2. Tom Flores (1979-87)
We have written at length about the injustice that is Tom Flores‘s snub from the Pro Football Hall of Fame as it is abundantly clear that he deserves the honor. Flores had a solid career as a player but truly shined as the head coach of both Los Angeles and Oakland Raiders.
From 1979-87, Flores had just two losing seasons in 1981 and 1987 and went 85-53 over that
span. He had the difficult job of taking over for the man who occupies the top spot on our list and more than filled those massive shoes.
His .610 winning percentage is third in franchise history and perhaps most importantly, Flores won two of the franchise’s three Super Bowl rings in 1980 and 1983. The 1980 ring being the more improbable of the two as the Raiders became the first wild card team to win it all, 10 years after the format was introduced in 1970.
In addition to the two rings, Flores and the Raiders won the AFC West three times and made the playoffs in 5 of his 7 seasons running the show. Flores is one of the most beloved figures in Raider Nation and it is an absolute crime that he is not already in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.