As of March 1, 1997, eleven new head coaches were in place for the start of the '97 regular season.
|AFC||Old Coach||Why Left?||New Coach||Hired||Old Job|
|Cincinnati||David Shula||Fired (10/21)||Bruce Coslet||10/21||Off. Coord., NFL Bengals|
|NY Jets||Rich Kotite||Fired (12/20)||Bill Parcells||2/10||Head Coach, NFL Patriots|
|Oakland||Mike White||Fired (12/24)||Joe Bugel||1/30||Off. Coord., NFL Raiders|
|San Diego||Bobby Ross||Resigned (1/3)||Kevin Gilbride ||1/18||Off. Coord., NFL Jaguars|
|New England||Bill Parcells||Resigned (1/31)||Pete Carroll||2/3||Def. Coord., NFL 49ers|
|NFC||Old Coach||Why Left?||New Coach||Hired||Old Job|
|New Orleans||Jim Mora||Resigned (10/21)||Mike Ditka||1/28||NBC TV analyst|
|St. Louis||Rich Brooks||Fired (12/22)||Dick Vermeil||1/21||ABC TV analyst|
|NY Giants||Dan Reeves||Fired (12/23)||Jim Fassel||1/15||Off. Coord., NFL Cardinals|
|Atlanta||June Jones||Fired (12/23)||Dan Reeves||1/20||Head Coach, NFL Giants|
|Detroit||Wayne Fontes||Fired (12/26)||Bobby Ross||1/13||Head Coach, NFL Chargers|
|San Francisco||George Seifert||Fired (1/15)||Steve Mariucci||1/16||Head Coach, Univ. of Calif.|
Note: Jim Mora was replaced by assistant Rick Venturi on an interim basis for the remainder of the 1996 season. Also, Bill Belichick was initially named interim head coach of the NY Jets (Feb. 4) until one week later when Bill Parcells took over the job.