Harvey Johnson

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
10 62-72-6 46.43% 2-2 50.00%

Coaching Tree


Joe Collier, Buster Ramsey, Lou Saban


Tom Flores


Career Summary

Harvey Johnson was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1960 to 1971, finishing his career as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Over his ten years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 62-72-6. He was the head coach of the Bills for the 1971 season. The Bills went 1-13-0 in this lone season as a head coach. During his career he was a head coach for one season.

Harvey Johnson Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Johnson served as an assistant coach for Buster Ramsey, Lou Saban, and Joe Collier. Four of these years were spent on Saban's coaching staff. One assistant coach from his coaching staffs, Tom Flores, was eventually hired as a head coach. After coaching on Harvey Johnson's coaching staff, he was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Raiders, and Seattle Seahawks for twelve seasons where he combined for a regular season record of 97-87-0 and 8-3 in the playoffs. His also coached the 1980 Raiders and 1983 Raiders to the Super Bowl.

Personal Information

Johnson was born on Sunday, June 22, 1919 in Bridgeton, New Jersey. He died on Monday, August 8, 1983 at the age of 64.


Year Position Record Playoff record
1971 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 1-13-0 0-0
1968 Buffalo Bills Interim Head Coach / Kickers Coach 1-12-1 0-0
1967 Buffalo Bills Kickers Coach 4-10-0 0-0
1966 Buffalo Bills Kickers Coach 9-4-1 0-1
1965 Buffalo Bills Kickers Coach 10-3-1 1-0
1964 Buffalo Bills Kickers Coach 12-2-0 1-0
1963 Buffalo Bills Kickers Coach 7-6-1 0-1
1962 Buffalo Bills Kickers Coach 7-6-1 0-0
1961 Buffalo Bills Defensive Backfield Coach / Kickers Coach 6-8-0 0-0
1960 Buffalo Bills Defensive Backfield Coach / Kickers Coach 5-8-1 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 1
  • Named the interim head coach during the 1968 season for the Buffalo Bills
  • Championships won: 1964 and 1965
  • Past teams coached for: Buffalo Bills
  • Date of Birth: Sunday, June 22, 1919 (64 years old), Bridgeton, New Jersey