From Jaguars’ Urban Meyer to Falcons’ Bobby Petrino, ranking the shortest head coaching stints in NFL history

The era of Urban Meyer ended in Jacksonville.

With just 13 games in a five-year contract signed less than a calendar year ago, Meyer’s career as Jacksonville’s head coach has come to an end after a series of missteps since taking office.

Shortly after reports came out of kicker Josh Lambo accusing Meyer of kicking him in practice in August, Jaguars owner Shad Khan chose to fire the new head coach. stating“After many weeks of deliberation and a thorough analysis of Urban’s entire tenure with our team, I am bitterly disappointed to conclude that immediate change is imperative for everyone.”

The Jaguars were 2-11 under Meyer, following a nasty 20-0 loss to division rivals the Titans last Sunday. Khan announced that the team’s offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

With Meyer’s tenure lasting just 13 games, you might be wondering …

What are the shortest head coaching stints in NFL history?

Meyer signed a five-year deal estimated at $ 10 to $ 12 million annually with the Jaguars in January 2021. Just 13 games, and less than a calendar year later, Meyer was fired after a woeful timeline of mistakes. off the field. and very little success in the field.

Holtz, a college football legend, tried to coach in the NFL, but it didn’t last long. He took over as the Jets’ head coach last season from the Hall of Fame quarterback in New York, but after going 3-10 in 13 games, he decided to resign. Holtz then returned to the college ranks, enjoying a coaching career in the Hall of Fame.

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In 2007, Petrino, a renowned college football coach, left Louisville to take over as head coach of the Falcons, signing a five-year, $ 24 million contract.

He was expected to maximize the talents of quarterback Michael Vick, but the superstar never played a snap under his new head coach after being sentenced to prison due to the infamous dogfighting operation. Petrino’s Falcons went 3-10 in their first 13 games of the season, and the new head coach resigned before the end of the year to return to college ranks.

In 1978, longtime assistant coach McCulley took his first head coaching job at any level when he signed with the 49ers. At the time, San Francisco had just traded five draft picks, including a first-round pick, for Hall of Fame running back OJ Simpson.

After a disappointing 1-8 start in the first nine games, McCulley was fired. The 49ers committed 63 turnovers on the season, which to this day is the most in a single season of any team in NFL history.

Allen never had a losing season in his 12 years as the Hall of Fame head coach. He coached the Rams for five years from 1966 to 1970, leading his team to two conference championships. He then left to take over as head coach of the Washington Redskins, reaching the playoffs five times in seven years, including a Super Bowl appearance.

However, when Allen returned as the Rams’ head coach in 1978, he did not make it out of preseason. The team suffered two bad losses in the preseason and then-owner Carroll Rosenbloom fired Allen. It was the last time he would be the NFL’s head coach.

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Because of how things turned out, you probably already know the story behind Belichick and the Jets.

Hall of Famer Bill Parcells resigned as New York’s head coach in 1999 and the team’s highly touted defensive coordinator, Belichick, was seen as his successor. During Belichick’s introductory press conference, the new head coach surprisingly announced his resignation.

The Jets and NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue agreed that Belichick was still under contract, so the New England Patriots had to trade a 2000 first-round pick in order to get out of New York.

In hindsight, it’s safe to say the first-round pick was worth it.