NFL Head Coaching Changes For 1997

Updated August 28, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

As of March 1, 1997, eleven new head coaches were in place for the start of the '97 regular season.

AFCOld CoachWhy Left?New CoachHiredOld Job
CincinnatiDavid ShulaFired (10/21)Bruce Coslet10/21Off. Coord., NFL Bengals
NY JetsRich KotiteFired (12/20)Bill Parcells2/10Head Coach, NFL Patriots
OaklandMike WhiteFired (12/24)Joe Bugel1/30Off. Coord., NFL Raiders
San DiegoBobby RossResigned (1/3)Kevin Gilbride 1/18Off. Coord., NFL Jaguars
New EnglandBill ParcellsResigned (1/31)Pete Carroll2/3Def. Coord., NFL 49ers
NFCOld CoachWhy Left?New CoachHiredOld Job
New OrleansJim MoraResigned (10/21)Mike Ditka1/28NBC TV analyst
St. LouisRich BrooksFired (12/22)Dick Vermeil1/21ABC TV analyst
NY GiantsDan ReevesFired (12/23)Jim Fassel1/15Off. Coord., NFL Cardinals
AtlantaJune JonesFired (12/23)Dan Reeves1/20Head Coach, NFL Giants
DetroitWayne FontesFired (12/26)Bobby Ross1/13Head Coach, NFL Chargers
San FranciscoGeorge SeifertFired (1/15)Steve Mariucci1/16Head 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.

1997 College Draft1996-97 SeasonWorld League of American Football
1996-97 Football Season
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