NFL Coaching Trees – Pt. 3 – In the NFL
Posted by Andrew McKillop on July 20, 2011
- The Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles have had the most (seven) current NFL head coaches as assistants.
- From 1999-2002 the Eagles had 5 current NFL head coaches as assistants (Frazier, Jo. Harbaugh, Rivera, Shurmur, Spagnuolo).
- Bill Belichik has spent 20 years in the NFL as an assistant, the most years by any current NFL head coach.
In part three of my series on NFL coaching trees, I’ll breakdown the connections current NFL head coaches made as assistant coaches in the NFL.
While every current NFL head coaches was once an assistant in the league, some have spent more time as assistants than others. For example Bill Belichick has spent 20 years in the league as an assistant, the most by any current NFL head coach. Meanwhile Jim Harbaugh has only spent two years in the NFL as an assistant, the least by any current coach.
Current NFL Head Coaches as Assistants in the NFL
Legend: Yrs Asst (Years as an assistant in the league), Tms Asst (Teams worked for as an assistant), HC Asst (Head coaches worked for as an assistant; includes interim coaches)
|Coach||Yrs Asst||Tms Asst||HC Asst|
|Jack Del Rio||6||3||3|
¹ Chan Gailey was only on Todd Haley’s KC staff for the off-season/pre-season of 2009.
The Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles have had the most (seven) current NFL head coaches as assistants. Followed by the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and San Francisco 49ers.
Current NFL Head Coaches as Assistants in the NFL by Team
Legend: Asst (Number of current NFL head coaches as assistants)
|Eagles||7||T. Coughlin, L. Frazier, Jo. Harbaugh, S. Payton, R. Rivera, P. Shurmur, S. Spagnuolo|
|Ravens||7||J. Del Rio, H. Jackson, M. Lewis, R. Ryan, J. Scwartz, M. Smith, K. Whisenhunt|
|49ers||5||P. Carroll, G. Kubiak, M. McCarthy, M. Shanahan, N. Turner|
|Cowboys||5||J. Garrett, T. Haley, S. Payton, T. Sparano, N. Turner|
|Giants||5||B. Belichick, J. Fox, S. Payton, S. Spagnuolo|
|Broncos||4||B. Belichick, C. Gailey, G. Kubiak, M. Shanahan|
|Buccaneers||4||J. Caldwell, R. Morris, L. Smith, M. Tomlin|
|Jets||4||B. Belichick, P. Carroll, T. Haley, K. Whisenhunt|
|Rams||4||J. Fox, P. Shurmur, L. Smith, N. Turner|
|Steelers||4||J. Fox, C. Gailey, M. Lewis, K. Whisenhunt|
|Browns||3||J. Schwartz, T. Sparano, K. Whisenhunt|
|Chargers||3||J. Fox, R. Rivera, N. Turner|
|Colts||3||B. Belichick, J. Caldwell, L. Frazier|
|Dolphins||3||C. Gailey, J. Garrett, N. Turner|
|Packers||3||T. Coughlin, M. McCarthy, A. Reid|
|Raiders||3||J. Fox, Ji. Harbaugh, H. Jackson|
|Redskins||3||H. Jackson, M. Lewis, T. Sparano|
|Vikings||3||P. Carroll, L. Frazier, M. Tomlin|
|Bears||2||T. Haley, R. Rivera|
|Bengals||2||L. Frazier, H. Jackson|
|Cardinals||2||T. Haley, R. Ryan|
|Chiefs||2||C. Gailey, M. McCarthy|
|Jaguars||2||M. Smith, T. Sparano|
|Saints||2||J. Del Rio, M. McCarthy|
|Titans||2||M. Munchak, J. Schwartz|
|Panthers||1||J. Del Rio|
John Fox is the only current NFL head coach to have been an assistant in the USFL (L.A. Express). Hue Jackson (London Monarchs) and Steve Spagnuolo (Barcelona Dragons) were assistants in the World League of American Football. Spagnuolo was also an assistant in NFL Europe (Frankfurt Galaxy).
From 1999-2002 the Philadelphia Eagles had five current NFL head coaches as assistants (L. Frazier, Jo. Harbaugh, R. Rivera, P. Shurmur, S. Spagnuolo).
The following coaches were once assistants of the team they are now the head coach of:
|Bill Belichick||Patriots||1996||Bill Parcells|
|Jim Caldwell||Colts||2002-08||Tony Dungy|
|Leslie Frazier||Vikings||2007-10||Brad Childress|
|Jason Garrett||Cowboys||2007-10||Wade Phillips|
|Hue Jackson||Raiders||2010||Tom Cable|
|Mike McCarthy||Packers||1999||Ray Rhodes|
|Raheem Morris||Buccaneers||2002-08||Jon Gruden|
|Mike Munchak||Titans||1994-08||Jack Pardee (94) /Jeff Fisher (94-08)|
|Norv Turner||Chargers||2001||Mike Riley|
Listed below are current NFL head coaches that have won Super Bowl’s as assistants.
Current NFL Head Coaches Who Won a Super Bowl as an Assistant
|Jim Caldwell||Colts||2006||Tony Dungy|
|Tom Coughlin||Giants||1990||Bill Parcells|
|Jack Del Rio||Ravens||2000||Brian Billick|
|Leslie Frazier||Colts||2006||Tony Dungy|
|Gary Kubiak||49ers||1994||George Seifert|
|Gary Kubiak||Broncos||1997-98||Mike Shanahan|
|Raheem Morris||Buccaneers||2002||Jon Gruden|
|Andy Reid||Packers||1996||Mike Holmgren|
|Rex Ryan||Ravens||2000||Brian Billick|
|Mike Shanahan||49ers||1994||George Seifert|
|Mike Smith||Ravens||2000||Brian Billick|
|Steve Spagnuolo||Giants||2007||Tom Coughlin|
|Ken Whisenhunt||Steelers||2005||Bill Cowher|
|Norv Turner||Cowboys||1992-93||Jimmy Johnson|
Five current NFL head coaches have worked under Bill Parcells and Andy Reid. Four current coaches worked under Brian Billick, Tony Dungy, and Ted Marchibroda.
|Bill Parcells||Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin, Todd Haley, Sean Payton, Tony Sparano|
|Andy Reid||Leslie Frazier, John Harbaugh, Ron Rivera, Pat Shurmur, Steve Spagnuolo|
|Brian Billick||Jack Del Rio, Marvin Lewis, Rex Ryan, Mike Smith|
|Tony Dungy||Jim Caldwell, Leslie Frazier, Lovie Smith, Mike Tomlin|
|Ted Marchibroda||Bill Belichick, Marvin Lewis, Jim Schwartz, Ken Whisenhunt|