick VermeilSt. Louis RamsTennessee TitansJeff Fisher
1999XXXIIIMike ShanahanDenver BroncosAtlanta FalconsDan Reeves
1998XXXIIMike ShanahanDenver BroncosGreen Bay PackersMike Holmgren
1997XXXIMike HolmgrenGreen Bay PackersNew England PatriotsBill Parcells
1996XXXBarry SwitzerDallas CowboysPittsburgh SteelersBill Cowher
1995XXIXGeorge SeifertSan Francisco 49ersSan Diego ChargersBobby Ross
1994XXVIIIJimmy JohnsonDallas CowboysBuffalo BillsMarv Levy
1993XXVIIJimmy JohnsonDallas CowboysBuffalo BillsMarv Levy
1992XXVIJoe GibbsWashington RedskinsBuffalo BillsMarv Levy
1991XXVBill ParcellsNew York GiantsBuffalo BillsMarv Levy
1990XXIVGeorge SeifertSan Francisco 49ersDenver BroncosDan Reeves
1989XXIIIBill WalshSan Francisco 49ersCincinnati BengalsSam Wyche
1988XXIIJoe GibbsWashington RedskinsDenver BroncosDan Reeves
1987XXIBill ParcellsNew York GiantsDenver BroncosDan Reeves
1986XXMike DitkaChicago BearsNew England PatriotsRaymond Berry
1985XIXBill WalshSan Francisco 49ersMiami DolphinsDon Shula
1984XVIIITom FloresLos Angeles RaidersWashington RedskinsJoe Gibbs
1983XVIIJoe GibbsWashington RedskinsMiami DolphinsDon Shula
1982XVIBill WalshSan Francisco 49ersCincinnati BengalsForrest Gregg
1981XVTom FloresOakland RaidersPhiladelphia EaglesDick Vermeil
1980XIVChuck NollPittsburgh SteelersLos Angeles RamsRay Malavasi
1979XIIIChuck NollPittsburgh SteelersDallas CowboysTom Landry
1978XIITom LandryDallas CowboysDenver BroncosRed Miller
1977XIJohn MaddenOakland RaidersMinnesota VikingsBud Grant
1976XChuck NollPittsburgh SteelersDallas CowboysTom Landry
1975IXChuck NollPittsburgh SteelersMinnesota VikingsBud Grant
1974VIIIDon ShulaMiami DolphinsMinnesota VikingsBud Grant
1973VIIDon ShulaMiami DolphinsWashington RedskinsGeorge Allen
1972VITom LandryDallas CowboysMiami DolphinsDon Shula
1971VDon McCaffertyBaltimore ColtsDallas CowboysTom Landry
1970IVHank StramKansas City ChiefsMinnesota VikingsBud Grant
1969IIIWeeb EwbankNew York JetsBaltimore ColtsDon Shula
1968IIVince LombardiGreen Bay PackersOakland RaidersJohn Rauch
1967IVince LombardiGreen Bay PackersKansas City ChiefsHank Stram