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.)
Khan bought the Jaguars in December 2011. With the exception of a fluky 2017 run that culminated in an AFC championship game bid, they have been one of the NFL's worst teams. Khan is the only active owner to boast a sub-.300 win percentage. Khan's London ties have also led to the Jags leading the NFL in home games outside their home market. The team made the mistake of drafting Blake Bortles in 2014 and compounded it by extending him in 2018; these decisions led to Khan giving Urban Meyer full autonomy. This outside-the-box hire is a considerable risk given the Jags' investment in Trevor Lawrence.
Since buying the team in 2012, Haslam has employed seven head coaches and six front-office heads. In this time, the Browns have largely been a symphony of chaos. In between benching Brian Hoyer for Johnny Manziel -- whom Haslam pushed to draft in 2014 -- and the start of the 2018 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. While Haslam may interfere with the team's ascent, the franchise appears to finally be trending upward after its first playoff berth since 2002.
The league's newest owner, Tepper has the Panthers in the early stages of a rebuild. Jerry Richardson's successor now has a new coach-GM pairing (Matt Rhule and Scott Fitterer) and has changed starting quarterbacks in each of the past two years. Rhule's seven-year contract provides the ex-Temple and Baylor HC with a rare rebuilding opportunity. Cam Newton injuries harpooned Tepper's first two years, ahead of 2020's start of the Rhule era, leaving Tepper's win percentage near the bottom.
Charles Bidwill assumed Cardinals control in 1936; the franchise is 208 games under .500 during the family's run. Some brutal stretches have the Cards down here. Moving from Chicago to St. Louis to Arizona, where the franchise was handed off to Bill and Michael Bidwill, 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 mostly terrible 22-year era. The Jack Kent Cooke years brought Washington five NFC championships and three Super Bowl titles. In the Snyder stretch, the team has 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, with this summer's workplace culture rulings the latest issue. Ron Rivera is Snyder's seventh coaching hire, and the team is again in limbo at quarterback after jettisoning Snyder-influenced pick 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' win percentage since William Clay Ford took over in 1961 ranks well behind the rest of the NFC North. Buoyed by Barry Sanders, the Lions made the playoffs six times in the 1990s; their January 1992 blowout of the Cowboys represents their lone Fords-era playoff triumph. Ford took over after Bobby Layne's controversial departure, but even with 12 years of QB stability in Matthew Stafford, the franchise has now greenlit another rebuild.
Of the expansion teams since the 1970 merger, none took as long to make the playoffs as the Texans, who got there in Year 10. Bob McNair owned the franchise from 2002 until his 2018 death. Son Cal McNair is now in charge, opening the door to instability. The Texans have a few AFC South titles on their resume but no AFC title game appearances. Cal OK'd a setup where Bill O'Brien was both head coach and GM. He since fired the overmatched leader and hired a new GM but has seen franchise QB Deshaun Watson both become embroiled in a scandal and desperate to leave town. It is safe to say this is the Texans' low point.
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 .504 win percentage under Paul Brown tops the Mike Brown-era mark (.403, 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 over the past two years, finally spending on outside talent, Carson Palmer's not-so-subtle warning to Joe Burrow serves as a reminder what the franchise must overcome to build a contender around its new QB.
Woody Johnson finished his term as President Trump's ambassador to the United Kingdom and retook the reins from brother Christopher. The younger Johnson did not fare well, with the Adam Gase hire and 2020's 2-14 record sinking the franchise lower. But Woody's stewardship did not exactly bring enduring praise. While the Jets made six playoff appearances from 2000-2010, no team matches their current 10-year playoff drought. Woody erred with his Mike Maccagnan GM hire, and Christopher-chosen replacement Joe Douglas gave the keys to another first-round QB in Zach Wilson.
Ross acquired the Dolphins in 2009, succeeding 15-year owner Wayne Huizenga. The Dolphins are since 1-for-12 in playoff berths. Ross regularly signed off on irresponsible free agent spending, and the Dolphins populated the lower middle class for much of his tenure. 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 in 2019. GM Chris Grier and Brian Flores may be on the right track, but the Dolphins have not been consistently competitive since the early 2000s.
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. While the Bucs declined after their Jon Gruden-shepherded Super Bowl XXXVII win in January 2003, this past year certainly changed their standing. The team's Tom Brady signing preceded a host of big-ticket free agency moves to supplement the QB icon, and the Bucs are now preparing to defend a second Super Bowl championship. They brought back the entire gang to do so, too. Malcolm's sons -- Bryan, Edward and Joel Glazer -- are reaping the benefits of the turnaround.
Kroenke acquired the Rams in 2010 and is known mainly for the team's 2016 relocation to Los Angeles, making the owner the object of constant scorn in St. Louis. The Rams have, however, enhanced their profile since Kroenke hired wunderkind offensive mind Sean McVay in 2017. The Rams are 43-21 with a Super Bowl cameo under McVay, strengthening the NFL's Los Angeles foothold. The Kroenke-McVay-Les Snead regime continues to trade first-round picks for high-priced talent, and Matthew Stafford is now in town. These risks have yet to bite the Rams, but they are walking a tightrope.
Despite Dean Spanos' tenure producing five playoff runs, the Chargers' relocation to Los Angeles will be his legacy. The Bolts' predictable struggles establishing a fanbase in their first four years back in L.A. could worsen now that they play in a 70,000-seat stadium. Alex Spanos acquired the Chargers in 1984, and the team trended downward for years. San Diego qualified for Super Bowl XXIX but could not turn its Drew Brees or Philip Rivers employment into another Super Bowl berth. GM Tom Telesco's Justin Herbert draft choice, however, should at least make the Bolts a noteworthy L.A. attraction.
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 a 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 suffered through a lengthy 21st-century playoff drought to drag down its win percentage.
This family acquired this franchise in rather unusual 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 honcho 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. Post-Manning QB instability emerged, however, with Andrew Luck retiring in 2019. The Colts will rely on Carson Wentz, their fourth QB1 in four years, in 2021.
Taking over in 2002 -- a year after the team traded up for Michael Vick -- Blank released the star quarterback ahead of his impending prison term in 2007. Blank hired Bobby Petrino that year, only to see the longtime college coach bolt for an Arkansas gig by December. But the team rebounded in 2008, hiring GM Thomas Dimitroff and drafting Matt Ryan. While the Super Bowl LI collapse ended up being a tipping point for Dimitroff and Dan Quinn, the Falcons have won at least seven games in all but three seasons since the Ryan pick. Blank started over in 2021, hiring a new GM and head coach.
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 starting quarterbacks. Somehow, none of those were present for more than one postseason run. Wilf signed off on both adding 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, but Mike Zimmer has proven to be a solid coaching hire. He and 16th-year GM Rick Spielman have kept the Vikings from falling into the NFL's basement.
A Mara has presided atop the Giants organization since it began 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 125-131 in the Tisch-John Mara era, the franchise enters its 97th season with four Super Bowl titles and four more NFL championships. The Giants have endured rough patches, though -- most notably the 1970s and the one they are in right now. But each of the Maras won at least two championships, with John's the most impressive (Super Bowl XLII).
With a record-tying six Super Bowl titles and eight Super Bowl appearances, the Steelers' slot here is strange. But before Chuck Noll's 1969 arrival, the franchise was largely a laughingstock. The Pirates/Steelers 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. The 14th-year coach has continued the team's sideline stability, having never had a losing season. Art Rooney II is now guiding the old-school franchise, following in his Hall of Fame father and grandfather's footsteps.
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. Under previous ownership, the Saints set a record among active franchises with a 20-year playoff drought. They reached the postseason in Benson's third year. 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 stabilized the franchise. This duo is responsible for nine of the Saints' 10 playoff wins and their Super Bowl title.
While a stark win-percentage disparity exists between the Mark Davis years (.394) and Al Davis' number (.569), the Raiders slipped considerably in Al's final years running the team. Mark took over in 2011, and the Raiders have one playoff berth in his 10 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 marketing savvy and long heyday from the late 1960s to the mid-'80s has helped keep it relevant. Jon Gruden 2.0, however, has not started well.
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 the team's 1970s and '80s dry spell hurt its win percentage. The franchise then cycled through veteran quarterbacks -- many being ex-49ers -- for nearly 30 years before trading up for Patrick Mahomes, who has helped the Chiefs climb the win-percentage ladder.
The leader of the current NFL ownership contingent, Jones also has the biggest say among owners in his own team's personnel matters. While hiring a full-time GM would be the conventional way to go, the Hall of Famer is in his 33rd year owning the team and unlikely to change. Jones' NFL influence notwithstanding, the brash owner fired Tom Landry upon taking the job and could not coexist past Year 5 with Jimmy Johnson. The Cowboys have three Super Bowl titles under Jones, but without the roster Johnson largely built have never reached those heights since. Dallas has not won a divisional-round game in 25 years.
The Eagles have been one of the NFL's most competitive teams during Lurie's 27-year tenure. While they have bottomed out -- in 1998, 2015 and 2020 -- 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 (feat. Nick Foles) secured Philly its first Vince Lombardi Trophy. After the Wentz-Pederson partnership cratered unexpectedly last season, Lurie's longtime GM, Howie Roseman, has work to do. The 2022 draft will be vital to an Eagles rebirth.
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 Joe Montana's 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. However, the 49ers have undeniably dipped since Debartolo's departure.
Ralph Wilson owned the Bills from their 1960 inception until his 2014 death. An AFC dynasty in the early 1990s, the Bills for a stretch held major North American sports' longest active 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 franchise's 13-3 2020 season rocketed Pegula into the top 10 among active owners. GM Brandon Beane's two trades to move up for Josh Allen in 2018 also proved to be a seminal moment for the Bills, who have their first franchise QB since Jim Kelly.
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. Widow Virginia Halas McCaskey now owns the team. The Bears' win percentage has fallen since the 1960s. Chicago won eight NFL titles from 1921-63, peaking with its early-'40s dynasty and in 1985. The Bears' current fate rests in the hands of GM Ryan Pace, who has a post-Mitchell Trubisky redemption chance via Justin Fields.
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 kept them a contender for most of the past 30 years. After 2021's tumult, how much longer will the Rodgers-opened Super Bowl window last?
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen bought the Seahawks in 1997, and 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 are 23-9 since the transition.
While it coincided with John Elway's arrival, the Broncos became a top-tier franchise once Bowlen bought the team in 1984. 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 maximized Elway's final years. 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, and the on-field product has suffered post-Manning.
Bisciotti's Ravens have been one of the NFL's highest-floor teams during his 17 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' .596 win percentage under Bisciotti includes the Super Bowl-winning 2012 campaign that featured playoff upsets over the Manning-led Broncos and Tom Brady-piloted Patriots. Newsome protégé/successor Eric DeCosta has made bigger free agency waves, though Newsome's final first-round pick -- Lamar Jackson -- still runs the show.
Although previous Patriots ownership hired Bill Parcells in 1993, the franchise was among the NFL's worst in the early 1990s. Kraft's 1994 arrival began a sea change. The Boston-area native traded three draft picks for Bill Belichick in 2000, altering NFL history. It will be difficult for any power trio to top the Kraft-Belichick-Tom Brady troika's success, with Kraft's current win rate towering over his peers. The Belichick-Brady tandem stayed together for 20 years, crafting a unique modern-era dynasty. Kraft's teams have made 10 Super Bowls. Spygate and Deflategate provide complications, but Kraft is on his way to Canton.