Bobby Ross

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
13 106-102-0 50.96% 3-5 37.50%

Coaching Tree

Parents:

Marv Levy

Children:

John Fox, Jim Zorn, Marc Trestman


Biography

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Career Summary

Bobby Ross was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1978 to 2000, finishing his career as the head coach of the Detroit Lions. Over his thirteen years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 106-102-0. During his career he was a head coach for nine seasons, first with the San Diego Chargers. He led the Chargers for five seasons, compiling a record of 47-33-0. His next head coaching stint was with the Detroit Lions from 1997 to 2000, as he led the team to a 31-33-0 record. During his entire head coaching career, his two teams combined for a record of 78-66-0 across nine seasons including going 3-5-0 in the playoffs.

Career Awards

During the 1997 season as the head coach of the Detroit Lions he coached Barry Sanders to the Most Valuable Player and AP Offensive Player of the Year.

Bobby Ross Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Ross served as an assistant coach for Marv Levy. He spent four years as an assistant coach to Marv Levy, finishing as the offensive backs coach in 1981. During his time as head coach, three assistant coaches, (John Fox, Marc Trestman, and Jim Zorn) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 158-162-0 in the regular season and 8-7 in the playoffs during their twenty seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs.

Personal Information

Ross was born on Wednesday, December 23, 1936 in Richmond, Virginia.


History

Year Position Record Playoff record
2000 Detroit Lions Head Coach 9-7-0 0-0
1999 Detroit Lions Head Coach 8-8-0 0-1
1998 Detroit Lions Head Coach 5-11-0 0-0
1997 Detroit Lions Head Coach 9-7-0 0-1
1996 San Diego Chargers Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
1995 San Diego Chargers Head Coach 9-7-0 0-1
1994 San Diego Chargers Head Coach 11-5-0 2-1
1993 San Diego Chargers Head Coach 8-8-0 0-0
1992 San Diego Chargers Head Coach 11-5-0 1-1
1981 Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Backs Coach 9-7-0 0-0
1980 Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Backs Coach 8-8-0 0-0
1979 Kansas City Chiefs Special Teams Coach 7-9-0 0-0
1978 Kansas City Chiefs Special Teams Coach 4-12-0 0-0

Coach history guide

Seasons with a championship win Seasons with a conference championship

Coach facts

  • Years as head coach: 9
  • Conference Championships won: 1994
  • Fourth in total wins for the Los Angeles Chargers.
  • Second in winning percentage for the Los Angeles Chargers.
  • Most playoff wins in Los Angeles Chargers history (3)
  • Past teams coached for: Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs
  • College Attended: VMI Keydets
  • Date of Birth: Wednesday, December 23, 1936 (85 years old), Richmond, Virginia