Dick Jauron

Richard Manuel Jauron (born October 7, 1950) is a former National Football League (NFL) player and coach. He played eight seasons, five with the Detroit Lions and three with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was head coach of the Buffalo Bills from January 2006 until November 2009. Jauron had previously held head coaching positions with the Chicago Bears and, on an interim basis, with the Detroit Lions. He was the AP Coach of the Year in 2001 after leading the Bears to a 13–3 record.

Jauron is a member of the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Class of 2015 in the Hall.[1] Jauron was selected a NFF Scholar Athlete in 1972.

Dick Jauron
No. 26, 30
Position:Free safety
Personal information
Born:October 7, 1950 (age 68)
Peoria, Illinois
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
NFL Draft:1973 / Round: 4 / Pick: 91
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Head coaching record
Regular season:60–82 (.423)
Postseason:0–1 (.000)
Career:60–83 (.420)
Player stats at PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

Playing career

Early years

Jauron was born in Peoria, Illinois.[2] He attended Swampscott High School in Swampscott, Massachusetts, and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was a Parade All-American selection as a senior, and was featured in the November 1968 issue of Sport magazine as Teenage Athlete Of The Month. He has been honored as one of the top ten all-time Massachusetts high school football players by the Boston Globe.[3]


Jauron rushed for 2,947 yards in three seasons (freshmen were not eligible for the varsity team in the 1970s) at Yale, a record that stood until 2000,[4] and was three times named to the All-Ivy League First Team, the first Yale football athlete to be so honored. His school-record streak of 16 consecutive 100-yard rushing games was not broken until 2006.[5] Jauron was awarded the Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award for sportsmanship following his junior season[6] and the Bulger Lowe Award, given to the best Division I-A/I-AA player in New England, after his senior season.[7] Jauron recorded the best rushing performance, 183 yards, in The Game his senior season.[8] Yale overcame a 17–0 halftime deficit to defeat Harvard, 28–17.

At Yale Jauron was a three–time All–Ivy First Team selection in an era when freshmen were barred from playing varsity football, and a First Team All America selection during his senior year. He was also a three–time letter winner on Yale's varsity baseball team.

Jauron won the 1972 Asa S. Bushnell Award as Ivy League Player of the Year in football. He is the only athlete to hold a berth in the College Football Hall of Fame, win the Asa S. Bushnell award, and claim selection as a NFF Scholar Athlete. In 1973, Jauron won the William Neely Mallory Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior male at Yale.[9]


After graduating from college, Jauron was selected in the fourth round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. He was also drafted as a shortstop by baseball's St. Louis Cardinals in the 25th round of the 1973 MLB Draft.[10]

Jauron chose the NFL. He started at free safety as a rookie for the Lions. He was named to the 1974 Pro Bowl in his second season after leading the NFC in punt return average. Jauron played with the Lions for five seasons (1973–1977) and the Cincinnati Bengals for three seasons (1978–1980). He finished his playing career with 25 interceptions and two touchdowns.[11]

Coaching career

National Football League

Assistant coach

Jauron began his coaching career in the NFL in 1985 as the Buffalo Bills defensive backs coach. He was offered the position by Bills defensive coordinator Hank Bullough, who was the Bengals defensive coordinator when Jauron was a player.

After one season with the Bills, Jauron was named the defensive backs coach for the Green Bay Packers. He worked with the team for eight seasons, serving under three different head coaches: Forrest Gregg, Lindy Infante, and Mike Holmgren.

Jauron became the defensive coordinator for the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995 at the invitation of then-Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin, whom he coached with at Green Bay. The Jaguars made the playoffs in three of Jauron's four seasons with the team, including an appearance in the 1996 AFC Championship Game.

Following his first head-coaching job, Jauron served as the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions in 2004 and the first 11 games of the 2005 season before being named the team's interim head coach.

Chicago Bears

Jauron became the 12th head coach in Chicago Bears history on January 23, 1999, when he was hired to replace Dave Wannstedt, who was fired after two consecutive 4–12 seasons. Jauron coached the Bears for five seasons (1999–2003), finishing with a 35–45 regular season record and one playoff appearance.

In his first two seasons, the Bears finished last in the NFC Central with 6–10 and 5–11 records.

Jauron, however, led the greatest turnaround in team history during his third season. In their 13–3 2001 campaign, Chicago finished 8–0 in games decided by seven points or less, including back-to-back overtime victories. Jauron was named the 2001 AP Coach of the Year and became the third coach in team history to record at least 13 wins in a season, joining George Halas and Mike Ditka, and eventually joined by his successor Lovie Smith.[12] Former Bears head coach Lovie Smith joined that group following the Bears' 13-3 regular season in 2006.

After earning their first division title in 11 years, however, Chicago lost a home game to the Philadelphia Eagles, 33–19, in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.[13] The Bears did not return to the playoffs under Jauron, finishing 4–12 and 7–9 in his last two seasons with the team. He was fired by the Bears after the 2003 season and replaced by Lovie Smith.[14]

Detroit Lions

Jauron was then hired by the Detroit Lions as a defensive coordinator. He was promoted to interim head coach of the Lions on November 28, 2005, after the mid-season firing of Steve Mariucci.[15] Detroit was 4–7 when Jauron took over and won only one of their last five games, finishing the season 5–11. Although Jauron was one of many candidates who interviewed for the head coaching position after the season, he was passed over for Rod Marinelli.[16]

Buffalo Bills

Jauron was named the 14th head coach in Buffalo Bills history on January 23, 2006, following the resignation of Mike Mularkey.[17] He led the Bills to three consecutive 7–9 records, finishing respectively third, second and fourth in the AFC East. In 2008 the team started 5–1, but ended the season on a 2–8 skid.

Bills owner Ralph Wilson announced on December 30, 2008, that Jauron would be brought back for the 2009 season despite the expiration of his three-year contract.[18]

On the morning of Friday, September 4, 2009, Jauron fired his offensive coordinator, Turk Schonert, in a morning meeting before the regular season began. Two different viewpoints emerged, Jauron stating in a press conference the reason for his firing was a "lack of productivity", while Schonert claimed that Jauron told him that he "had too many formations, too many plays", and that he "didn't simplify it to his liking."[19] Schonert was replaced the same day by former Buffalo Bills quarterback and then quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt.[20] After taking over, Van Pelt brought back the no-huddle offense, in the form of Jim Kelly's "K-Gun" offense that led the team to four straight Super Bowl appearances in the 1990s.

On November 17, 2009, Jauron was fired by the Bills.[21]

Philadelphia Eagles

On February 2, 2010, Jauron was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles as a senior assistant and defensive backs coach.

Cleveland Browns

On January 21, 2011, Jauron was named defensive coordinator by the Cleveland Browns. He replaced Rob Ryan, who then became defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. On January 18, 2013, newly hired head coach Rob Chudzinski hired Ray Horton instead of keeping Jauron.[22]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CHI 1999 6 10 0 .375 5th in NFC Central - - - -
CHI 2000 5 11 0 .313 5th in NFC Central - - - -
CHI 2001 13 3 0 .813 1st in NFC Central 0 1 .000 Lost to Philadelphia Eagles in NFC Divisional Game.
CHI 2002 4 12 0 .250 3rd in NFC North - - - -
CHI 2003 7 9 0 .438 3rd in NFC North - - - -
CHI total 35 45 0 .438 - - - -
DET 2005* 1 4 0 .200 3rd in NFC North - - - -
DET total 1 4 0 .400 - - - -
BUF 2006 7 9 0 .438 3rd in AFC East - - - -
BUF 2007 7 9 0 .438 2nd in AFC East - - - -
BUF 2008 7 9 0 .438 4th in AFC East - - - -
BUF 2009 3 6 0 .333 (Fired) - - - -
BUF total 24 33 0 .421 - - - -
Total 60 82 0 .423 0 1 .000

*Interim head coach

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Dick Jauron has served:

Following first head-coaching job

Assistant coaches under Dick Jauron who became NCAA or NFL head coaches:


  1. ^ Dick Jauron at the College Football Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Birth Place Peoria Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Gottlieb, Jeremy (July 23, 2006). "Swampscott legend steps up". Boston Globe. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  4. ^ Cavanaugh, Jack (November 19, 2000). "Host Harvard Loses 'The Game' to Yale". The New York Times. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  5. ^ "Another week, another touchdown -- or two (or three)". Yale Alumni Magazine. November–December 2007. Archived from the original on July 21, 2009. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  6. ^ "List of Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award winners". Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. Archived from the original on April 30, 2006. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  7. ^ "List of Bulger Lowe Award winners". Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.
  8. ^ Harvard Football News 2016, The Game, pg. 39
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  10. ^ "1973 Major League Baseball draft". www.mlb.com.
  11. ^ "Dick Jauron's career NFL statistics". Pro Football Reference.
  12. ^ "Bears get first division title in 11 years". CBC Sports. January 6, 2002. Retrieved 2009-92-16. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ Anderson, Dave (January 20, 2002). "Before the Collapse Came the Crunch". The New York Times. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  14. ^ "Bears boot coach Dick Jauron". Crain's Chicago Business. December 29, 2003. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  15. ^ "Lions Fire Mariucci and Promote Jauron". The New York Times. November 29, 2005. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  16. ^ "Lions set to name Marinelli coach, nearing agreement". www.espn.com\date=2006-01-19. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  17. ^ "Second impression: Jauron hired as Bills coach". www.espn.com. January 24, 2006. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  18. ^ "Bills' Jauron to keep job through 2009". www.espn.com. December 31, 2008.
  19. ^ "Schonert says O 'wasn't simple enough'". www.espn.com. September 6, 2009.
  20. ^ "Bills fire O-boss, promote QBs coach". www.espn.com. September 4, 2009.
  21. ^ Brian Galliford (November 17, 2009). "Buffalo Bills fire head coach Dick Jauron". Retrieved November 17, 2009.
  22. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1490986-cleveland-browns-hire-ray-horton-to-be-new-defensive-coordinator

External links

1999 Chicago Bears season

The 1999 Chicago Bears season was their 80th regular season completed in the National Football League (NFL). On January 24, Dick Jauron was named head coach. The club posted a 6–10 record under Jauron, who replaced Dave Wannstedt.

Quarterbacks Shane Matthews (1,645), Cade McNown (1,465) and Jim Miller (1,242) combined for 4,352 passing yards during the season, the most in franchise history.

2000 Chicago Bears season

The 2000 Chicago Bears season was their 81st regular season completed in the National Football League. The club posted a disappointing 5–11 record under head coach Dick Jauron. The season saw the addition of rookie sensation Brian Urlacher who would win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.

The Bears in 2000 played an NFL record 13 games against opponents that ended the season with a winning record, including four in their own division twice each; the Bears had a record of 4–9 against these teams.

2001 Chicago Bears season

The 2001 Chicago Bears season was their 82nd regular season and 23rd postseason completed in the National Football League. The team posted a surprising 13–3 record under head coach Dick Jauron en route to an NFC Central title and the number two seed in the NFC. The Bears, led by Jim Miller, seemed like a team of destiny, with five comeback wins during the season, including two straight improbable wins where safety Mike Brown returned an interception for the game-winning touchdown in overtime. However, it was not to be as the Bears were upset at home by the Philadelphia Eagles 33–19 in the NFC Divisional playoffs.

2003 Chicago Bears season

The 2003 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 84th season in the National Football League. The team improved to a 7–9 over its 4–12 record from 2002,under head coach Dick Jauron. The team was once again in a quarterbacking carousel with quarterbacks Kordell Stewart, Chris Chandler, and rookie Rex Grossman. In the end, head coach Dick Jauron was fired after the conclusion of the season.

2005 Detroit Lions season

The 2005 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 76th season in the National Football League, and their 82nd as the Detroit Lions.

The season began with the team attempting to improve on their 6–10 record in 2005. However, they were unable to improve their 2004 record and fell to 5—11.

The Lions began the 2005 season with a win over the rival Packers 17-3. However, the next week, the Lions were throttled, 38-6, by the Bears in Chicago. By week 10, the Lions had a 4-5 record after they had defeated the Arizona Cardinals 29-21 at home. However, the Lions lost 5 straight games following the win, and were eliminated from the playoffs with a 16-13 overtime loss to the Packers. The Lions would win one more game for the rest of the season, which was a 13-12 win over the Saints. The season concluded with a 35-21 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Steelers.

During the season, after the Lions lost 27-7 on Thanksgiving Day to the Atlanta Falcons, the Lions fired Steve Mariucci, and hired Dick Jauron to be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

2006 NFL season

The 2006 NFL season was the 87th regular season of the National Football League. Regular season play was held from September 7 to December 31, 2006.

The NFL title was eventually won by the Indianapolis Colts, when they defeated the Chicago Bears 29–17 in Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium at Miami Gardens, Florida on February 4.

Bob Jauron

Robert Thomas Jauron (May 8, 1919 – July 20, 2010) was an American football player and coach.

A native of Nashua, New Hampshire, Jauron attended Nashua High School where he was a three-sport star in football, baseball, and track. After graduating from high school in 1938, he played college football (as a halfback) and baseball at Boston College.Jauron began his coaching career as a high school coach, compiling a 73–14–1 record. He next served as the head football coach at St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, from 1954 to 1958. He compiled a 32–13–1 record in five years at Saint Joseph's and left the position in the spring of 1959.After leaving Saint Joseph's, Jauron coached for a year for the Kitchener Dutchmen of the Canadian League. In 1960, he returned to high school as the head coach at Memorial High School in Manchester, New Hampshire. After one year in Manchester, he accepted a high school coaching position in Lynn, Massachusetts. In March 1967, he was hired as an offensive coach at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He also served as the head football coach at Brandeis University from 1971 to 1972.Jauron was the father of National Football League coach Dick Jauron.

James Hunter (American football)

James Edward Hunter (March 8, 1954 – August 2, 2010) was an American football defensive back who played for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League. Hunter was the 10th player picked in the 1976 NFL Draft. He led the Lions in interceptions in 1976, 1977, and 1980. Hunter is 7th all-time for interceptions in Lions history. His son, Javin Hunter, played for Notre Dame and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.

Nicknamed "Hound Dog" for his long-striding running ability, he made an instant impact in the NFL. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound cornerback led the Lions with seven pass interceptions and was runner-up to future Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes as NFL Rookie Defensive Player of the Year. He got his first start in 1976 at free safety, subbing for another Lions’ great, Dick Jauron who had broken his leg. He shifted to left cornerback in 1977 playing alongside another future Pro Football Hall of Famer, Lem Barney. In his seven seasons with the Lions (1976–82), Hunter led the Lions in three seasons in pass interceptions (1976, ’77 and ’80) and had 27 career interceptions. He played in 86 Lions games before a neck injury sustained late in the 1982 season ended his career.

Hunter, Jimmy "Spiderman" Allen, and David Hill recorded a remake of Queen's hit "Another One Bites the Dust" in 1980.

Kenny Hill (defensive back)

Kenneth Wayne "Kenny" Hill (born July 25, 1958 in Oak Grove, Louisiana) is a former National Football League player whose career lasted ten seasons, from 1980 until 1989. Hill played for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, New York Giants, and Kansas City Chiefs and earned three Super Bowl rings, the first two with the 1980 and 1983 Raiders, the third with the 1986 New York Giants. Hill is the first and only Ivy League football athlete to have played on three Super Bowl championship teams.

Hill played college football at Yale University, coached by College Football Hall of Fame member Carmen Cozza. Hill lettered three years, amassing 1594 rushing yards on 356 carries. He gained 910 yards rushing his junior year and returned kickoffs and punts on special teams during three varsity seasons. Hill was named to the 1979 All-Ivy League First Team and 1978 All-Ivy League Second Team.Hill majored in Molecular Biophysics and Biophysics.Hill had signed a letter of intent to play football at Louisiana State for Charlie McClendon, another member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Hill was recruited by LSU to play defensive back. "I can't blame him for going to Yale. He's very bright," McClendon remarked. Hill turned down football scholarship offers from, among others, the football programs at Baylor, Mississippi, Mississippi State, and Tulane.Hill, a varsity track letterwinner at Yale for Coach Lee Calhoun, had been timed at 4.46 in the forty yard dash, and 9.7 in the 100 yard dash in college. Calhoun thought Hill could run a 9.5 in the 100 if he concentrated on track.[1]

Hill, like former Yale football athletes Don Martin, Dick Jauron and fellow Super Bowl champion Gary Fencik, converted successfully to defensive back in the NFL from running back or wide receiver.

Kyle Williams (defensive tackle)

Kyle Derrick Williams (born June 10, 1983) is a former American football defensive tackle. He played college football at LSU, and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL) in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, playing all 13 seasons of his career with Buffalo.

At the time of his retirement, Williams ranked fifth in Bills history in tackles and sacks (first overall in sacks among defensive tackles), and made six Pro Bowls. He was described by the Associated Press as "the heart and soul of the Bills" over the course of his professional career.

List of Buffalo Bills head coaches

The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in the Buffalo, New York metropolitan area. They are members of the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Bills franchise was formed in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), before joining the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger of 1970.There have been 19 head coaches for the Bills franchise. Buster Ramsey became the first head coach of the Buffalo Bills in 1960, serving for two seasons before being fired by Bills owner Ralph Wilson after the 1961 season. In terms of tenure, Marv Levy has coached more games (182) and seasons (12) than any other coach in franchise history. He coached the Bills to four straight AFC Championships from 1990–1993, but failed to lead the team to a victory in the Super Bowl. One of Levy's predecessors, Lou Saban, who coached the team on two separate occasions, led the team to the victories in the AFL championship in 1964 and 1965. Three Bills coaches—Saban, Levy and Chuck Knox—have been named coach of the year by at least one major news organization. Levy and Jim Ringo are the only Bills coaches to have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

There have been six "interim" head coaches in Bills history. First, in 1968, head coach Joe Collier was fired two games into the season and replaced by Bills personnel director Harvey Johnson. Johnson did not serve as head coach the following season. Then, five games into the 1976 season, Saban unexpectedly resigned as head coach. He was replaced by Ringo, the team's offensive line coach. Ringo returned to coach the team again in the 1977 season. In October 1985, Kay Stephenson was fired and replaced by assistant head coach Hank Bullough. Just over a year later, Bullough was himself fired and replaced by Marv Levy, who had previously served as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Levy would then serve as Bills head coach for the next 12 seasons. In 2016, Anthony Lynn replaced Rex Ryan for the final game of the season.

Following Levy's retirement, the Bills experienced limited success under a series of successive head coaches. Wade Phillips, the Bills defensive coordinator for the last three years under Levy, took over head coaching duties for the 1998 season. Phillips served as head coach for three seasons, making the playoffs in his first two (He was the last coach to lead the Bills to the playoffs until Sean McDermott became coach in 2017). After Phillips' departure following the 2000 season, Gregg Williams was named head coach. Williams served as coach for three seasons. At the end of the 2003 season, Williams' contract was not renewed. Mike Mularkey was named as the new head coach for the 2004 season, leading the Bills to their first winning season since 1999. The Bills experienced less success under Mularkey during 2005, and Mularkey resigned as head coach at the completion of the 2005 season. The Bills then named Dick Jauron as their head coach for the 2006 season. Jauron was the first coach since Phillips' dismissal with prior head coaching experience, having previously served as head coach of the Chicago Bears and interim head coach of the Detroit Lions. Jauron coached the Bills to three consecutive 7–9 seasons before being fired on November 17, 2009, nine games into the 2009 season. On January 19, 2010, the Bills named Chan Gailey as their next head coach; Gailey was fired on December 31, 2012. In January 2013, Doug Marrone was appointed. He exercised his option to leave in January 2015 following the change of ownership to Kim and Terrence Pegula and was replaced by Rex Ryan. Rex Ryan was fired from the team on December 27, 2016. Anthony Lynn served as interim head coach until January 11, when the team hired Sean McDermott to serve in the role on a permanent basis.

List of Buffalo Bills seasons

This is a list of seasons completed by the Buffalo Bills American football franchise. The list documents the season-by-season records of the Bills' franchise from 1960 to present, including postseason records, and league awards for individual players or head coaches. The Bills finished their most recent season (2018) with a record of six wins and ten losses.

For complete team history, see History of the Buffalo Bills.

List of Chicago Bears head coaches

This is a complete list of Chicago Bears head coaches. There have been 17 head coaches for the Chicago Bears, including coaches for the Decatur Staleys (1919–1920) and Chicago Staleys (1921). The Bears franchise was founded as the Decatur Staleys, a charter member of the American Professional Football Association. The team moved to Chicago in 1921, and changed its name to the Bears in 1922, the same year the American Professional Football Association (APFA) changed its name to the National Football League (NFL).

The Chicago Bears have played more than 1,000 games. Of those games, five different coaches have won NFL championships with the team: George Halas in 1921, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1946 and 1963; Ralph Jones in 1932; Hunk Anderson and Luke Johnsos in 1943; and Mike Ditka in 1985. George Halas is the only coach to have more than one tenure and is the all-time leader in games coached and games won, while Ralph Jones leads all coaches in winning percentage with .706. Abe Gibron is statistically the worst coach of the Bears in terms of winning percentage, with a .268 average.Of the 18 Bears coaches, three have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame: George Halas, Paddy Driscoll, and Mike Ditka. Several former players have been head coach for the Bears, including George Halas, Hunk Anderson, Luke Johnsos, Paddy Driscoll, Jim Dooley, Abe Gibron and Mike Ditka.

After Ditka was fired following the 1992 season, the Bears went through six head coaches starting with Dave Wannstedt, who coached until 1998. Dick Jauron took over in 1999 until he was fired in 2003. Lovie Smith was hired on January 14, 2004. Smith was fired on December 31, 2012, after the Bears missed the playoffs with a 10–6 record after starting the season 7–1. On January 16, 2013, Marc Trestman was hired to be the new head coach to take Smith's place. Trestman was fired on December 29, 2014, with a 13–19 record over two seasons. On January 16, 2015, John Fox was hired as the new head coach of the team. He compiled a 14–34 record over three seasons before being fired on January 1, 2018. A week later, Matt Nagy became the new head coach.

List of Detroit Lions head coaches

The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are currently a member of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The franchise has had a total of 27 head coaches in team history, which includes its existence as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans (1930–1933). In the 1934 NFL season, the franchise moved to Detroit and changed their name to the Lions.

George "Potsy" Clark is the only coach to have more than one tenure. Three different coaches have won NFL championships with the team: Potsy Clark in 1935, Buddy Parker in 1952 and 1953, and George Wilson in 1957. Wayne Fontes is the all-time leader in games coached and wins, and Clark leads all coaches in winning percentage with .679 (with at least one full season coached). John Karcis is statistically the worst coach the Lions have had as he never won a game. Karcis is followed by Marty Mornhinweg with a winning percentage of .156.

Of the 27 Lions coaches, two have been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Dutch Clark and Joe Schmidt. Gus Dorais was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1954. Several former players have been head coach for the Lions, including Dutch Edwards, Buddy Parker, Harry Gilmer, Joe Schmidt, and Dick Jauron. The current head coach of the Lions is Matt Patricia, who was hired on February 5, 2018.

National Football League Coach of the Year Award

The National Football League Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by various news and sports organizations to the National Football League (NFL) head coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. Currently, the most widely recognized award is presented by the Associated Press (AP), although in the past several awards received press recognition. First presented in 1957, the AP award did not include American Football League (AFL) teams. The Sporting News has given a pro football coach of the year award since 1947 and in 1949 gave its award to a non-NFL coach, Paul Brown of the All-America Football Conference's Cleveland Browns. Other NFL Coach of the Year awards are presented by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America and the Maxwell Football Club. The United Press International (UPI) NFL Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1955. From 1960 to 1969, before the AFL–NFL merger, an award was also given to the most outstanding coach from the AFL. When the leagues merged in 1970, separate awards were given to the best coaches from the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC). The UPI discontinued the awards after 1996.

Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award

The Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award is an American college football award given annually by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston to "the player who by his conduct on and off the gridiron demonstrates a high esteem for the football code and exemplifies sportsmanship to an outstanding degree" among northeastern colleges and universities. In 1982, the award was narrowed to the player deemed to be the "very best, and most academically talented, college football player in New England." Since 1989, the award has been given annually to two players (with the exception of a single winner in 1996 and three winners in 2007), one from a Division I football program, and one from a small college.The award is the fourth oldest collegiate football award in the United States, following the Heisman, Maxwell, and George "Bulger" Lowe trophies.The award is named for the founder of the Gridiron Club, Nils V. "Swede" Nelson, a former college player at Harvard and coach. Nelson was a member of the unbeaten Harvard football team that defeated Oregon in the 1920 Rose Bowl.

The inaugural winner of the trophy was quarterback Perry Moss of Illinois in 1946. Other notable winners of the award include Doak Walker (1949), Johnny Bright (1951), Floyd Little (1966), Dick Jauron (1971), Otis Armstrong (1972), Tom Waddle (1988), Jay Fiedler (1992), Matt Hasselbeck (1997), and Mark Herzlich (2009).

Perry Fewell

Perry Fewell (born September 7, 1962) is the Carolina Panthers American football defensive backs coach. He last served as the defensive backs coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). Before that he served as the interim head coach and defensive coordinator of the NFL's Buffalo Bills. He was named interim head coach after serving as the team's defensive coordinator from 2006 to 2009 under head coach Dick Jauron. Between his stints with the Bills and Redskins, Fewell was the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants for five seasons.

Rod Marinelli

Rodney Marinelli (born July 13, 1949) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). Marinelli has been a defensive coach for several college and professional teams, serving primarily as a defensive line coach when he has not been a coordinator. From 2006 until 2008, Marinelli was the head coach of the NFL's Detroit Lions, where he oversaw their winless 2008 season which lead to the Lions firing Marinelli.

Yale Bulldogs football

The Yale Bulldogs football program represents Yale University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). Yale's football program is one of the oldest in the world (i.e. North America), having begun competing in the sport in 1872. The Bulldogs have a legacy that includes 27 national championships, two of the first three Heisman Trophy winners (Larry Kelley in 1936 and Clint Frank in 1937), 100 consensus All-Americans, 28 College Football Hall of Fame inductees, including the "Father of American Football" Walter Camp, the first professional football player Pudge Heffelfinger, and coaching giants Amos Alonzo Stagg, Howard Jones, Tad Jones and Carmen Cozza. With 890 wins, Yale ranks second in wins in college football history, trailing only the University of Michigan.

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