List of Tennessee Titans head coaches

The Tennessee Titans, previously known as the Houston Oilers, are a professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee. They are a member of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Tennessee Titans have had 16 head coaches in its franchise history. As the Houston Oilers based in Houston, Texas, the team began playing in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). The Oilers won one AFL championship before joining the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger. The team relocated to Tennessee in 1997 and played in Memphis for one season before moving to Nashville. For two seasons, the team was known as the Tennessee Oilers before changing its name to the Titans in 1999.[1]

The current head coach is Mike Munchak, who was promoted from offensive line coach on February 7, 2011[2] following the departure of Jeff Fisher on January 27.[3] Munchak has been almost continuously employed by the Oilers/Titans franchise since being drafted by the Oilers in 1982. He spent 13 seasons with the Oilers as an offensive guard, retiring in 1994, and eventually became the franchise's fifth player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the first to have played only with that franchise.[2] After a season out of football, he was hired by the Oilers as a quality control assistant in 1996 and promoted to offensive line coach in 1997, serving in that position until his 2011 promotion.[2] Munchak's predecessor, Fisher, had been the longest-serving head coach in franchise history, coaching over twice as many games and nearly three times as many seasons as Bum Phillips. Fisher joined the Titans in 1994, when the team was called the Houston Oilers.[4] At the time of his departure, Fisher had the longest tenure as head coach with one team among active head coaches in the NFL.[3] Sid Gillman, who coached the Oilers from 1973 to 1974, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983, becoming the franchise's only coach to be enshrined in that role.[5] Lou Rymkus has the highest winning percentage (.611) of any coach in franchise history (in Wally Lemm's first term as coach, he had 1.000 winning percentage, while his final record was .493). Rymkus was also the team's first coach, and held the position from 1960 to 1961. At .053, Bill Peterson has the lowest winning percentage. In 1961, after Rymkus left the Oilers, Wally Lemm coached the team and led it to nine straight victories and the 1961 AFL championship.[6] Rymkus, Lemm, and Gillman have won the UPI AFL/NFL Coach of the Year award.[1][5]

Key

# Number of coaches[a]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
T Ties
Win% Winning percentage
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player
00* Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Oilers/Titans

Coaches

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2012 NFL season.

# Name Term [b] Regular Season Playoffs Achievements Reference
GC W L T Win% GC W L
Houston Oilers
1 Lou Rymkus* 19601961* 19 11 7 1 .611 1 1 0 UPI AFL Coach of the Year (1960)
AFL Championship (1960)
[1][7]
2 Wally Lemm [c] 1961 9 9 0 0 1.00 1 1 0 UPI AFL Coach of the Year (1961)
AFL Championship (1961)
[1][8]
3 Pop Ivy 19621963 28 17 11 0 .607 1 0 1 [9]
4 Sammy Baugh 1964 14 4 10 0 .286 [10]
5 Hugh Taylor* 1965* 14 4 9 1 .308 [11]
Wally Lemm [c] 19661970 70 28 38 4 .428 2 0 2 [1][8]
6 Ed Hughes* 1971* 14 4 9 1 .308 [12]
7 Bill Peterson* 19721973* 19 1 18 0 .053 [13]
8 Sid Gillman 19731974 23 8 15 0 .348 UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1974) [5][14]
9 Bum Phillips 19751980 90 55 35 0 .611 7 4 3 [15]
10 Ed Biles* 19811983* 31 8 23 0 .258 [16]
11 Chuck Studley* 1983* 10 2 8 0 .200 [17]
12 Hugh Campbell* 19841985* 30 8 22 0 .267 [18]
13 Jerry Glanville 19851989 65 33 32 0 .508 5 2 3 [19]
14 Jack Pardee 19901994 74 43 31 0 .581 5 1 4 [20]
Coached Houston Oilers, Tennessee Oilers and Tennessee Titans [d]
15 Jeff Fisher[d] 19942010 262 142 120 0 .542 11 5 6 [21]
Tennessee Titans
16 Mike Munchak ‡* 2011–* 32 15 17 0 .469 [2]

Notes

  • a A running total of the number of Oilers/Titans head coaches. Thus, any head coach who has two or more separate terms is only counted once.
  • b Each year is linked to an article about that particular Oilers/Titans season.
  • c Wally Lemm's full coaching record with the Oilers is 79 regular season games coached with a record of 37–38–4 and a W–L percentage of .493
  • d Houston Oilers 1994–1996, Tennessee Oilers 1997–1998, Tennessee Titans 1999–2010.

References

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