Which franchises have done the best under their current ownership? After the NFL's 100th season, here is how the field stacks up by win percentage. (Note: the families that have owned franchises for generations are grouped together for win-percentage purposes.)
The Browns of the Haslam era have been a punching bag. Since buying the team in 2012, Haslam has employed seven head coaches and six front-office heads. In this time, the Browns have been a symphony of chaos. At 33-94-1, the Haslam-era Browns have a .259 win percentage. In between benching Brian Hoyer for Johnny Manziel -- whom Haslam pushed to draft in December 2014 -- and the start of the '18 season, the Browns went an astonishing 4-47. Kyle Shanahan once made a PowerPoint presentation about why the Browns should let him out of his contract. Cleveland has a long way to go; Haslam may interfere with that goal.
Khan bought the Jaguars in December 2011. With the exception of a fluky 2017 run that culmninated in an AFC Championship Game, they have been one of the NFL's worst teams. The Jags are 38-90 (.297) since 2012, making Khan one of only two active owners to boast a sub-.300 win percentage. GM Dave Caldwell made the mistake of drafting Blake Bortles in 2014 and extended him in 2018. Caldwell is going into his eighth year as GM. Khan's most notable accomplishment is giving the Jags a right-of-first-refusal arrangement to be the NFL's London guinea pig. The Jags are set for two London games in 2020.
The league's newest owner, Tepper has the Panthers in the early stages of a rebuild. Jerry Richardson's successor has hired a new head coach and released the team's most important player (Cam Newton) Matt Rhule and Teddy Bridgewater will oversee the immediate post-Ron Rivera and Newton years, and Rhule's seven-year contract provides the ex-Temple and Baylor HC with a rare rebuilding opportunity. With Newton injuries harpooning Tepper's first two years, the Panthers have won just 37.5% of their games (12-20) under their new owner.
Charles Bidwill assumed Cardinals control in 1936; the franchise is 208 games under .500 during the family's run. The Cards have a .411 win percentage under the Bidwills, which includes current owner Michael Bidwill's tenure. Moving from Chicago to St. Louis to Arizona, the Cards have never been long-term contenders. The franchise claimed the 1947 championship but lost in '48 and did not win a playoff game during its 28-season St. Louis run (1960-87). Kurt Warner's late-2000s cameo helped the team to Super Bowl XLIII, after a 9-7 season. The Cards have now pinned their hopes on Kyler Murray.
A Maryland native, Snyder has presided over a terrible, 21-year era. The Jack Kent Cooke years brought the Redskins five NFC championships and three Super Bowl titles; Snyder's Redskins have reached double-digit wins in only three seasons. Washington has not found quarterback or head coach stability, and turmoil -- be it at QB, head coach or in the GM's office -- has engulfed the team. Ron Rivera is Snyder's seventh coaching hire, and the new coach may or may not be on board with Snyder-driven quarterback draft choice Dwayne Haskins.
While Matt Millen took considerable heat when his 2000s GM tenure dropped the Lions into the NFL's basement, they have won one playoff game during the Fords' tenure. The Lions'.428 win percentage since William Clay Ford took over in 1961 ranks well behind the rest of their current division. Buoyed mostly by Barry Sanders, the Lions made the playoffs six times in the 1990s; their January 1992 blowout of the Cowboys represents their last postseason win. Ford took over after Bobby Layne's controversial departure, but even with 11 years of QB stability in Matthew Stafford, the team still cannot put it together.
Ross acquired the Dolphins in 2009, succeeding 15-year owner Wayne Huizenga. The Dolphins are since 1-for-11 in playoff berths with a .438 win percentage. Ross regularly green-lit mostly irresponsible free-agent spending for years, and the Dolphins populated the lower- middle class in that span. They won between six and eight games in nine of Ross' first 10 years. This led to the owner changing course and trying a full-scale rebuild. GM Chris Grier and Brian Flores may be on the right track, but the Dolphins have not been consistently competitive since the early 2000s.
The Bengals under icon Paul Brown achieved notable success, losing two close Super Bowls to the 49ers. Under son Mike Brown: less of that. Cincinnati's .449 win percentage under both Browns tops their Mike Brown-era mark (.408) since 1991. The Bengals have not won a playoff game since Mike took over and have frequently been accused of thriftiness. While the Bengals stepped up in free agency this year, finally spending on outside free agents, Carson Palmer's not-so-subtle warning to Joe Burrow serves as a reminder what the franchise must overcome if/once it selects the LSU superstar.
Malcolm Glazer acquired the Buccaneers in 1995, and while the owner made a catastrophic uniform misstep, the team ascended quickly once he hired Tony Dungy and then Jon Gruden. Since Super Bowl XXXVII in January 2003, the Bucs have declined. They have generally avoided being as bad as their Hugh Culverhouse years, but Tampa Bay's 12-season playoff drought is the NFC's longest. Overall, the Glazers boast a .450 win percentage; current owners Bryan, Edward and Joel Glazer are at .350, however. The Bucs are set for incredible relevance soon, though, having won the Tom Brady sweepstakes.
Of the expansion teams since the 1970 merger, none took as long to make the playoffs as the Texans. Houston's second NFL team did not make a postseason appearance until its 10th year. Bob McNair owned the franchise from 2002 until his death in 2018. He and his son Cal combined to post a .456 win percentage. While the Texans drafted some dominant players -- Andre Johnson, J.J. Watt, DeAndre Hopkins -- they have never advanced to the AFC Championship Game. Cal has also OK'd a setup where head coach Bill O'Brien is serving as the GM. The Texans are in an uncertain place as a result.
Kroenke acquired the Rams in 2010 and is known mostly for the team's 2016 relocation to Los Angeles, making the owner the object of constant scorn in St. Louis. Kroenke's Los Angeles stadium is about to open, and the Rams have enhanced their profile since he hired wunderkind offensive mind Sean McVay in 2017. While Kroenke has just a .459 win percentage, the Rams are 33-15 under McVay. They are presently retooling after GM Les Snead authorized some ill-advised extensions, but it's in the NFL's best interest for the Rams to thrive considering the L.A. market's Chargers apathy.
Woody Johnson currently serves as President Trump's ambassador to the United Kingdom, leaving Christopher in charge. The Jets' Johnsons-era years can be divided into two sections. They made six playoff appearances from 2000, when Woody bought the team, until 2010. Since: zero. Woody's GM hire of Mike Maccagnan resulted in years of reckless spending, and the Jets' Adam Gase hire has mostly produced ridicule. The Jets carry a .463 win percentage this century and need Sam Darnold to take a step forward in a direction more Chad Pennington and less Mark Sanchez.
Despite Dean Spanos' tenure producing five playoff runs, the Chargers' relocation to Los Angeles will be his legacy. The Bolts' predictable struggles in their first three L.A. years could get worse once they move into Stan Kroenke's 70,000-seat stadium this season. Alex Spanos acquired the Chargers in 1984, and the team carries a .478 win percentage since. San Diego qualified for Super Bowl XXIX but could not turn its Drew Brees or Philip Rivers employment into another Super Bowl berth. Their next quarterback will be integral toward building an L.A. fanbase or determining if another move must commence.
Amy Adams Strunk currently sits atop the Titans' ownership hierarchy, taking over in 2015. Houston Oilers founder Bud Adams died in 2013; he owned the franchise since its 1960 inception. The Oilers peaked early, winning the AFL's first two titles. Despite employing Warren Moon, they did not make another Super Bowl appearance in Houston. The Titans have enjoyed sporadic success, coming within one yard of overtime in Super Bowl XXXIV and making the 2002 and '19 AFC title games, but the franchise overall has a .484 win percentage. The team has now committed to 2019 success story Ryan Tannehill.
The Irsays acquired this franchise in an all-time strange fashion, when Robert Irsay traded the Rams for the Baltimore Colts in 1972. Robert Irsay is best known for trading John Elway in 1983 and moving the Colts to Indianapolis in secret a year later. Jim Irsay's time as owner began shortly before the Colts selected Peyton Manning. The all-time talent's prodigious work -- which included two Super Bowl appearances and one win -- helped Lucas Oil Stadium become a reality. The Irsays overall have a .493 win percentage. The Colts signed Philip Rivers but are still determining Andrew Luck's long-term successor.
Ralph Wilson owned the Bills from their 1960 inception until his 2014 death. An AFC dynasty in the early 1990s, the Bills held major North American sports' longest playoff drought by missing 17 straight AFC brackets from 2000-16. But Pegula's Sean McDermott hire in 2017 has begun to pay off. The former Panthers defensive coordinator has the Bills on the upswing, with the team on the heels of its first 10-win season since 1999. Overall, the Bills carry a .510 win percentage since Pegula bought the team in 2014.
With a record-tying six Super Bowl titles and eight ultimate-game appearances, the Steelers' slot here is strange. But before Chuck Noll's 1969 arrival, the franchise was largely a laughingstock. The Pirates/Steelers have a .529 win percentage largely because they played one postseason game from 1933-71. Art Rooney oversaw the Steelers' 1970s dynasty, and son Dan steered the ship during Bill Cowher's successful run and the bulk of Mike Tomlin's. Art Rooney II is now guiding the old-school franchise, following in his Hall of Fame father and grandfather's footsteps
Many owners have overseen the Vikings since their 1961 debut; Wilf has run the show since 2005. During that span, the team has made the playoffs with six quarterbacks. Somehow, none of those were present for more than one postseason run. Wilf signed off on both signing a 39-year-old Brett Favre and then, nine years later, fully guaranteeing Kirk Cousins' $84 million deal. Minnesota is 0-2 in NFC championship games during Wilf's tenure and boasts a .529 win percentage. Rick Spielman has served as Wilf's GM since 2006.
Gayle Benson running the Saints after her husband Tom's death generated a contentious battle from the Benson family, but she remains in place. Tom died in 2018. The New Orleans native bought the Saints in 1985. Within two years, the long-moribund franchise made its first playoff berth. Rumors of a Saints San Antonio relocation emerged before and after Hurricane Katrina, but the Saints hiring Sean Payton and signing Drew Brees in 2006 changed the franchise's trajectory. They won one playoff game from 1967-2005; they now have nine and a Super Bowl title. The Bensons-era Saints have a .531 win percentage.
Taking over in 2002 -- a year after the team traded up for Michael Vick -- Blank released the quarterback ahead of his impending prison term. Blank hired Bobby Petrino in 2007, only to see the longtime college coach leave the team for the Arkansas job during his first Falcons season. But the Falcons rebounded in 2008, drafting Matt Ryan. They earned the NFC No. 1 seed in 2010 and '12 and advanced to Super Bowl LI. While the Thomas Dimitroff-Dan Quinn era is thus far defined by that infamous collapse, the Falcons have won at least seven games in all but two seasons since the Ryan pick. They have a .531 win percentage under Blank.
One of football's most important figures, Lamar Hunt founded the Chiefs (who began as the Dallas Texans) in 1960. He remained in his owner post until his death in 2006, when current CEO Clark Hunt took over. The Chiefs have two AFL titles, two Super Bowl championships and have been generally competitive since Marty Schottenheimer's 1989 arrival. But their 1970s and '80s dry spell has their winning percentage at .532. The franchise cycled through veteran quarterbacks -- many being ex-49ers -- for nearly 30 years before trading up for Patrick Mahomes, who has the Chiefs poised to climb the win-percentage ladder.
A Mara has presided atop the Giants organization since it began NFL play in 1925, going from Tim to Wellington to John. Both Tim and Wellington are Hall of Famers; John has co-owned the team with Steve Tisch since 2005. While the Giants are just 119-121 in the Tisch-John Mara tenure, they enter their 96th season with a .534 win percentage. The Giants have four Super Bowl titles and four NFL championships, dating to 1927. The team has endured rough patches, though -- most notably the 1970s and the one it is in right now. But its current ownership also was there for this century's most iconic win -- Super Bowl XLII over the Patriots.
While a stark win-percentage disparity exists between the Mark Davis years (.382) and the Raiders' overall Davises-era number (.538), they had slipped considerably in Al Davis' final years running the team. Mark took over in 2011, however, and the Raiders have one playoff berth in his eight seasons in charge. The Raiders have moved three times -- to Los Angeles in 1982, back to Oakland in 1995 and to Las Vegas in 2020 -- and have hovered off the NFL's contention radar for the most part since Super Bowl XXXVII. But the team's 1970s and early-'80s heyday and marketing savvy have helped keep it relevant.
The leader of the current ownership contingent, Jones also has the biggest say among owners in his team's personnel matters. While hiring a full-time GM would be the conventional way to go, the Hall of Famer is in his 32nd year owning the team and unlikely to change much. The Cowboys have a .544 win percentage under Jones, who fired Tom Landry upon taking the job and could not coexist past Year 5 with Jimmy Johnson. The Cowboys have three Super Bowls under Jones, but without the roster Johnson largely built have never reached those heights since. Dallas has not won a divisional-round game in 24 years.
The 49ers' current ownership pipeline traces to Eddie Debartolo Jr. buying the franchise in 1977. Debartolo and Bill Walsh turned the 49ers into a superpower. The 49ers won at least 10 games in 16 straight years (1983-98), giving the keys to Steve Young in 1991 and finishing the run with five Super Bowl titles despite this dominance occurring in the NFC's toughest era. Legal troubles led to Debartolo leaving the 49ers in 2000. Nephew Jed York has run the team since 2009. His hirings of Jim Harbaugh and Kyle Shanahan already keyed two NFC championships. In total, the Debartolo family has produced a .553 win percentage.
The Eagles have been one of the NFL's most competitive teams during Lurie's 26-year ownership tenure. Philadelphia enters the 2020 season with a .558 Lurie-years win percentage. While they have bottomed out -- in 1998 and 2015 -- the team re-emerged with the Andy Reid-Donovan McNabb partnership in 1999 and the Doug Pederson-Carson Wentz alliance in 2016. Reid-McNabb remains the most successful QB-coach partnership in team history, and Pederson-Wentz -- with a major Nick Foles assist -- secured Philly its first Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen bought the Seahawks in 1997; the team's fortunes began to change. The conference-hopping team experienced stability with Mike Holmgren and Matt Hasselbeck in the 2000s and reached the mountaintop in the 2010s. Allen giving Pete Carroll a third chance as an NFL head coach and pairing him with GM John Schneider transformed the team, which soon made its seminal Russell Wilson third-round pick. Seattle has a Super Bowl title and zero losing seasons with Wilson. After Paul's 2018 death, sister Jody is now the franchise's chairwoman. The Seahawks have a .564 win percentage under the Allens.
The Bears, who have the second-most championships in NFL history (nine), have been in the Halas family since their 1920 American Professional Football Association debut as the Decatur Staleys. From 1920 until his death in 1983, George Halas served in key roles: player, coach, owner. Virginia Halas McCaskey now owns the team. The Bears have an overall win percentage of .565, though that number has fallen since the '60s. Chicago won eight NFL titles from 1921-63, peaking with its early-'40s dynasty and in 1985. Their current fate rests in the hands of GM Ryan Pace, whose Mitchell Trubisky pick has not panned out.
The Packers' 13 titles lead the pro football world. They established multiple dynasties and three-peated twice (under Curly Lambeau from 1929-31 and in 1965-67 under Vince Lombardi). No owner presided over this, however. Green Bay Packers Inc. has been in place since 1923, giving shareholders a stake in this corporation. Team president Mark Murphy currently serves as the top Packers decision-maker. The Packers fell off the map in the 1970s and '80s, but their Brett Favre-to-Aaron Rodgers baton pass has their win percentage still among the best at .568.
Bisciotti's Ravens have been one of the NFL's highest-floor teams during his 16 years atop the organization. GM Ozzie Newsome was one of the league's top drafters, and 2008 hire John Harbaugh is among the best in the game despite his background being in special teams. The Ravens have a .589 win percentage under Bisciotti. This includes their 14-2 2019 season and a 2012 campaign that featured playoff upsets over the Peyton Manning-led Broncos and Tom Brady-piloted Patriots. Newsome protege/successor Eric DeCosta has made bigger free agency waves, now having Lamar Jackson's contract around which to build.
While it coincided with John Elway's arrival, the Broncos became a top-tier franchise once Bowlen bought the team in 1984. They hold a .592 win percentage since. When Bowlen was in power, the Broncos did not have consecutive losing seasons and appeared in seven Super Bowls. Bowlen's 1995 Mike Shanahan hire helped maximize Elway's final years, turning them into a Super Bowl window. Bowlen hired Elway as GM in 2011. This helped woo Peyton Manning, who restored the team as an NFL power. Bowlen died of Alzheimer's disease in 2019 -- weeks before his Hall of Fame induction. His children are in a messy legal battle over the team.
Although previous Patriots ownership hired Bill Parcells in 1993, the franchise was among the NFL's worst in the early '90s. Kraft's 1994 arrival began a sea change. His trading three draft picks for Bill Belichick in 2000 altered NFL history. It will be difficult for any power trio to top the Kraft-Belichick-Tom Brady troika's success. His ownership win percentage -- .699 -- leads the field by a preposterous margin. The Belichick-Brady tandem stayed together for 20 years, getting to nine Super Bowls. Kraft's teams have made 10. Although Spygate and Deflategate provide complications, Kraft is on his way to Canton.
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