7 Great Off. Coordinators Who Became 7 Crappy NFL Head Coaches

  • David Gonos


The NFL loves the newest, hottest offensive coordinators, and these guys know they have to strike while the iron’s hot, so they often take head coaching jobs well before they’re ready.

Anthony Lynn, Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan are going from 2016 offensive coordinators to becoming 2017 NFL head coaches. It remains to be seen whether any of them will become Hall of Famers, like Bill Belichick and Don Shula, middle-of-the-road fellas, like Norv Turner and Jack Del Rio, or bottom-of-the-barrel guys – like the ones we’re going to be talking about here.

With about one-quarter of all the NFL teams changing out their head coaching positions from one year to the next, there are always some good hires and bad hires.

But we’re going to look at the really bad hires that helped set some franchises back a few years.

7 Great Offensive Coordinators Who Became 7 Crappy NFL Head Coaches

We only chose guys from the past 50 years, as there were some pretty bad ones in the first part of the 20th century, too. Later this week, we’ll look at the great defensive coordinators that became bad NFL head coaches (there are more than seven!).

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David Gonos

David Gonos has been writing about sports online since 2001, including CBSSports.com, FoxSports.com, NFL.com, MLB.com and SportsIllustrated.com.