2015 Coaching Carousel

By Chris Malumphy

The annual NFL coaching carousel is now in full motion. Not unexpectedly, but nevertheless astoundingly, the head coach with the best career record of all those coaching in the NFL in 2014 was the first to go. Jim Harbaugh with a lifetime record of 44-19-1 (.695) moves on from the 49ers to even greater challenges at the University of Michigan. Rex Ryan, 46-50 (.479), finally wore out his welcome in New York and looks to take his coaching prowess elsewhere, with the 49ers, Falcons, Bears and Raiders as potential destinations. Former Falcons Coach Mike Smith is out of a job, but shouldn't have to look for long with his lifetime mark of 66-46 (.589). At 13-19 (.406), Marc Trestman will probably need to return to the Canadian Football League if he wants another head coaching job in the near future after being done in by the erratic play of quarterback Jay Cutler and a woeful Chicago Bears defense. Dennis Allen met his demise early in the season after going 8-28 (.222) in Oakland, and his successor, Tony Sparano is hanging by a thread hoping that the Raiders don't come up with a seemingly better alternative than his 32-41 (.438) lifetime record. The current head coach with the worst career record is the Gus Bradley at 7-25 (.219) of the Jaguars. Bradley's job remains safe for now as Jacksonville recognizes that significant rebuilding remains to be done, so his offensive coordinator got the ax instead.

Doug Marrone's decision to opt-out of his contract in Buffalo creates an interesting opening with the Bills who went 9-7 in 2014 and have an outstanding defense. It also places another good coach in play for either the pro's or the collegiate ranks. Some have speculated that Marrone may be a good fit for the Jets but the Atlanta Falcons with a solid passing game already in place may be far more attractive. Don't count the Bears out, but Chicago needs some significant retooling.

2015 Coaching Carousel
 LifetimeCurrent Team2014
Jim Harbaugh441910.695201149ers441910.6958800.500
Chuck Pagano331500.6882012Colts331500.68811500.688
Bill Belichick22311300.6642000Patriots1876900.73012400.750
Mike McCarthy944910.6562006Packers944910.65612400.750
Bruce Arians211100.6562013Cardinals211100.65611500.688
John Harbaugh724000.6432008Ravens724000.64310600.625
Mike Tomlin824600.6412007Steelers824600.64111500.688
Sean Payton804800.6252006Saints804800.6257900.438
Chip Kelly201200.6252013Eagles201200.62510600.625
Mike Smith664600.5892008Falcons664600.58961000.375
Andy Reid15010510.5882013Chiefs201200.6259700.563
Pete Carroll836000.5802010Seahawks503000.62512400.750
Jim Caldwell372700.5782014Lions11500.68811500.688
John Fox1198900.5722011Broncos461800.71912400.750
Jason Garrett413100.5692010Cowboys413100.56912400.750
Mike McCoy181400.5632013Chargers181400.5639700.563
Bill O'Brien9700.5632014Texans9700.5639700.563
Tom Coughlin16414000.5392004Giants968000.54561000.375
Marvin Lewis1009020.5262003Bengals1009020.52610510.656
Jeff Fisher16214710.5242012Rams202710.42761000.375
Lovie Smith837700.5192014Buccaneers21400.12521400.125
Ron Rivera323110.5082011Panthers323110.5087810.469
Rex Ryan465000.4792009Jets465000.47941200.250
Joe Philbin232500.4792012Dolphins232500.4798800.500
Doug Marrone151700.4692013Bills151700.4699700.563
Tony Sparano324100.4382014Raiders3900.2503900.250
Mike Zimmer7900.4382014Vikings7900.4387900.438
Mike Pettine7900.4382014Browns7900.4387900.438
Ken Whisenhunt476500.4202014Titans21400.12521400.125
Marc Trestman131900.4062013Bears131900.40651100.313
Jay Gruden41200.2502014Redskins41200.25041200.250
Dennis Allen82800.2222012Raiders82800.2220400.000
Gus Bradley72500.2192013Jaguars72500.21931300.188
Total1942151770.561  127793160.55525525520.500