There have been 22 head coaches in the history of the New York Jets football franchise. The team began as the New York Titans in the American Football League in 1960, but was renamed the New York Jets three years later.[1] The Jets remained in the American Football League until the merger with the National Football League prior to the 1970 season. The current head coach of the Jets is Robert Saleh since January 14, 2021.

Sammy Baugh became the first head coach of the New York Titans in 1960, serving for two seasons before team owner Harry Wismer replaced him with Clyde "Bulldog" Turner.[2] In terms of tenure, Weeb Ewbank has coached more games (158) and more complete seasons (11) than any other head coach in franchise history. He led the Jets to the AFL championship in 1968 and the AFL-NFL championship in Super Bowl III. Walt Michaels led the team to the AFC championship game in 1982; he was also honored as the Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year and UPI AFC Coach of the Year in 1978. Coaches Baugh, Turner and Ewbank are all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame; Baugh and Turner were inducted as players, while Ewbank was inducted as a coach/administrator.

Twice in Jets history has there been an "interim" head coach. In 1975, Charley Winner was fired as head coach after leading the Jets to a 2–7 record.[3] The team offensive coordinator Ken Shipp was named the interim coach for the remainder of the season, during which he won only one of five games. Shipp was succeeded by Lou Holtz for the 1976 season.[4] Holtz resigned as Jets head coach with one game left in the 1976 season; Mike Holovak was named interim coach for the season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.[4]

Bill Belichick was twice named head coach of the Jets but never coached a single game or practice in that capacity. In 1997, he was named head coach for six days before the deal to allow Bill Parcells to leave the New England Patriots for the Jets was brokered, and Belichick became defensive coordinator;[5] then, when Parcells stepped down after the 1999 season Belichick was named to replace him, but resigned the next day.[6]

Herman Edwards is the only Jets head coach to lead the team to the playoffs more than twice; Rex Ryan is the only one with more than two postseason wins. Todd Bowles is the only one to coach the Jets for more than two seasons without making the playoffs.

Key

# Number of coaches[N 1]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
T Ties
Win% Winning percentage
00dagger Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach
00double-dagger Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player
00* Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Jets

Coaches

Adam Gase, coached the New York Jets from 2019 to 2020.
Adam Gase, coached the New York Jets from 2019 to 2020.
Rex Ryan was the head coach for the New York Jets from 2009 to 2014.
Rex Ryan was the head coach for the New York Jets from 2009 to 2014.
Eric Mangini coached the New York Jets from 2006 to 2008.
Eric Mangini coached the New York Jets from 2006 to 2008.
Lou Holtz coached the New York Jets in 1976.
Lou Holtz coached the New York Jets in 1976.


# Name Term Regular season Playoffs Awards Reference
GC W L T Win%[a] GC W L
New York Titans
1 Sammy Baughdouble-dagger 19601961 28 14 14 0 .500 [7]
2 Bulldog Turnerdouble-dagger 1962* 14 5 9 0 .357 [8]
New York Jets
3 Weeb Ewbankdagger 19631973 154 71 77 6 .481 3 2 1 [9]
4 Charley Winner 19741975 23 9 14 0 .391 [10]
5 Ken Shipp* 1975*[b] 5 1 4 0 .200 [11]
6 Lou Holtz* 1976*[c] 13 3 10 0 .231 [12]
7 Mike Holovak 1976[d] 1 0 1 0 .000 [13]
8 Walt Michaels* 19771982* 87 39 47 1 .454 4 2 2 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year (1978)[14]
UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1978)
[15]
9 Joe Walton* 19831989* 111 53 57 1 .482 3 1 2 [16]
10 Bruce Coslet 19901993 64 26 38 0 .406 1 0 1 [17]
11 Pete Carroll 1994 16 6 10 0 .375 [18]
12 Rich Kotite 19951996 32 4 28 0 .125 [19]
13 Bill Parcellsdagger 19971999 48 29 19 0 .604 2 1 1 [20]
14 Al Groh* 2000* 16 9 7 0 .563 [21]
15 Herman Edwards 20012005 80 39 41 0 .488 5 2 3 [22]
16 Eric Mangini 20062008 48 23 25 0 .479 1 0 1 [23]
17 Rex Ryan 20092014 96 46 50 0 .479 6 4 2 [24]
18 Todd Bowles 20152018 64 24 40 0 .375 [25]
19 Adam Gase 20192020 32 9 23 0 .281 [26]
20 Robert Saleh* 2021–present* 26 10 16 0 .385 [27]

Footnotes

  1. ^ A running total of the number of Jets head coaches. Thus, any head coach who has two or more terms is only counted once.

References

General
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  • "New York Jets Team History". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 25, 2008.
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  17. ^ "Bruce Coslet Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  18. ^ "Pete Carroll Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  19. ^ "Rich Kotite Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
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  21. ^ "Al Groh Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  22. ^ "Herm Edwards Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
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  24. ^ "Rex Ryan Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  25. ^ "Todd Bowles Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  26. ^ "Adam Gase Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
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