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Published on 09/12/2011 at Mon Sep 12 12:00.
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John Fox, Jason Garrett

Denver Broncos coach John Fox, left, and Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett meet on the field after a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. Dallas won 24-23. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Being bitter rivals, the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders don’t like to admit they have anything in common. But one undeniable feature the teams share is that they’re led by new head coaches from a year ago. John Fox and Hue Jackson both hope to start their respective eras with a bang on Monday Night Football.

Six other teams in the NFL also boast new head coaches from Week One in 2010, but, for the most part, their respective eras started with a whimper. As Jason La Canfora points out, new coaches went 1-5 on opening weekend.

  • Ron Rivera (CAR) lost 28-21 to ARI
  • Leslie Frazier (MIN) lost 24-17 to SD
  • Mike Munchak (TEN) lost 16-14 to JAC
  • Pat Shurmur (CLE) lost 27-17 to CIN
  • Jason Garrett (DAL) lost 27-24 to NYJ
  • Jim Harbaugh (SF) defeated SEA 33-17

Of course, since it’s new coach vs. new coach Monday night, someone has to win. The record will move to 2-6.

But here’s one item worth noting: of all of those new coaches, Fox is the only one with at least a season of previous NFL head coaching experience. Advantage: Broncos.

  • Anonymous

    Well since SF and Cleveland were the only teams that were favored, that’s not the worst start. Plus all the losses but the Cleveland’s came on the road.

  • Monty

    Good points. But then you look at Bills coach Chan Gailey, dogs on the road, tearing up the Chiefs. It took him half a season to win one game last year as a rookie; this year he wins big week one. Established regimes speak a lot.

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