When coaches move on, the magic stays behind

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

No coach in NFL history has won a Super Bowl with one franchise and done the same at another stop. A handful have tried, including such revered figures as Bill Parcells and Jimmy Johnson, but they have not been able to duplicate their initial success. None had even a winning record in the postseason after leaving. Mike Shanahan, who coached two seasons with the Raiders before winning two Super Bowls in 14 years with Denver, will try to buck the trend. The most revered coach in pro football history and the Super Bowl trophy's namesake, Vince Lombardi, won two Super Bowls and three NFL championships with Green Bay from 1959 to '67 (his playoff record there was 9-1). He coached one more season before his death in 1970, with the Redskins, in which he went 7-5-2 but missed the playoffs. Here's a list of Super Bowl coaches who never achieved the same level of achievement at subsequent stops. - Gene Wang

Joe Gibbs

Redskins, 1981-92

Gibbs won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks, a feat no other coach has accomplished. He was 16-5 with the Redskins during his first stint.

Rest of career: Redskins, 2004-07.

Washington was 1-2 in the postseason during Gibbs II, and while there were moments of excitement, he never was able to recapture the glory days.

Bill Parcells

NY Giants, 1983-90

Parcells won two Super Bowls with the Giants with hard-nosed defense and a strong running game. He left the Giants with an 8-3 playoff record after they beat the Bills, 20-19, in Super Bowl XXV.

Rest of career: Patriots, 1993-96; Jets, 1997-99; Cowboys; 2003-06.

Parcells's next three stops yielded one Super Bowl appearance and a 3-5 record in the postseason.

George Seifert

49ers, 1989-96

Seifert inherited a dynasty from former coach Bill Walsh and kept it going, winning two more Super Bowls. He finished 10-4 in the playoffs with San Francisco.

Rest of career: Panthers, 1999-2001.

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