Kiffin’s firing tops crazy week for the NFL

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)

Noteable:
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

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