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Trivia: NFL Head Coaches

In light of Shattenjager’s great post yesterday about Marion Campbell, I thought we should do some NFL head coach trivia today centered around losing.

Let’s start with a tough one. With 165 losses, which coach has lost the most games in NFL history?

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Obviously, there’s something to be said for losing a lot of games. That’s kind of like throwing the most interceptions in NFL history, a mark that Brett Favre holds. Let’s move on to a rate-based trivia question.

Which coach has the worst winning percentage in NFL history, minimum 50 games coached? It’s not Campbell or Joe Bugel, who at 30% are tied for the fourth worst record.

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What if we move to current coaches? Which of the 32 active head coaches has the most losses? No hints here:

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What about the current head coach with the worst winning percentage, regardless of minimum games coached?

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Marion Campbell doesn’t have the most losses or the worst winning percentage, but he does have one record: At 34-80-1, Campbell finished his career 46 games below .500, the lowest mark in NFL history. The runner-up spot belongs to former Tampa Bay head coach John McKay.

Let’s move on to the final trivia question of the day: Which active head coach has the worst record when it comes to games below .500?

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  • Danny Tuccitto July 7, 2013, 12:30 am

    Without giving away the answer to the last question, would just like to note that it doesn’t help the acceptance of analytics in NFL front offices that one of the guys endorsing FO on the back of our book has the worst winning percentage among current head coaches.

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    • Richie July 8, 2013, 7:15 pm

      Hey, he’s the only active coach to have to start with an 0-16 team! He seemed to have made pretty good progress his first 3 seasons.

      I didn’t follow them close enough to understand why the Lions struggled in 2012. Did that Thanksgiving fiasco create some sort of mental block for the rest of their season? Injuries?

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      • Archer February 9, 2014, 8:48 pm

        Not sure if he’ll be active anytime soon, but he’s the only coach of any kind to inherit an 0-16 team :-)
        Speaking of which, (after performing miserably in this one, getting only Reeves) I couldn’t even remember the name of the 0-16 coach, and had to check his career total.
        Well, Rod Marinelli just missed the 50 games cut, but if it was lowered to 48 (which makes sense for modern day coaches), he’d be the second worst ever at 10-38 (20.8%) and by far the worst of post-WWII. Unlikely he’ll ever get to 50…

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  • Shattenjager July 7, 2013, 1:05 am

    I didn’t get the second one, though my guess was second, but I got the others this time.

    Maybe I just know a lot about losing coaches in general . . .

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