|Position:||Wide receiver, kickoff returner|
May 28, 1959 |
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||182 lb (83 kg)|
|High school:||Chaminade (FL)|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||19–52 (.268)|
|Player stats at PFR|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
David Donald Shula (born May 28, 1959) is an American former professional football player and coach. The son of famed National Football League (NFL) coach Don Shula and brother of Mike Shula, he now works with his father in the family's restaurant business, Shula's Steak Houses.
The Shula family moved to Detroit in 1960 and Baltimore in 1963, following Don Shula's career in the NFL. The family settled in Miami Lakes, Florida in 1970, where Dave Shula was a high school football and baseball player at Hollywood Chaminade High School.
Shula's career as an NFL player was a brief one-season appearance as a wide receiver and kickoff returner with the Baltimore Colts in 1981. He began his coaching career with the Miami Dolphins in 1982, under his father as head coach. In 1989, Shula was hired by Jimmy Johnson to be his offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, a position he held for two seasons. Shula was demoted from that position after the 1990 season, and soon thereafter left the Cowboys to take an assistant coaching position with the Cincinnati Bengals in 1991.
In 1992, Shula was named head coach of the Bengals. At age 32, he was one of the youngest men to achieve such a position with an NFL team. The younger Shula faced off against his father twice, dubbed Shula Bowl I and Shula Bowl II by the media, the first father and son head coaches to face each other in NFL history. Don's Dolphins beat Dave's Bengals in both games, 23–7 in 1994 and 26–23 in 1995. Both games were played in Cincinnati. The younger Shula's stint with the Bengals was unsuccessful and the team was dismal during the 1990s. The team compiled a 19–52 record over Shula's four and a half years at the helm. Infamously, Shula was hired over Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bill Cowher, presumably due to Bengals owner Mike Brown seeing similarities with himself and Shula in the same manner that their respective fathers (Don Shula and Paul Brown) overshadow them in many aspects. Cowher would take the head coaching position with the rival Pittsburgh Steelers that same offseason and would go on to have a 22-9 career record against the Bengals, the most wins he would have against any team as a head coach. This included an 8-1 record against Shula.
He was fired after starting the 1996 season 1–6. Shula lost 50 games faster than any NFL coach in history (71 games).
After leaving football, Shula joined the family steakhouse business in 1997 and has helped expand the franchise internationally. He is an amateur golfer, tennis player, and marathon runner.
Head coaching record
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|CIN||1992||5||11||0||.313||4th in AFC Central||–||–||–||–|
|CIN||1993||3||13||0||.188||4th in AFC Central||–||–||–||–|
|CIN||1994||3||13||0||.188||3rd in AFC Central||–||–||–||–|
|CIN||1995||7||9||0||.438||3rd in AFC Central||–||–||–||–|
|CIN||1996||1||6||0||.143||3rd in AFC Central||–||–||–||Fired midseason|