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NFL Betting Trends: Former Coach Domination

A very successful system most people don't know about is betting on a coach (whether it's a head coach or coordinator) going against his former team.

If you just look at some examples from 2007, you'll see that this works. The Cardinals pulled a huge upset over the Steelers because of Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm. The Giants swept Philadelphia because Steve Spagnuolo used to be on the Eagles' coaching staff. The Lions crushed the playoff-bound Buccaneers because of Rod Marinelli's familiarity with his former squad.

Of course, nothing is guaranteed to work at a 100-percent clip, but playing this system will reward your bank account handsomely.

Here are all the head coaches and coordinators who worked with other teams recently. Keep in mind some coaches aren't listed for former teams if there have been major personnel changes (i.e. Dick Jauron wouldn't work for the Lions anymore).

Updated for 2010

* - Indicates 2010 matchup.


Arizona Cardinals
  • Ken Whisenhunt: Steelers (2001-2006)
  • Russ Grimm: Steelers (2000-2006)

    Atlanta Falcons
  • None

    Baltimore Ravens
  • Jim Zorn: Ravens (2008-2009)
  • Al Saunders: Rams (2008)

    Buffalo Bills
    None

    Carolina Panthers
  • Ron Meeks: Colts (2002-2008)
  • Richard Smith: Texans (2006-2008)

    Chicago Bears
    None

    Cincinnati Bengals
  • None

    Cleveland Browns
  • Mike Holmgren: Seahawks (1999-2008)
  • Rob Ryan: Raiders (2004-2008)

    Dallas Cowboys
  • Paul Pasqualoni: Dolphins (2008-2009)



    Denver Broncos
  • Josh McDaniels: Patriots (2006-2008)
  • Mike McCoy: Panthers (2003-2008)

    Detroit Lions
  • Jim Schwartz: Titans (2001-2008)
  • Scott Linehan: Rams (2006-2008)*
  • Gunther Cunningham: Chiefs (2004-2008)

    Green Bay Packers
  • Mike Trgovac: Panthers (2003-2008)

    Houston Texans
  • Ray Rhodes: Seahawks (2003-2007)

    Indianapolis Colts
  • Ron Turner: Bears (2005-2009)

    Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Mel Tucker: Browns (2005-2008)*

    Kansas City Chiefs
  • Todd Haley: Cardinals (2007-2008)*
  • Bill Muir: Buccaneers (2002-2008)
  • Romeo Crennel: Browns (2005-2008)*

    Miami Dolphins
  • Tony Sparano: Cowboys (2003-2007)
  • Dan Henning: Panthers (2002-2006)
  • Mike Nolan: Broncos (2009), 49ers (2005-2008)

    Minnesota Vikings
    None

    New England Patriots
    None

    New Orleans Saints
  • Gregg Williams: Jaguars (2008)

    New York Giants
  • Perry Fewell: Bills (2006-2009)

    New York Jets
  • Rex Ryan: Ravens (2005-2008)*
  • Mike Pettine: Ravens (2001-2008)*

    Oakland Raiders
  • Hue Jackson: Ravens (2003-2008)
  • Ted Tollner: 49ers (2007-2008)*
  • John Marshall: Seahawks (2003-2008)*





    Philadelphia Eagles
  • Dick Jauron: Bills (2006-2009)

    Pittsburgh Steelers
  • None

    San Diego Chargers
  • Rod Chudzinski: Browns (2007-2008)

    San Francisco 49ers
  • Jimmy Raye: Jets (2006-2008)

    Seattle Seahawks
  • Alex Gibbs: Texans (2008-2009)

    St. Louis Rams
  • Steve Spagnuolo: Giants (2007-2008)
  • Pat Shurmur: Eagles (1999-2008)
  • Ken Flajole: Panthers (2003-2008)*



    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Alex Van Pelt: Bills (2006-2009)

    Tennessee Titans
  • None

    Washington Redskins
  • Kyle Shanahan: Texans (2006-2009)*
  • Jim Haslett: Rams (2006-2008)*






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