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Lou Saban

Cumulative stats (All positions)

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
16 104-112-8 48.21% 2-2 50.00%

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Biography

Lou Saban was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1960 until 1976, finishing his career with the Buffalo Bills as their head coach. Over his sixteen years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative record of 104-112-8. During his career he was a head coach for sixteen seasons. His first head coaching opportunity came with the Boston Patriots. He led the team for two seasons, compiling a record of 14-13-1. In 1961, the Patriots won the championship against the San Diego Chargers 41-0. His next head coaching stint came with the Buffalo Bills. He coached the Bills from 1962 to 1965, leading the team to a 36-17-3 record during his four seasons as head coach. During his time leading the Bills the team won the championship in 1964 and 1965. His third opportunity as head coach began in 1967 with the Denver Broncos. He coached them for five seasons and the team had a 22-45-3 record during his tenure with the team. His last opportunity as head coach began in 1972 with the Buffalo Bills. He coached them for five seasons and the team had a 32-37-1 during his tenure with the team. As the head coach of the Buffalo Bills he coached multiple players to award-winning seasons: Cookie Gilchrist, AP AFL Player of the Year in 1962; Jack Kemp, AP AFL Player of the Year in 1965; O.J. Simpson, AP Offensive Player of the Year in 1973; O.J. Simpson, Most Valuable Player in 1973.

Last modified: 1/4/2018

History

Year Position Record Playoff record
1976 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 2-12-0 0-0
1975 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 8-6-0 0-0
1974 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 9-5-0 0-1
1973 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 9-5-0 0-0
1972 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 4-9-1 0-0
1971 Denver Broncos Head Coach 4-9-1 0-0
1970 Denver Broncos Head Coach 5-8-1 0-0
1969 Denver Broncos Head Coach 5-8-1 0-0
1968 Denver Broncos Head Coach 5-9-0 0-0
1967 Denver Broncos Head Coach 3-11-0 0-0
1965 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 10-3-1 1-0
1964 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 12-2-0 1-0
1963 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 7-6-1 0-1
1962 Buffalo Bills Head Coach 7-6-1 0-0
1961 Boston Patriots Head Coach 9-4-1 0-0
1960 Boston Patriots Head Coach 5-9-0 0-0

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Fun Facts

  • Lou Saban served as Yankee's Team President as a favor to his friend George Steinbrunner (1982)