The 2012 National Football League regular season is 48 days away. The season kicks off on September 5 as the Dallas Cowboys face the defending Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants. Six teams enter the ’12 season with new head coaches at the helm. They are: Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis), Mike Mularkey (Jacksonville), Joe Philbin (Miami), Dennis Allen (Oakland), Jeff Fisher (St. Louis) and Greg Schiano (Tampa Bay).
Note: The Kansas City Chiefs have Romeo Crennel at the helm this season after a three-game interim head coach tag from last year was lifted for this season.
For the Raiders, Allen is their eighth head coach since 2000, most in the NFL since the start of this century. Miami’s selection of Philbin gives them their seventh head coach in the last 13 years.
Two teams, New England and Philadelphia, are the only two franchises that have had the same coach this century. Andy Reid has been the Eagles’ top man since 1999, and Bill Belichick took over as the Pats’ head coach in 2000.
Following are the number of head coaches each of the NFL teams have had since 2000.
7: Detroit, Miami, Washington
6: Atlanta, Buffalo, Cleveland, San Francisco, St. Louis
5: Kansas City
4: Arizona, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New York Jets, Tampa Bay
3: Carolina, Cincinnati, San Diego, Seattle
2: Baltimore, Chicago, Green Bay, Houston, New Orleans, New York Giants, Pittsburgh, Tennessee
1: New England, Philadelphia
The Eagles’ Reid and Patriots’ Belichick are obviously the current head coaches with the longest seniority in the league. Reid has coached 208 games for Philadelphia, and Belichick has 192 games under his belt as the New England head man. Here are the current coaches with 80 or more games at the helm of their current teams.
Coach, Team, Games
Andy Reid, Philadelphia, 208
Bill Belichick, New England, 192
Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati, 144
Lovie Smith, Chicago, 128
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants, 128
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay, 96
Gary Kubiak, Houston, 96
Sean Payton, New Orleans, 96
Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh, 80
Norv Turner, San Diego, 80
Ken Whisenhunt, Arizona, 80
Here’s a quick trivia question for you: Can you name the head coaches for the Eagles and Patriots before Reid and Belichick?
Here’s another trivia question to test your knowledge of the 32 current head coaches in the NFL: Can you name the four current NFL head coaches who are the winningest coach in their franchise's history?
Trivia answers: The head coach of the Eagles before Andy Reid was Ray Rhodes; the Patriots head coach prior to Belichick was Pete Carroll. The four current head coaches who are already the winningest coaches in their team's history are Reid (Eagles), Belichick (Patriots), Marvin Lewis (Bengals) and Gary Kubiak (Texans).
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