When you look at the job history of the head coaches that have made it to the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame, you see that for the most part they have coached a number truc tiep bong đá of different teams. It is rare that a first-time head coach will have immediate success enough to insure that he keeps one job for the entire time he is a head coach. It is also rare that a head coach leaves the coaching ranks (either by retiring or being fired) and doesn’t come back later to take another head coach position with another team.
Even some of the coaches we associate with one team because they were there for so long or were very successful with that team sometimes have head coaching experience with other teams. Hank Stram is known as the longtime coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, but he also coached two forgettable seasons in New Orleans. Don Shula, one of the most successful coaches of all-time, is known more for his years with the Dolphins than his younger coaching days with the Colts. Marv Levy is remembered as the mastermind behind the Jim Kelly led Buffalo Bills team, but he coached the Chiefs for a couple years in the 1970’s. Even the great Vince Lombardi who the Super Bowl Trophy is named after because of his amazing success in Green Bay also coached the Giants and the Redskins.
Joe Gibbs coached the Washington Redskins from 1981 to 1992 and won three Super Bowls in the process. One thing that contributed to his reputation as a great coach is that he was able to win those three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks (Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypien). Gibbs came out of retirement to coach again in 2004, twelve years after leaving the game of football, and the team he chose to make his comeback with was the very same Washington Redskins.
Bud Grant had a long and successful run as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 1967 to 1983. He coached players the likes of Chuck Foreman, Fran Tarkenton, Jim Marshall, and Carl Eller. The Purple People Eater Defense rose to prominence under Bud Grant’s watch and although he never won a Super Bowl with the Vikings, his teams made numerous playoff appearances and were a force to be reckoned with. Grant retired following the 1983 season, but came back and coached the Vikings for one more year in 1985 after one year away.
One way to make sure that you keep your head coaching job for an extended time is to also own the team. George Halas’ only coaching experience was for his beloved Chicago Bears organization. Halas led them for many years and at many different times from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. During his long run he would often times resign his coaching position or turn it over to someone else, usually returning to it after taking one to three years away from the team. George Halas was not someone who only coached because he owned the team; he also had a large amount of success and is remembered as a great football mind.
In 1960, the Dallas Cowboys came into existence as a football team and hired Tom Landry as their head coach. Landry coached the team for 29 consecutive years before leaving in 1988. The amount of great players that came through the Dallas Cowboys during his tenure is astonishing; Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Drew Pearson, Tony Dorsett, Randy White, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, and more. It is safe to say that the Dallas Cowboys would never have become “America’s Team” if they would’ve never taken a chance on a young assistant coach with the New York Giants named Tom Landry.
Known more today for his football announcing and an incredibly successful football video game that bears his name, many young people either don’t know or easily forget that John Madden made it into the Hall-of-Fame as a coach – and he did it at a fairly young age too. Al Davis, the longtime owner of the Oakland Raiders, hired a young little heard of John Madden to be the head coach in 1969. Ten years later Madden retired after the 1978 season as one of the more successful coaches in history. Nearly always having a winning record and making numerous playoff game and Super Bowl appearances (and winning some too), Madden could have gone on to coach almost any team he wanted and instead went into broadcasting.