Lou Saban (Buffalo Bills)
It would be easy to put Marv Levy on this list because he went to four Super Bowls and failed to win any of them. However, here’s a question. How many coaches before or after him even got close to the Super Bowl? Exactly. Levy maximized the talent he had. The same can’t be said for Lou Saban. Most fans in Buffalo and elsewhere probably don’t remember. It’s likely because much of the 1970s has been stricken from the history books because of one man.
That would be O.J. Simpson. For those who don’t know why? Google it.
The fact is though the Bills teams of that era were good. Really good. They had Simpson at running back who is in the Hall of Fame. Joe DeLamielleure blocking for him. He’s in the Hall of Fame. There was also Pro Bowlers like Haven Moses, Ben Williams, and J.D. Hill. While Saban may have won two AFL titles during his first stint in Buffalo, one could argue he had a better team from 1972 to 1976. So to make the playoffs just once in that span. It’s not a good look.