The Detroit Lions are a professional American football team based in Detroit, Michigan. They are currently a member of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The franchise has had a total of 25 head coaches in team history, which includes its existence as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans (1930–1933). In the 1934 NFL season, the franchise moved to Detroit and changed their name to the Lions.
George "Potsy" Clark is the only coach to have more than one tenure. Three different coaches have won NFL championships with the team: Potsy Clark in 1935, Buddy Parker in 1952 and 1953, and George Wilson in 1957. Wayne Fontes is the all-time leader in games coached and wins, and Potsy Clark leads all coaches in winning percentage with .679 (with at least one full season coached). John Karcis is statistically the worst coach the Lions have had never winning a game, followed by Marty Mornhinweg with a winning percentage of .156.
Of the 25 Lions coaches, two have been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Dutch Clark and Joe Schmidt. Several former players have been head coach for the Lions, including Dutch Edwards, Buddy Parker, Harry Gilmer, Joe Schmidt, and Dick Jauron. The current head coach of the Lions is Jim Schwartz, entering his third year in Detroit (2011-12 NFL Season).
Statistics correct as of the end of the 2010 NFL season.
|Win%||Win – Loss percentage|
|*||Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame|
|†||Spent entire professional head coaching career with the Lions|
|2||George "Potsy" Clark||1931–1936||74||48||20||6||.703||1||1||0|
|3||Earl "Dutch" Clark*||1937–1938||22||14||8||0||.636||–||–||–|
|—||George "Potsy" Clark*||1940||11||5||5||1||.500||–||–||–|
|9||Buddy Parker||1951–1956||72||47||23||2||.671||4||3||1||UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1956)|
|10||George Wilson||1957–1964||104||53||45||6||.541||2||2||0||AP Coach of the Year (1957)|
|18||Wayne Fontes†||1988–1996||133||66||67||0||.496||5||1||4||AP Coach of the Year (1991)|
Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (1991)
UPI NFC Coach of the Year (1991)
- ↑ "Detroit Lions Championship History". NFLTeamHistory.com. http://www.nflteamhistory.com/nfl_teams/detroit_lions/championship_history.html. Retrieved 2008-03-19.
- ↑ "Potsy Clark's Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/ClarPo0.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
- ↑ "Marty Mornhinweg's Coaching Record". Pro Football Reference. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/MornMa0.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-20.
- ↑ "Hall of Famers by Franchise". Pro Football Hall of Fame. http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/teams.aspx. Retrieved March 19, 2008.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Potsy Clark's full coaching record with the Lions is 85 regular season games coached with a record of 53–25–7 and a W–L percentage of .679. He is also 1–0 in 1 Playoff game.
- ↑ "Buddy Parker". Databasefootball.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/leagues/leagueyear.htm?yr=1951&lg=nfl. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
- ↑ "George William Wilson". Databasefootball.com. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/WilsGe0.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
- ↑ "Wayne Howard Joseph Fontes". pro-football-reference.com. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/FontWa0.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
- ↑ "Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium". Pro Football Hall of Fame. http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/release.jsp?release_id=2102. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
- ↑ Vainisi, Jerry. "Barry Sanders retire? No Payton record? Not a chance". http://archive.profootballweekly.com/content/archives/features_1999/vainisi_071299.asp. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
- "Detroit Lions History". CBS Sports. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/teams/history/DET. Retrieved March 19, 2008.
- "Hall of Famers by Franchise". Pro Football Hall of Fame. http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/teams.aspx. Retrieved March 19, 2008.
- "Portsmouth Spartans Coaching Records and History". DatabaseFootball.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachteam.htm?tm=POR&lg=nfl. Retrieved March 19, 2008.
- "Detroit Lions Coaching Records and History". DatabaseFootball.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachteam.htm?tm=DET&lg=nfl. Retrieved March 19, 2008.
- "Detroit Lions History". JT-SW.com. http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/teams.nsf/histories/lions. Retrieved March 19, 2008.
- "Coaching Roster - Detroit Lions". Hickoksports.com. http://www.hickoksports.com/history/detroitlions.shtml#coaches. Retrieved March 19, 2008.
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