8 Stud Def. Coordinators Who Became 9 Dud NFL Head Coaches
When NFL head coaching jobs become available (after someone gets the shoe!), sports media immediately culls up the names of the hot NFL defensive coordinators in the league, proffering them as the next great hires.
Many times, that can turn into one of the best moves a franchise can make, like when the Patriots gave their defensive coordinator, Bill Belichick, the head coaching job after Bill Parcells moved on. Or like when the upstart Dallas Cowboys tabbed Tom Landry as their first head coach back in 1960, after his tenure with the N.Y. Giants as their stud defensive coordinator.
More recently, look at the success the Atlanta Falcons saw this season in Dan Quinn’s second season. He was Seattle’s stellar defensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014 when they won and lost Super Bowls.
Now that all the NFL head coaching spots have been filled, assuming Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan signs with the 49ers, we can start to wonder which coordinators will turn into good NFL head coaches? Shanahan, Anthony Lynn (Chargers) and Sean McVay (Rams) are all offensive coordinators with new head coaching jobs. But which great defensive coordinators will become great skippers?
Denver hired Vance Joseph, Miami’s hot-shot defensive coordinator, for their head coaching spot, replacing offensive-minded Gary Kubiak. And the Bills hired more experienced defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, who coached a solid Panthers defense since 2011.
Do either of these guys have a chance to be stud head coaches – or duds?
8 Stud Defensive Coordinators Who Became 9 Dud NFL Head Coaches
We only chose guys from the past 50 years, as there were plenty of bad ones in the first part of the 20th century, too.
Marion Campbell (right) Photo Credit: Bob Verlin, Getty Images
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