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O'Brien's Resume Better Than Perception

No other active coach has three division titles in their first five years

January 03, 2019 - 11:03 am

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Bill O’Brien’s resume in his first five seasons is better than he is given credit for.

There are currently 24 head coaches in the NFL after the firings on black Monday.  Of those coaches, only 12 of them have been in the league for five seasons.  O’Brien joins the likes of John Harbaugh, Ron Rivera, Jason Garrett, Andy Reid, Mike Zimmer, Bill Belichick, Sean Payton, Jon Gruden, Mike Tomlin, Pete Carrol and Jay Gruden as coaches who are active, and have been in the league five years.

In five seasons, O’Brien has had four winning seasons.  Only two other head coaches have had five winning seasons in their first five seasons as a head coach, Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin and John Harbaugh.

O’Brien has also won three division titles in five seasons.  No other active head coach won more division titles in their first five seasons than O’Brien.  Carolina’s Ron Rivera, Kansas City’s Andy Reid, Oakland’s Jon Gruden and Tomlin all also had three division titles in their first five seasons.

One other accomplishment for O’Brien is that he’s made the playoffs in three of his first five seasons, and only 3 head coaches have had more.  Harbaugh made the postseason in each of his first five seasons, Tomlin also did it five times and Reid reached the playoffs in four of his first five years.

O’Brien has his flaws, as does every coach in the NFL, but when comparing resumes, O’Brien compares with many of his colleagues when looking at their first five years on the job.