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When coaches leave, the magic stays behind

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

The glory years

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

The glory years

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

The glory years

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: Seifert did not have a winning season in Carolina. He went 1-15 during his final season there.

Jimmy Johnson

The glory years

Cowboys, 1989-93: Johnson resurrected Dallas, turning a 1-15 team into a three-time champion, twice with him as coach. His playoff record with the Cowboys was 7-1.

Rest of career

Dolphins, 1996-99: Johnson could not get Dan Marino to another Super Bowl, and Miami went 2-3 in the playoffs during his tenure.

Mike Holmgren

The glory years

Packers, 1992-98: With the help of Brett Favre, Holmgren made Green Bay relevant again after winning one Super Bowl and getting the Packers to another. He went 9-6 in the playoffs with Green Bay.

Rest of career

Seahawks 1999-2008: Despite more seasons with Seattle than Green Bay, Holmgren lost in his only Super Bowl appearance with the Seahawks. His playoff record there was 4-6.

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