Vince Tobin

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Vince Tobin
Personal information
Date of birth: (1943-09-29) September 29, 1943 (age 72)
Place of birth: Burlington Junction, Missouri
Career information
College: Missouri
Career history
As coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season: 28–43 (.394)
Postseason: 1–1 (.500)
Career: 29–44 (.397)
Coaching stats at PFR

Vincent Michael Tobin (born September 29, 1943) is an American football coach and former college player who was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). During his four decades of coaching, he served as defensive coordinator for college, NFL and Canadian Football League (CFL) teams.

College coaching career[edit]

Tobin was a defensive back at the University of Missouri, and entered the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant with the team in 1965. He was Missouri's defensive coordinator from 1971 to 1976.

Pre-NFL coaching[edit]

He was the defensive coordinator for the BC Lions of the CFL and for the Philadelphia / Baltimore Stars of the USFL.

NFL coaching[edit]

Chicago Bears[edit]

His first coaching job in National Football League was as the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears in 1986, one year following their legendary 1985 Super Bowl winning season. Tobin filled the role left by legendary defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, who had left the team to become the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. While the Bears' defensive unit ranked among the league's highest during his tenure, they never achieved the same dominance as they did in 1985, the teams only playoff wins coming over Ryan's Eagles in 1988's Fog Bowl and in 1991 against New Orleans. Following the 1992 firing of head coach Mike Ditka, Tobin was released with the rest of the Bears coaching staff.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Tobin was hired in 1994 to be the defensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts by his brother Bill Tobin, the teams acting general manager. He left the team following the 1995 season.

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

He was the head coach of the Cardinals in 1996 and succeeded Buddy Ryan again. His one winning season and playoff berth as a head coach came in 1998 where the club posted a 9-7 record. He then coached the Cardinals to their first playoff win in 50 years during the 1998 season by defeating the 3rd-seeded Dallas Cowboys. The team lost the next week to the 1st-seeded Minnesota Vikings. After 7 games into the 2000 season, Tobin was fired after posting a 2-5 record. His record in Arizona was 28-43, with a 1-1 post season record.

Detroit Lions[edit]

In 2001 Tobin was hired as the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions, where the club posted a 2-14 record. He was fired after 1 season.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

He was hired by head coach Mike Sherman in 2004 as a special assistant to the Green Bay Packers.

Head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
ARZ 1996 7 9 0 .438 4th in NFC East - - -
ARZ 1997 4 12 0 .250 5th in NFC East - - -
ARZ 1998 9 7 0 .563 2nd in NFC East 1 1 .500 Won Wild Card Round vs. DAL, Lost Divisional Round vs. MIN
ARZ 1999 6 10 0 .375 4th in NFC East - - - -
ARZ 2000 2 5 0 .286 5th in NFC East - - - (fired)
Total 28 43 0 .394 1 1


Vince Tobin's brother is Bill Tobin. Bill was the general manager of the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts. Vince served as the Colts defensive coordinator while Bill was general manager.

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