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History of Super Bowl Coaches with New Teams


Following the news of John Fox's recent hiring to be the 14th head coach of the Denver Broncos, it's worth reviewing the historical track record of head coaches who have participated in the Super Bowl and then been hired by another team afterwards.  I'm assuming that we all feel that the ultimate goal is for the Broncos to return and ultimately win the Super Bowl again, so based on history, how likely is this to occur?  The answer may surprise you after the jump. . .

After reviewing the list of head coaches who have participated (either won or lost) in the 44 Super Bowls, only the following coaches have won when they went to the Super Bowl with their second team:

Head Coach

First Super Bowl Team / Second Super Bowl Team

Don Shula

ColtsDolphins (Won Super Bowl VII & VIII)

Dick Vermeil

EaglesRams (Won Super Bowl XXXIV)

Two coaches - that's it.  Additionally, the '99 Rams that won Super Bowl XXXIV may or may not have been a fluke (but that is a discussion for another day).

Obviously, winning the Super Bowl is difficult and simply getting two teams to the Super Bowl is a significant accomplishment. Therefore, if we relax our constraints and focus on coaches who have lost the Super Bowl with their second team, the list of coaches must be much longer, right?  Judge for yourself:

Head Coach

First Super Bowl Team / Second Super Bowl Team

Bill Parcells

Giants / Patriots (Lost Super Bowl XXXI)

Dan Reeves

Broncos / Falcons (Lost Super Bowl XXXIII)

Mike Holmgren

Packers / Seahawks (Lost Super Bowl XL)

What does this data tell me?  It is highly unlikely (though not unprecedented) that John Fox will win a Super Bowl with the Broncos, so we need to have realistic expectations going into this new era. 

Does that mean that I think it's a bad hire?  Absolutely not.  Given the amount of rebuilding that is required for this team, they will do well to have a fundamentally solid coach for a few years while the team's talent base is being rebuilt.  From all indications, the Broncos front office is planning to rebuild by strengthening the defense and playing ball control on offense (a la the Steelers).  Given the raw nature of Tim Tebow's skills (but undeniable winning ability), this is absolutely the right approach, but it will take longer to rebuild the team into a perennial contender.

In conclusion, I'm viewing the John Fox hire in the same way I viewed the Denver Nuggets hiring of George Karl a few years ago.  Is he a good coach and is he an improvement over the previous regime?  No doubt.  Do I see him being the coach the next time we win the Championship?  Highly unlikely.  Nonetheless, all processes take time and I look forward to watching the rebuilding process unfold.

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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