The NFL never has experienced a week like this one before. This marks the first time since at least 1970 — and quite possibly a whole lot longer — that two head coaches have been fired before the fifth game of the season.
It is so rare that the last time a head coach was fired before the fifth game was back in 1989, when Al Davis got rid of Mike Shanahn.
But now we’ve had two coaches fired 24 hours apart — first Scott Linehan in St. Louis, then Lane Kiffin in Oakland.
This is a list that we trotted out last weekend that is worth revisiting again:
Coaches Released Before 5th Game since 1970:
|Year and coach||Team||Games and record|
|2008 Lane Kiffin||Raiders||Four games (1-3)|
|2008 Scott Linehan||Rams||Four games (0-4)|
|1989 Mike Shanahan||Raiders||Four games (1-3)|
|1985 Kay Stephenson||Bills||Four games (0-4)|
|1982 Jack Petera||Seahawks||Two games (0-2_|
|1974 Howard Schnellenberger||Colts||Three games (0-3)|
|1971 Jerry Williams||Eagles||Three games (0-3)|
In 2000, Bruce Coslet resigned as Bengals coach after 3 games — was not fired/released
In 1978, George Allen was fired by the Redskins two weeks into preseason