Coaches with the most losses in NFL History
Winning and losing is just part of football, its part of sports really and most anyone who ever played or coached competitively wished they would end up on a winningest ever list, not a losingest ever list. With that in mind, lets count down the losingest coaches in National Football League history. To make it onto this list you would have to be somewhat successful because you would need to have a career with a certain amount of longevity.
10. Marty Schottenheimer (Browns, Chiefs, Redskins, Chargers) - 126 Losses
9. Weeb Ewbank (Colts, Jets) - 129 Losses
8. Bill Parcells (Giants, Patriots, Jets, Cowboys) - 130 Losses
7. Curly Lambeau (Packers, Cardinals, Redskins) - 132 Losses
6. Chuck Knox (Rams, Bills, Seahawks) - 147 Losses
4. (Tie) George Halas (Bears) - 148 Losses
4. (Tie) Chuck Noll (Steelers) - 148 Losses
3. Don Shula (Colts, Dolphins) - 156 Losses
2. Tom Landry (Cowboys) - 162 Losses
1. Dan Reeves (Broncos, Giants, Falcons) - 165 Losses
Analysts say that to accumulate great stats you have to either be a great player, play for a long time, or both. A large number of the players on this list do qualify as being great players who played for a long time, although players have squeezed their way on who were good but had long careers too. Any player that appears on this list though has statistics on their side when defending themselves regarding how good of a player they were.
- Half of the coaches in the list of losingest coaches of all time are also in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Landry, Shula, Noll, Halas, Lambeau).
- Three of the coaches in that list spent their entire careers with one team (Landry, Noll, Halas).
- One of the coaches in the top five of that list has also been in the most tie games of any NFL coach ever (Halas with 31).
- Every coach in that list has won more games than they lost during their career.
- There is a coach in that list that spent 40 years coaching in the NFL (Halas).
- In the top ten list of coaches with the most career losses is also the coach that holds the records for the most games won (Shula).
- Half of the coaches in that list have won Super Bowls (Landry, Shula, Noll, Parcells, and Ewbank).
- Only two of the coaches in the list of coaches with most losses have playoff win-loss records that are below .500 (Knox, Schottenheimer).
Being on the list of coaches who have lost the most games in National Football League should bring no embarrassment to these great coaches. The fact that they were all successful enough to coach in the league for at least 19 years is a testament to both their coaching ability as well as the results they got. It isn't the first thing they think about in terms of their coaching career but most new head coaches could do a lot worse than ending up on this list of losingest coaches in NFL history.