As Jim Harbaugh's miraculous run with San Francisco came to a sudden finish, I was left thinking how his rookie campaign as head coach compared to the greats throughout history.
13-3 and an NFC Championship game appearance must count for something, but was it the greatest head coaching debut of all time? How did other rookie head coaches fare throughout history?
For such a daunting task, I turned, first, to the most obvious question: rookie head coaches who won the big one, the Lombardi Trophy, and that brings us to Don McCafferty and George Seifert - the only two men in NFL history to win a Super Bowl as rookies.
McCafferty won Super Bowl V with the Colts (of Baltimore) in what is regarded as the ugliest Super Bowl of all time. The Colts of two years prior, under Don Shula, made it to the Super Bowl as heavy favorites, but lost to Joe Namath and the Jets. The following year they finished with a winning record, but missed the playoffs. It was a disappointing season and Shula ...