One and Done: Rob Chudzinski and the NFL’s One-Season Head Coaches
Wow. After just one season, the Cleveland Browns have canned their head coach, Rob Chudzinski. That is, in fact, the first time in Browns history (and it’s a long one – since 1946), the Browns fired their head coach after a single season.
The one-year coach all around the NFL is a relatively rare breed, indeed. Throughout the entire history of the league, there have only been 61, all listed below by franchise. It appears HC’s more often than not get at least one more chance to prove their mettle.
What’s even rarer is the coach who helms for less than a year – noted with asterisks below. Whether they were fired or stepped down for illness, only six (just six!) coaches in all of NFL history couldn’t manage to see a single season through. Pretty remarkable.
Seven franchises have never fired a coach after just one season or less, including the faithful Dallas Cowboys, and believe it or not, the Chicago Bears, who have been around since 1920 – one of the two oldest franchises in football (the Cardinals being the other).
So, safe to say, if you’re good enough to become an NFL head coach, you’ll most likely get a couple years to show what you can do.
Some caveats on the list: Interim coaches – those who take over when a head coach is fired – are not included unless they make it to the next season (and then are fired after that). Some coaches, like Sid Gillman of the San Diego Chargers and Bud Grant of the Minnesota Vikings, had more than one stretch with their teams, one of which was only for a season. The early days of the game – especially during the first few seasons of a franchise’s existence, as with the New York Giants and Washington Redskins – saw more frequent changes at the top than today.Follow @VinGetz
|Arizona Cardinals||Guy Chamberlain||1927||3||7||1||Chicago|
|Buddy Parker / Phil Handler||1949||6||5||1||Chicago||co-coaches|
|Atlanta Falcons||Bobby Petrino*||2007||3||10||0|
|Buffalo Bills||Harvey Johnson||1971||1||13||0|
|Cleveland Browns||Rob Chudzinski||2013||4||12||0|
|Detroit Lions||Hal Griffen||1930||5||6||3||Portsmouth Spartans|
|Green Bay Packers||Ray McLean||1958||1||10||0|
|Indianapolis Colts||Keith Molesworth||1953||3||9||0||Baltimore|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Mike Mularkey||2012||2||14||0|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Romeo Crennel||2012||2||14||0|
|Miami Dolphins||Cam Cameron||2007||1||15||0|
|Minnesota Vikings||Les Steckel||1984||3||13||0|
|New England Patriots||Rod Rust||1990||1||15||0|
|New Orleans Saints||Aaron Kromer / Joe Vitt||2012||7||9||0||co-coaches|
|New York Giants||Bob Folwell||1925||8||4||0|
|New York Jets||Bulldog Turner||1962||5||9||0||New York Titans||AFL|
|Oakland Raiders||Marty Feldman*||1962||0||5||0||AFL|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Bo McMillin||1951||2||0||0|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Jap Douds||1933||3||6||2|
|San Diego Chargers||Sid Gillman*||1971||4||6||0|
|San Francisco 49ers||Red Strader||1955||4||8||0|
|Seattle Seahawks||Jim Mora||2009||5||11||0|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Richard Williamson||1991||3||13||0|
|Tennessee Titans||Wally Lemm||1961||9||0||0||Houston Oilers||AFL Champions|
|Sammy Baugh||1964||4||10||0||Houston Oilers||AFL|
|Hugh Taylor||1965||4||10||0||Houston Oilers||AFL|
|Ed Hughes||1971||4||9||1||Houston Oilers|
|Washington Redskins||Lud Wray||1932||4||4||2||Boston Braves||1st Season|
|Eddie Casey||1935||2||8||1||Boston Redskins|
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