Ranking QB-coach duos: Can anyone top Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid?
10. Aaron Rodgers-Matt LaFleur
We'll start the top 10 off here. As stated, I'm going to weight the quarterback portion of the duo heavier than the coach. That's why you see Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur here instead of Jared Goff and Sean McVay.
Rodgers, 36, is coming off a season in which he threw for 4,002 yards, 26 touchdowns and only four interceptions while leading the Green Bay Packers to the NFC Championship Game.
LaFleur looked like a capable head coach in his first season leading a team. But his play-calling was questionable, and he was pantsed twice by Kyle Shanahan despite having the superior quarterback.
9. Carson Wentz-Doug Pederson
Doug Pederson admittedly is one of the best offensive coaches in all of football. He proved as much when he took down Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots with Nick Foles at quarterback in the Super Bowl.
The Eagles' duo finds themselves checking in at No. 9 because I need to see Wentz stay on the field and consistently play at the elite level he reached before his injury against the Los Angeles Rams in 2017.
Pederson is a master, and he showed that last season with his ability to craft a game plan while Wentz had carboarded cutouts to throw to. We've seen Wentz and Pederson working at their peak. If they can get back to that level, they'll shoot up the rankings.
8. Deshaun Watson-Bill O'Brien
As was the case with the Packers, the quarterback is really carrying this relationship.
As Bill O'Brien has done whatever he could to ruin the roster around his franchise quarterback, Deshaun Watson just keeps dazzling. There's no doubt that Pederson would coach circles around O'Brien, but Watson has blossomed into a star over the past two seasons, completing 67.8 percent of his passes while throwing for 8,017 yards and 52 touchdowns over that span. That's why the Texans' power couple checks in ahead of the Eagles' duo.
Watson will have a bigger task ahead in 2020, having to drag O'Brien through the season without DeAndre Hopkins after he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in the offseason.
7. Kyler Murray-Kliff Kingsbury
Big things are on the horizon for the NFC West's young duo.
Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury went through some early NFL growing pains last season, but they found their footing during the second half and showed why general manager Steve Keim wanted to pair them together.
Murray, the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year, had a plethora of jaw-dropping throws and eye-opening runs. Outside of Patrick Mahomes, Murray was the quarterback who gave the NFC champion 49ers the most fits.
With a year under their belt, Hopkins in the fold and the offensive line improving, I expect a big year for the Cardinals' tandem and perhaps an MVP season from Murray.
6. Jimmy Garoppolo-Kyle Shanahan
This one goes a little against the rating system since I believe Murray is a better quarterback with a higher ceiling than Jimmy Garoppolo, but I can't go against what my eyes saw in 2019.
Despite some head-scratching decisions from Garoppolo, the 49ers' offense, led by the genius of Kyle Shanahan, was one of the best and most efficient attacks in the NFL. Sure, some of that has to do with the run game, but that success is due in large part to how Shanahan massages his game plans and sets up opposing defenses to be gashed.
Garoppolo has room for improvement and all the Tom Brady talk in the offseason could motivate him to take it up a level. Despite some of his warts, Garoppolo still was the best deep-ball passer in the NFL last season and one of the most efficient red-zone quarterbacks.
With one of the best head coaches in the NFL in the equation, this duo has room to grow if Garoppolo can make the jump he's capable of.
5. Lamar Jackson-John Harbaugh
The reigning NFL MVP and a coach with a Super Bowl ring kick off the top five.
This honestly might be too low for the most exciting player in the NFL, but I just want to make sure Lamar Jackson can replicate the success he had in 2019 before placing the duo in top three.
Harbaugh is one of the best coaches in the NFL and deserves a lot of credit for revamping the Ravens' offense around what Jackson does well. The arrow is pointing straight up for Jackson and Harbaugh's partnership.
4. Tom Brady-Bruce Arians
The top passing offense in the NFL last season added the GOAT, and the party has been on in Florida ever since.
Bruce Arians has a long track record of success with quarterbacks from Ben Roethlisberger to Carson Palmer, and even Jameis Winston flourished in his system if you can look past the interceptions.
Start with a base of Arians' football genius, add a six-time Super Bowl champion and sprinkle in the dynamic playmaking ability of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski and there's little reason to believe this partnership won't be a huge success.
3. Russell Wilson-Pete Carroll
These two already have a Super Bowl ring together and have been able to keep the Seattle Seahawks competitive as they rebuild the defense on the fly.
There's no doubt Wilson deserves more credit than he has received throughout his career. Carroll is a good coach, but this is Wilson's show.
In their eight seasons together, Wilson and Carroll have failed to reach the 10-win mark just one time. No matter if Wilson is working with a running back who was signed off the street or deck chairs at receiver, he just finds a way to deliver wins time and time again.
2. Drew Brees/Sean Payton
This has been one of the most successful marriages in history.
Both Sean Payton and Drew Brees came to New Orleans in 2006 and turned the Saints into a winning machine.
Since linking up with Payton, Brees has won seven passing titles, been named Offensive Player of the Year twice and won Super Bowl XLIV. Payton has gone 131-77 with the Saints -- most of that coming with Brees under center -- and won six NFC South titles while reaching the playoffs eight times.
1. Patrick Mahomes-Andy Reid
We've seen all we need to from this pair to crown them No. 1.
In two seasons together, Patrick Mahomes has been named NFL MVP and led the Kansas City Chiefs to a title while also being named MVP and Super Bowl MVP.
Andy Reid's credentials as an offensive wizard are unassailable, and no one will knock the pair from their perch as long as Reid's attached to the NFL's biggest star.