Since 1987, Bill Belichick – Patriots (17) and Jeff Fisher – Oilers/Titans (17) lasted the longest among coaches. Belichick’s Patriots have appeared in 6 Super Bowls winning 4 while Jeff Fisher’s Oilers/Titans have appeared in 1 Super Bowl, which they lost.
Since 1987, Wade Phillips has been a head coach for 5 different NFL teams (Broncos, Bills, Falcons, Cowboys, and Texans). Two of those 5 coaching opportunities (Falcons and Texans) were as an interim coach. Bill Parcells, Marty Schottenheimer were each head coach of 4 different organizations. Of the three coaches, only Bill Parcells (2 Super Bowl Appearances, 1 Super Bowl Win) reached the Super Bowl.
New Coaches by Season
2000 is the season that saw the most new faces (11). 7 new coaches started the 2000 season and 4 coaches were replaced during the season. There were 5 other seasons (1997, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2015) where 10 new coaches assumed the head coaching position.
Coaches by Team
The table below outlines coaches since 1987. The Seasons expression allows users to see how long each head coach was with the organization.
They say that coaches are hired to get fired and the data certainly supports that statement. I wouldn’t feel too bad for these guys; they are handsomely compensated and it softens the blow of being fired. And as the data also shows, most head coaches land on their feet and, more times than not, they are awarded a second chance to prove themselves. Here is a link to the app that I built. Go analyze the data and see what additional insights you find.