New NFL head coaches making debuts historically bad in Week 1
It was an awful start for NFL coaches making their debuts in Week 1, as not one of the seven notched a victory.
In fact, the 0-7 record posted by Mike Vrabel (Tennessee Titans), Steven Wilks (Arizona Cardinals), Matt Nagy (Chicago Bears), Frank Reich (Indianapolis Colts), Pat Shurmur (New York Giants), Matt Patricia (Detroit Lions), and Jon Gruden (Oakland Raiders) was historically inept.
Teams with new head coaches went 0-7 in Week 1, the worst record by a group of new head coaches in NFL history. The previous worst was 0-6 in 2001.
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) September 11, 2018
Five of the coaches mentioned above made their debuts at home, which should have steered their teams to a more favorable outcome. But that was not the case.
The average margin of defeat by the seven coaches was 13.3 points, although that was tipped significantly by the Lions’ demoralizing 48-17 loss to the New York Jets at Ford Field. Although the 20-point loss suffered by the Raiders to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night in Gruden’s return to the sideline skewed the average as well.
It goes without saying, obviously, that all seven of the coaches who made their debuts in Week 1 wished things had played out differently. There’s always next week, though.