Phil Handler

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
32 173-197-14 46.88% 2-2 50.00%

Coaching Tree

Parents:

Jimmy Conzelman, Milan Creighton, Ernie Nevers

Children:

Buddy Parker


Biography

Career Summary

Phil Handler was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1936 to 1967, finishing his career as the offensive line coach of the Chicago Bears. Over his thirty-two years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 173-197-14. He was the head coach of the Chicago Cardinals from 1943 until the 1945 season, during which time the Cardinals went 1-19-0. During his career he was a head coach for two seasons.

Phil Handler Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Handler served as an assistant coach for Milan Creighton, Ernie Nevers, Jimmy Conzelman, Buddy Parker, Curly Lambeau, George Halas, and Paddy Driscoll. Fourteen of these years were spent on Halas' coaching staff. One assistant coach from his coaching staffs, Buddy Parker, was eventually hired as a head coach. After coaching on Phil Handler's coaching staff, he was the head coach of the Chicago Cardinals, Detroit Lions, and Pittsburgh Steelers for fifteen seasons where he combined for a regular season record of 104-75-9 and 3-1 in the playoffs. His also coached the 1952 Lions and 1953 Lions to the NFL championship.

Personal Information

Handler was born on Tuesday, July 21, 1908 in Fort Worth, Texas.


History

Year Position Record Playoff record
1967 Chicago Bears Offensive Line Coach 7-6-1 0-0
1966 Chicago Bears Offensive Line Coach 5-7-2 0-0
1965 Chicago Bears Offensive Line Coach 9-5-0 0-0
1964 Chicago Bears Offensive Line Coach 5-9-0 0-0
1963 Chicago Bears Offensive Line Coach 11-1-2 1-0
1962 Chicago Bears Offensive Line Coach 9-5-0 0-0
1961 Chicago Bears Offensive Line Coach 8-6-0 0-0
1960 Chicago Bears Offensive Line Coach 5-6-1 0-0
1959 Chicago Bears Offensive Line Coach 8-4-0 0-0
1958 Chicago Bears Defensive Line Coach 8-4-0 0-0
1957 Chicago Bears Line Coach 5-7-0 0-0
1956 Chicago Bears Line Coach 9-2-1 0-1
1955 Chicago Bears Line Coach 8-4-0 0-0
1954 Chicago Bears Line Coach 8-4-0 0-0
1953 Chicago Bears Line Coach 3-8-1 0-0
1952 Chicago Bears Line Coach 5-7-0 0-0
1951 Chicago Cardinals Line Coach 3-9-0 0-0
1950 Chicago Cardinals Line Coach 5-7-0 0-0
1949 Chicago Cardinals Co-Head Coach 6-5-1 0-0
1948 Chicago Cardinals Line Coach 11-1-0 0-1
1947 Chicago Cardinals Line Coach 9-3-0 1-0
1946 Chicago Cardinals Line Coach 6-5-0 0-0
1945 Chicago Cardinals Head Coach 1-9-0 0-0
1944 Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers Co-Head Coach 0-10-0 0-0
1943 Chicago Cardinals Head Coach 0-10-0 0-0
1942 Chicago Cardinals Assistant Coach 3-8-0 0-0
1941 Chicago Cardinals Assistant Coach 3-7-1 0-0
1940 Chicago Cardinals Assistant Coach 2-7-2 0-0
1939 Chicago Cardinals Assistant Coach 1-10-0 0-0
1938 Chicago Cardinals Assistant Coach 2-8-0 0-0
1937 Chicago Cardinals Assistant Coach 5-5-1 0-0
1936 Chicago Cardinals Assistant Coach 3-8-1 0-0

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