Nov 102012

This Sunday, Denver Broncos head coach John Fox returns to Charlotte to face the team he coached for nine seasons.

From 2002-2010, Fox was the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. He led the Panthers to three post-season appearances – including a trip to the Super Bowl in 2003.

Historically these type of games haven’t been kind to the returning coaches. 

On 22 occasions, a NFL/AFL head coach has returned for the first time to a city/team he led to a championship appearance, only to come away with a win seven times.

Head Coaches Returning For the First Time to the City/Team They Led to a Championship Appearance

Head CoachSeasonWkNew Teamat Old TeamResult
Guy Chamberlin1925Wk 14Frankford Yellow JacketsCleveland Bulldogs (1924)W 13-7
Guy Chamberlin1927Wk 10Chicago CardinalsFrankford Yellow Jackets (1925-1926)L 12-8
Potsy Clark1937Wk 7Brooklyn DodgersDetroit Lions/Port. Spartans (1931-1936)L 30-0
Curly Lambeau1952Wk 2Washington RedskinsGreen Bay Packers (1919-1949)L 35-20
Joe Stydahar1954Wk 8Chicago CardinalsLos Angeles Rams (1950-1952)L 28-17
Buck Shaw1959Wk 1Philadelphia EaglesSan Francisco 49ers (1946-1954)L 24-14
Buddy Parker1962Wk 1Pittsburgh SteelersDetroit Lions (1951-1956)L 45-7
Lou Saban1967Wk 10Denver BroncosBuffalo Bills (1962-1965)W 21-20
John Rauch1969Wk 6Buffalo BillsOakland Raiders (1966-1968)L 50-21
Paul Brown1970Wk 4Cincinnati BengalsCleveland Browns (1946-1962)L 30-27
Don Shula1970Wk 7Miami DolphinsBaltimore Colts (1963-1969)L 35-0
Weeb Ewbank1970Wk 14New York JetsBaltimore Colts (1954-1962)L 35-20
Hank Stram1976Wk 3New Orleans SaintsKansas City Chiefs (1960-1974)W 27-17
Tom Flores1992Wk 11Seattle SeahawksOakland/L.A. Raiders (1979-1987)L 20-3
Bill Parcells1996Wk 17New England PatriotsNew York Giants (1983-1990)W 23-22
Bill Parcells1997Wk 3New York JetsNew England Patriots (1993-1996)L 27-24 OT
Mike Ditka1997Wk 6New Orleans SaintsChicago Bears (1982-1992)W 20-17
Dick Vermeil1998Wk 14St. Louis RamsPhiladelphia Eagles (1976-1982)L 17-14
George Seifert1999Wk 6Carolina PanthersSan Francisco 49ers (1989-1996)W 31-29
Mike Holmgren1999Wk 8Seattle SeahawksGreen Bay Packers (1992-1998)W 27-7
Jimmy Johnson1999Wk 12Miami DolphinsDallas Cowboys (1989-1993)L 20-0
Dan Reeves2000Wk 2Atlanta FalconsDenver Broncos (1981-1992)L 42-14
John Fox2012Wk 10Denver BroncosCarolina Panthers (2002-2010)?



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