When the Philadelphia Eagles dismissed Andy Reid earlier this month, it made the Patriots’ Bill Belichick the longest-tenured head coach in the NFL.
Between the day Belichick was hired, Jan. 27, 2000, and the end of the 2012 season, 127 different head coaches served on the other 31 teams in the NFL. Among the teams with the most instability at head coach are the Raiders (eight) and the Dolphins, Redskins, and Lions (seven each). The 127 coaches represents an average of just more than four per team.
That total number of Belichick’s peers is certain to rise after seven teams dismissed head coaches following the 2012 season.
After Belichick, the Cincinnati Bengals’ Marvin Lewis (2003) and the New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin (2004) are the next longest-tenured head coaches.
Below are the 127 men who served in the NFL as a head coach between when Belichick was hired and the close of the 2012 regular season:
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