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Full Coaching Histories Since 1990 Added to Pro-Football-Reference

Posted by Alex Bonilla on July 16, 2018

On Pro-Football-Reference, while the majority of our statistics are for players, we also have a good amount of coaching data, including team ranks during a coach's tenure as well as coaching history. One of our offseason projects at PFR was to fill out the coaching history of every head coach and coordinator since 1990, and we have pushed that data out for the public eye today.

Some examples:

Tom Cable is currently an assistant head coach and offensive line coach for the Seattle Seahawks, and he's been on the West Coast for the grand majority of his career, ever since he started off as a graduate assistant for Idaho and San Diego State in the late 1980s.

David Shula had an ignominious head coaching tenure for the Bengals of the 1990s, but now we've added in his 1991 year as a WR coach that got him promoted to head coach the ensuing season.

Lane Kiffin has been out of the NFL for a while, but we've added in his latter-day college experience as an offensive coordinator for Alabama and a head coach for Florida Atlantic. Never forget he got his head coaching gig with the Raiders from a college offensive coordinator position, so anything is possible.

To get at least one actually successful coach in here, Dick Vermeil now has his 1970s stints with UCLA as well as his 1969 season as the Los Angeles Rams' special teams coordinator included in his history.

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2 Responses to “Full Coaching Histories Since 1990 Added to Pro-Football-Reference”

  1. Mark Growcott Says:

    Excellent work as always. I have suggested that Coaches' transactions be added at some stage (i.e the date each NFL Head Coach was hired, fired or resigned) which could then lead to an addition to the Play Index "A Coach Finder". :-)

  2. Alex Bonilla Says:

    That is another project we could undertake in the future, thanks for the suggestion!