Dave McGinnis
Personal information
Date of birth (1951-08-07) August 7, 1951 (age 68)
Place of birth Independence, Kansas
Career information
Position(s) Head Coach
Defensive Coordinator
Linebackers Coach
College TCU
Head coaching record
Career record 17–40–0
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Coaching stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a coach/administrator




Chicago Bears
(Linebackers Coach)
Arizona Cardinals
(Defensive Coordinator)
Arizona Cardinals
(Head Coach)
Tennessee Titans
(Linebackers Coach)
St. Louis Rams
(Assistant Head Coach)

Dave McGinnis is the assistant head coach of the St. Louis Rams. He formerly was the senior assistant coach of the Tennessee Titans in 2011, but joined the team as a linebackers coach in 2004. He was also the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 2000 through 2003.


McGinnis graduated from Snyder High School, Snyder Texas. McGinnis was a three-year starter as a defensive back at Texas Christian University, where he graduated in 1973 with a degree in business management. Prior to joining the NFL ranks, McGinnis spent 13 years in college football, including at his alma mater Texas Christian University (1973–74, '82), Missouri (1975–77), Indiana State (1978, '80-81) and Kansas State (1983–85).

McGinnis has coached in the NFL beginning in 1986. From 1986 to 1995, he was the linebackers coach for the Chicago Bears, and spent 1996-2000 as defensive coordinator of Arizona before being hired to replace Vince Tobin. From 2000-2003, McGinnis compiled a 17-40 record with the team. However, he had a record of 14-12 in games decided by eight or less points. The reason for his lack of success as a head coach has been attributed to the lack of talent on his team, as his successor Dennis Green failed to win more than six games in any season despite previously earning acclaim as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings.

McGinnis was the focal figure in an embarrassing public relations blunder by the Bears in 1999. After McGinnis interviewed for the vacant head coach position on Thursday, January 22, team president Mike McCaskey prematurely organized a news conference for the following day with local and national media to announce the hiring of McGinnis as the eleventh Head Coach of the Bears. The news came as a surprise to most notably McGinnis, who had not reached terms on a contract. In an attempt to save face, the Bears postponed the news conference and issued a personal apology to McGinnis from the patriarch of Bears ownership, Ed McCaskey. However, McGinnis remained disenchanted with the order of business conducted by the team and officially declined future consideration.

He became the Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach for the Tennessee Titans in 2004.

Head coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won LostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
ARZ2000 180.1115th in NFC East - - - (mid-season replacement)
ARZ2001 790.4384th in NFC East - - -
ARZ2002 5110.3134th in NFC West - - -
ARZ2003 4120.250 4th in NFC West - - --

Dave McGinnis Coaching Ledger

1973-74: Texas Christian (Graduate Assistant) 1975: Missouri (Graduate Assistant) 1976-77: Missouri (Defensive Backs) 1978, '80-81: Indiana State (Defensive Backs) 1982: Texas Christian (Defensive Backs) 1983-85: Kansas State (Defensive Ends/Linebackers) 1986-95: Chicago Bears (Linebackers) 1996-2000: Arizona Cardinals (Defensive Coordinator) 2000-2003: Arizona Cardinals (Head Coach 12/18/00) 2004: Tennessee Titans (Linebackers) 2005-10: Tennessee Titans (Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers) 2011–Present: Houston Texas (Senior Assistant)

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ronnie Jones
Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator
1996 – October 23, 2000
Succeeded by
Larry Marmie
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