Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year Award

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AP NFL Coach of the Year Award
Given forCoach of the year in the National Football League
Presented byAssociated Press
History
First award1957
Most winsDon Shula (4)
Most recentMatt Nagy

The Associated Press National Football League Coach of the Year Award is presented annually by the Associated Press (AP) to the National Football League (NFL) coach adjudged to have had the most outstanding season. It has been awarded since the 1957 season. Since 2011, the winner has been announced at the annual NFL Honors ceremony held the day before the Super Bowl.

Don Shula has won the most AP NFL Coach of the Year awards, receiving four during his 33-year head coaching career: three with the Baltimore Colts and one with the Miami Dolphins. Chuck Knox and Bill Belichick have each been awarded three times. The incumbent AP NFL Coach of the Year is Matt Nagy, who led the Chicago Bears to the playoffs after a surprising turnaround, inheriting a team that went 5–11 the previous year and leading them to an 12–4 record and division title.

Winners[edit]

Don Shula was named AP NFL Coach of the Year four times, the most of any coach.
Bold Team won NFL championship (1957–1965) or Super Bowl (1966–present)
Italics First-year head coach of that team
^ Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
* Currently active NFL head coach
Name (X) Denotes number of times received the award
Season Coach Team Record Ref
1957 George Wilson Detroit Lions 8–4 [1]
1958 Weeb Ewbank^ Baltimore Colts 9–3 [2]
1959 Vince Lombardi^ Green Bay Packers 7–5 [3]
1960 Buck Shaw Philadelphia Eagles 10–2 [4]
1961 Allie Sherman New York Giants 10–3–1 [5]
1962 Allie Sherman (2) New York Giants 12–2 [6]
1963 George Halas^ Chicago Bears 11–1–2 [7]
1964 Don Shula^ Baltimore Colts 12–2 [8]
1965 George Halas^ Chicago Bears 9–5 [9]
1966 Tom Landry^ Dallas Cowboys 10–3–1 [10]
1967 George Allen^
Don Shula^ (2)
Los Angeles Rams
Baltimore Colts
11–1–2
11–1–2
[11]
1968 Don Shula^ (3) Baltimore Colts 13–1 [12]
1969 Bud Grant^ Minnesota Vikings 12–2 [13]
1970 Paul Brown Cincinnati Bengals 8–6 [14]
1971 George Allen^ (2) Washington Redskins 9–4–1 [15]
1972 Don Shula^ (4) Miami Dolphins 14–0 [16]
1973 Chuck Knox Los Angeles Rams 12–2 [17]
1974 Don Coryell St. Louis Cardinals 10–4 [18]
1975 Ted Marchibroda Baltimore Colts 10–4 [19]
1976 Forrest Gregg^[a] Cleveland Browns 9–5 [20]
1977 Red Miller Denver Broncos 12–2 [21]
1978 Jack Patera Seattle Seahawks 9–7 [22]
1979 Jack Pardee Washington Redskins 10–6 [23]
1980 Chuck Knox (2) Buffalo Bills 11–5 [24]
1981 Bill Walsh^ San Francisco 49ers 13–3 [25]
1982 Joe Gibbs^ Washington Redskins 8–1 [26]
1983 Joe Gibbs^ (2) Washington Redskins 14–2 [27]
1984 Chuck Knox (3) Seattle Seahawks 12–4 [28]
1985 Mike Ditka^[a] Chicago Bears 15–1 [29]
1986 Bill Parcells New York Giants 14–2 [30]
1987 Jim Mora New Orleans Saints 12–3 [31]
1988 Mike Ditka^* (2) Chicago Bears 12–4 [32]
1989 Lindy Infante Green Bay Packers 10–6 [33]
1990 Jimmy Johnson Dallas Cowboys 7–9 [34]
1991 Wayne Fontes Detroit Lions 12–4 [35]
1992 Bill Cowher Pittsburgh Steelers 11–5 [36]
1993 Dan Reeves New York Giants 11–5 [37]
1994 Bill Parcells (2) New England Patriots 10–6 [38]
1995 Ray Rhodes Philadelphia Eagles 10–6 [39]
1996 Dom Capers Carolina Panthers 12–4 [40]
1997 Jim Fassel New York Giants 10–5–1 [41]
1998 Dan Reeves (2) Atlanta Falcons 14–2 [42]
1999 Dick Vermeil St. Louis Rams 13–3 [43]
2000 Jim Haslett New Orleans Saints 10–6 [44]
2001 Dick Jauron Chicago Bears 13–3 [45]
2002 Andy Reid* Philadelphia Eagles 12–4 [46]
2003 Bill Belichick* New England Patriots 14–2 [47]
2004 Marty Schottenheimer San Diego Chargers 12–4 [48]
2005 Lovie Smith Chicago Bears 11–5 [49]
2006 Sean Payton* New Orleans Saints 10–6 [50]
2007 Bill Belichick* (2) New England Patriots 16–0 [51]
2008 Mike Smith Atlanta Falcons 11–5 [52]
2009 Marvin Lewis* Cincinnati Bengals 10–6 [53]
2010 Bill Belichick* (3) New England Patriots 14–2 [54]
2011 Jim Harbaugh San Francisco 49ers 13–3 [55]
2012 Bruce Arians Indianapolis Colts 9–3[b] [56]
2013 Ron Rivera* Carolina Panthers 12–4 [57]
2014 Bruce Arians Arizona Cardinals 11–5 [58]
2015 Ron Rivera* (2) Carolina Panthers 15–1 [59]
2016 Jason Garrett* Dallas Cowboys 13–3 [60]
2017 Sean McVay* Los Angeles Rams 11–5 [61]
2018 Matt Nagy* Chicago Bears 12–4 [62]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ditka and Gregg were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame primarily in recognition of their playing careers.
  2. ^ Arians served as interim head coach for team's final 12 games in place of Chuck Pagano.

References[edit]

General
  • Gellerman, Jacob; Drexler, Sam; Marini, Matt; Cocchiaro, Nicolas; Zerkel, Alex, eds. (2016). 2018 Official NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 525. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  • "AP NFL Coach of the Year". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. February 6, 2016. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
Footnotes
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  2. ^ "Associated Press Votes Ewbank Coach of Year". The Pantagraph. Associated Press. January 12, 1959. p. 9. Retrieved March 9, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Lombardi Named Coach Of Year". The Odessa American. Associated Press. December 22, 1959. p. 23. Retrieved March 10, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "AP NFL Coach of the Year". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. February 6, 2016. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  5. ^ "Allie Sherman Coach of Year". The Portsmouth Herald. Associated Press. December 19, 1961. p. 10. Retrieved March 21, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Jim Taylor Player of Year and Allie Sherman Coach of Year in NFL Voting". The Evening Times. Associated Press. December 13, 1962. p. 14. Retrieved March 20, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Liska, Jerry (December 12, 1963). "George Halas Coach Of Year". The Advocate-Messenger. Associated Press. p. 12. Retrieved March 21, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Hand, Jack (December 10, 1964). "Don Shula Coach Of Year In NFL". The Daily Mail. Hagerstown, Maryland. Associated Press. p. 39. Retrieved March 21, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Liska, Jerry (December 23, 1965). "George Halas Coach Of Year". The Indiana Gazette. Associated Press. p. 10. Retrieved March 21, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Cowboys' Tom Landry NFL's Coach Of Year". The Lincoln Star. Associated Press. December 16, 1966. p. 26. Retrieved March 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "George Allen, Don Shula NFL Coaches of the Year". Nashua Telegraph. Associated Press. December 19, 1967. p. 14. Retrieved March 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "Colts' Don Shula Is Coach of Year". Brownwood Bulletin. Associated Press. December 19, 1968. p. 14. Retrieved March 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ Hallman, Charley (December 18, 1969). "Vikings Bud Grant Selected Coach Of The Year". The La Crosse Tribune. Associated Press. p. 22. Retrieved March 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ "Bengals' Brown Coach Of Year". The Bee. Associated Press. January 8, 1971. p. 7. Retrieved March 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
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  17. ^ "Chuck Knox NFL Coach Of Year". The Danville Register. Associated Press. January 6, 1974. p. 35. Retrieved March 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  18. ^ "Don Coryell Receives Coach of Year Honors". Ironwood Daily Globe. Associated Press. January 6, 1975. p. 12. Retrieved March 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  19. ^ "Ted Marchibroda NFL Coach of Year". The Daily Times-News. Associated Press. January 11, 1976. p. 45. Retrieved March 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  20. ^ "Forrest Gregg NFL Coach of the Year". The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune. Associated Press. December 31, 1976. p. 8. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  21. ^ "Broncos' Red Miller NFL Coach of Year". Daily Sitka Sentinel. Associated Press. January 6, 1978. p. 5. Retrieved March 22, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  22. ^ Baker, Tony (January 10, 1979). "Patera Coach Of Year". The Gettysburg Times. Associated Press. p. 17. Retrieved April 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  23. ^ "Jack Pardee: Coach of the Year". Daily Sitka Sentinel. Associated Press. December 19, 1979. p. 7. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  24. ^ "Bills' Knox honored". The Index-Journal. Associated Press. January 6, 1981. p. 7. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  25. ^ "Bill Walsh Overwhelming Coach of Year Choice". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Associated Press. January 5, 1982. p. 8. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  26. ^ Rosenfeld, Ira (January 5, 1983). "Gibbs named Coach of the Year". The Gettysburg Times. Associated Press. p. 9. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  27. ^ "Redskins' Joe Gibbs coach of year". The Index-Journal. Associated Press. December 20, 1983. p. 10. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  28. ^ "Seattle's Knox Coach of Year". The Index-Journal. Associated Press. December 21, 1984. p. 10. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  29. ^ "Ditka named Coach of Year". The Salina Journal. Associated Press. December 28, 1985. p. 15. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  30. ^ "Giants' Bill Parcells Named Coach of Year". Daily Sitka Sentinel. Associated Press. December 31, 1986. p. 7. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  31. ^ "Saints' Mora voted Coach of the Year". The Galveston Daily News. Associated Press. January 1, 1988. p. 17. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  32. ^ Goldberg, Dave (December 29, 1988). "Mike Ditka Named NFL Coach of Year". Daily Sitka Sentinel. Associated Press. p. 6. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
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  36. ^ Starr, Rick (December 30, 1992). "Coach of the Year: Cowher tops talented field with 23 votes". News Record. p. 19. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
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  39. ^ Wilner, Barry (December 27, 1995). "Eagles' Rhodes Coach of the Year". Standard-Speaker. Associated Press. p. 18. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  40. ^ "Dom Capers Easily Voted AP's NFL Coach of the Year". Deseret News. Associated Press. December 25, 1996. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  41. ^ Canavan, Tom (December 26, 1997). "Jim Fassel is AP Coach of the Year". Ukiah Daily Journal. Associated Press. p. 10. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
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  44. ^ "Haslett named coach of the year". Amarillo Globe-News. Associated Press. January 7, 2001. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  45. ^ Wilner, Barry (January 20, 2002). "Bears' Jauron named Coach of the Year". Athens Banner-Herald. Associated Press. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  46. ^ "Philadelphia's Reid chosen coach of year". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Associated Press. January 12, 2003. p. 31. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  47. ^ "Belichick is top coach". The Hays Daily News. Associated Press. January 4, 2004. p. 9. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  48. ^ Wilner, Barry (January 9, 2005). "Coach recognized for Chargers' 180". The Salina Journal. Associated Press. p. 19. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  49. ^ U.S. Congress, ed. (2010). Congressional Record, V. 153, PT. 2, January 18, 2007 to February 1, 2007. Government Printing Office. p. 2,647. ISBN 0160868254. Retrieved May 24, 2017. Whereas Lovie Smith was named the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year for 2005.
  50. ^ "Sean Payton: AP NFL Coach of the Year". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 8, 2007. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  51. ^ "Belichick tabbed top coach". The Index-Journal. Associated Press. January 4, 2008. p. 13. Retrieved May 24, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
  52. ^ "Falcons' Smith voted as coach of year". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 4, 2009. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  53. ^ "Bengals' Marvin Lewis named AP's NFL coach of the year". USA Today. Associated Press. January 16, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  54. ^ "Bill Belichick wins AP Coach of the Year". ESPN.com. February 3, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  55. ^ Wilner, Barry (February 4, 2012). "49ers' Jim Harbaugh wins Coach of Year". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  56. ^ Brinson, Will (February 3, 2013). "Bruce Arians wins 2012 Coach of the Year Award". CBS Sports. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  57. ^ Wesseling, Chris (February 1, 2014). "Carolina Panthers' Ron Rivera wins Coach of the Year". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved May 24, 2017.
  58. ^ Brinson, Will (January 31, 2015). "2014 NFL Coach of the Year: Cardinals' Bruce Arians wins easily". CBS Sports. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  59. ^ Ducey, Kenny (February 7, 2016). "Panthers' Ron Rivera named 2015 Coach of the Year". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  60. ^ Reyes, Lorenzo (February 4, 2017). "Cowboys' Jason Garrett named NFL coach of the year". USA Today. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  61. ^ "Rams' Sean McVay named NFL Coach of the Year". NFL.com. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
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