Rod Rust

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Rod Rust
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1928-08-02) August 2, 1928 (age 87)
Webster City, Iowa
Playing career
1947–1948 Iowa State
Position(s) Center, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1960–1962 New Mexico (assistant)
1963–1966 Stanford (assistant)
1967–1972 North Texas State
1973–1975 Montreal Alouettes (DC)
1976–1977 Philadelphia Eagles (LB)
1978–1982 Kansas City Chiefs (DC)
1983–1987 New England Patriots (DC)
1988 Kansas City Chiefs (DC)
1989 Pittsburgh Steelers (DC)
1990 New England Patriots
1992 New York Giants (DC)
1994 Lehigh (LB)
1995 Atlanta Falcons (LB)
1996 Atlanta Falcons (DC)
1997–1998 Montreal Alouettes (DC)
1999 San Francisco 49ers (Assistant LB)
2001 Montreal Alouettes
2002–2004 New York Giants (LB)
2005 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall 29–32–1 (college)
1–15 (NFL)
9–8 (CFL)
Accomplishments and honors
1 MVC (1967)

Rodney A. Rust (born August 2, 1928) is a former American football player and coach. He is best known in the United States as the head coach of the New England Patriots of the National Football League during the 1990 season, which ended with a 1–15 record.

For most of Rust's early coaching career, he was an assistant to one of two coaches: Marv Levy or Dick Vermeil. Rust began as an assistant under Levy at the University of New Mexico between 1960 and 1962, before leaving to serve under Dick Vermeil at Stanford University. In 1967, he became the head coach at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas), a position he held until 1972. North Texas had a 29–32–1 record during Rust's tenure.

Rust returned to work for Levy in 1973 as defensive coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. In his three seasons in Montreal, the Alouettes went to two Grey Cup finals, winning in 1974.

In 1976, Rust left the Alouettes to become an assistant with Vermeil's Philadelphia Eagles. He served as Linebackers coach for two seasons before leaving to take the Defensive Coordinator position with Levy and the Kansas City Chiefs. After Levy's firing in 1982, Rust became defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots. Head coach Ron Meyer fired Rust midway through the 1984 season, but he was later reinstated (with Meyer himself fired). Rust and the Patriots went to Super Bowl XX (under head coach Raymond Berry) in 1986, but he left the team after the 1987 season. He returned to the Chiefs for the 1988 season, and moved again to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1989.

The Patriots hired Rust as head coach in 1990, but fired him after a 1–15 season, the worst showing in team history.

The New York Giants hired Rust as defensive coordinator in 1992, and he lasted one season. He spent the rest of the 1990s as a defensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons.

Rust was named the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 2000, and was fired during the 2001 season after a six-game losing streak. Rust spent 2002 as the defensive quality control coach of the New York Giants. He returned to the CFL in 2005, taking the coordinator position with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers; he left abruptly halfway through the season. He became defensive coordinator of the Ottawa Renegades in February 2006; the team suspended operations before the season began.

Head coaching record[edit]


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
NE 1990 1 15 0 .063 5th in AFC East Missed Playoffs
MTL 2001 9 8 0 .529 3rd in East Division


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Bettis
Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Bud Carson
Preceded by
Jim E. Mora
New England Patriots Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Joe Collier
Preceded by
John Paul Young
Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Bill Cowher
Preceded by
Tony Dungy
Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Dave Brazil
Preceded by
Al Groh
New York Giants Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Mike Nolan