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Where do they come from? Previous jobs of all 32 NFL head coaches

Regardless of what some folks in SEC country might think, an NFL head coaching job is the most precious coaching position in all of football. With only 32 of them out there, the NFL head coaching fraternity is one of the most exclusive clubs in sports.And if you look the hiring habits of NFL franchises, the League certainly conducts its head coaching position like a members-only club. 

NFL head coach: 5
NFL coordinator (promoted from within): 2
NFL coordinator (hired from another organization): 16
NFL position coach (hired from another organization): 2
NFL position coach (promoted from within): 1
College head coach: 5
CFL head coach: 1

As our study shows, if you have your eyes on an NFL head coaching job, you'd better already be an NFL coach. Preferably, a coordinator. With the kind of money at stake in NFL head coaching hires, owners tend to gravitate toward the same line of thinking. Of the 32 available jobs, 18 came immediately from the coordinator ranks. Three more were position coaches, though two of them held assistant head coach titles - Bill Belichick (who also had five seasons of head coaching experience to his credit) and Sean Payton. 

The only NFL head coach to skip the coordinator rung on the NFL coaching ladder was the Titans' Mike Munchak, a lifer in the Houston/Tennessee organization. In fact, Munchak is one of only three NFL head coaches to be promoted from within, joining the Cowboys' Jason Garrett and the Vikings' Leslie Frazier. 

While one-third of FBS head coaches were pulled from other FBS or NFL head coaching positions, the head coach-to-head coach hiring cycle works much differently in the NFL. Five of the league's 32 head coaches, right around 15 percent, were hired fresh off another head coaching job. Well, "fresh" may be a generous term. All five were hired after being let go from their previous jobs - much unlike the college ranks, where only seven of the 42 head coach-to-head coach hirings are retreads - and only John Fox and Andy Reid walked into new jobs without taking a season off. 

As we noted on Wednesday, nearly two-thirds of FBS head coaches hail from the offensive side of the ball. That is not true at the next level, where each side is representented evenly in a 16-16 split. That balance may not last, though. In the 2013 hiring cycle, seven of the eight new coaches carry offensive backgrounds. 

NFC East
Dallas Cowboys: Jason Garrett - Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator
New York Giants: Tom Coughlin - Jacksonville Jaguars head coach
Philadelphia Eagles: Chip Kelly - Oregon head coach
Washington Redskins: Mike Shanahan - Denver Broncos head coach

NFC North
Chicago Bears: Marc Trestman - Montreal Alouttes head coach
Detroit Lions: Jim Schwartz - Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator
Green Bay Packers: Mike McCarthy - San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator
Minnesota Vikings: Leslie Frazier - Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator

NFC South
Atlanta Falcons: Mike Smith - Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator
Carolina Panthers: Ron Rivera - San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator
New Orleans Saints: Sean Payton - Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Greg Schiano - Rutgers head coach

NFC West
Arizona Cardinals: Bruce Arians - Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator
Seattle Seahawks: Pete Carroll - USC head coach
St. Louis Rams: Jeff Fisher - Tennessee Titans head coach
San Francisco 49ers: Jim Harbaugh - Stanford head coach

AFC East
Buffalo Bills: Doug Marrone - Syracuse head coach
Miami Dolphins: Joe Philbin - Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator
New England Patriots: Bill Belichick - New York Jets assistant head coach/defensive backs coach
New York Jets: Rex Ryan - Baltimore Ravens assistant head coach/defensive coordinator

AFC North
Baltimore Ravens: John Harbaugh - Philadelphia Eagles special teams coordinator/defensive backs coach
Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin Lewis - Washington Redskins defensive coordinator
Cleveland Browns: Rob Chudzinski - Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator
Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Tomlin - Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator

AFC South
Houston Texans: Gary Kubiak - Denver Broncos offensive coordinator
Indianapolis Colts: Chuck Pagano - Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator
Jacksonville Jaguars: Gus Bradley - Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator
Tennessee Titans: Mike Munchak - Tennessee Titans offensive line coach

AFC West
Denver Broncos: John Fox - Carolina Panthers head coach
Kansas City Chiefs: Andy Reid - Philadelphia Eagles head coach
Oakland Raiders: Dennis Allen - Denver Broncos defensive coordinator
San Diego Chargers: Mike McCoy - Denver Broncos offensive coordinator

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