Seven teams hired new head coaches for this season seeking to improve their performance last year. None of them won a game this week.
With the Raiders and Lions loss this Monday, the debuting coaches went 0-7, the worst record in the NFL history for a new group of coaches according to NFL Research. The previous worst was in 2011 when the six new head coaches lost all of their first games.
The Oakland Raiders and their $100 million new head coach Jon Gruden couldn’t compete against, arguably, the best team of the league this season. They had a good start—leading by 13-10 at halftime—but they were outplayed by the Rams in the second half losing with a 33-13 final score.
Matt Patricia’s debut as Lions coach was an embarrassing one, losing to the New York Jets 48-17. His star player Matthew Stafford had a stunningly bad game throwing four interceptions. Moreover, the defense let the rookie quarterback Sam Darnold do whatever he wanted throughout the whole game, completing 16 of 21 passes.
The Arizona Cardinals lost their first game 24-6 against the Washington Redskins with a new coach and quarterback. The head coach Steve Wilks was unable to stop Redskins’ running game, and his team couldn’t put any points on the board until the last quarter.
Frank Reich from the Indianapolis Colts couldn’t maintain a 23-10 lead in the third quarter due to multiple errors, drops, penalties and fumbles, which ended up as a 34-23 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Matt Naggy was the closest of all of the new head coaches to win his first game, however, Aaron Rodgers didn’t let this happen with a 20-point comeback. The former Kansas City offensive coordinator didn’t know how to handle the game in the fourth quarter, though, in his defense, no one really knows how to stop the Green Bay quarterback.
Tennessee Titans new head coach Mike Vrabel left much to be desired during his debut against Miami Dolphins losing 27-20 where his QB Marcus Mariota got injured although he hadn't had a great game before leaving the field, throwing two interceptions.
Pat Shurmur from the New York Giants replaced the non-popular former coach Ben McAdoo, something that most of the Giants fans were happy about. However, he didn’t start off on the right foot with a 20-15 loss Jacksonville. The rookie running back Saquon Barkley had a great NFL first game, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Jaguars’ defense.
None of these new head coaches are facing each other in week 2, so in theory, the embarrassing 0 wins record could continue by next week.