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Longest-tenured Head Coaches
Ken Whisenhunt, hired by the Arizona Cardinals in 2007, had outlasted all but eight NFL head coaches when the team fired him Monday.
Bill Belichick, Marvin Lewis, Tom Coughlin, Mike McCarthy, Gary Kubiak and Sean Payton were hired by their current teams no later than 2006. Lovie Smith and Andy Reid were also in place before 2007. Both were fired Monday.
Whisenhunt, Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin and San Diego's Norv Turner remained from the 2007 hiring class until Monday, when Turner joined Whisenhunt among the ranks of former coaches.
As Jerry Glanville put it years ago, NFL means, "Not For Long."
Longest-tenured Head Coaches Coach Team Hired Bill Belichick Patriots 2000 Marvin Lewis Bengals 2003 Tom Coughlin Giants 2004 Mike McCarthy Packers 2006 Sean Payton Saints 2006 Gary Kubiak Texans 2006 Mike Tomlin Steelers 2007 Ken Whisenhunt, hired by the Arizona Cardinals in 2007, had outlasted all but eight NFL head coaches when the team fired him Monday.