Joe Stydahar

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
10 65-53-6 54.84% 3-3 50.00%

Coaching Tree


Clark Shaughnessy, Bob Snyder


Red Hickey, Hampton Pool, Ray Richards


Career Summary

Joe Stydahar was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1947 to 1964, finishing his career as the defensive line coach of the Chicago Bears. Over his ten years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 65-53-6. During his career he was a head coach for five seasons, first with the Los Angeles Rams. He led the Rams for three seasons, compiling a record of 26-10-0. In 1951, the Rams won the championship against the Cleveland Browns 24-17. His next head coaching stint was with the Chicago Cardinals from 1953 to 1954, as he led the team to a 3-20-1 record. During his entire head coaching career, his two teams combined for a record of 29-30-1 across five seasons including going 2-2-0 in the playoffs.

Stydahar was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 after his playing career.

Joe Stydahar Coaching Tree

Before he was a head coach, Stydahar served as an assistant coach for Bob Snyder, Clark Shaughnessy, and George Halas. During this time, he coached for two years for Clark Shaughnessy and George Halas. During his time as head coach, three assistant coaches, (Red Hickey, Hampton Pool, and Ray Richards) on his coaching staff were hired as head coaches across the league. His coaching tree has combined for a record of 55-56-4 in the regular season and 0-0 in the playoffs during their ten seasons as head coach after serving on his coaching staffs.

Personal Information

Stydahar was born on Sunday, March 17, 1912. He died on Wednesday, March 23, 1977 at the age of 65.


Year Position Record Playoff record
1964 Chicago Bears Defensive Line Coach 5-9-0 0-0
1963 Chicago Bears Defensive Line Coach 11-1-2 1-0
1954 Chicago Cardinals Head Coach 2-10-0 0-0
1953 Chicago Cardinals Head Coach 1-10-1 0-0
1952 Los Angeles Rams Head Coach 9-3-0 0-1
1951 Los Angeles Rams Head Coach 8-4-0 1-0
1950 Los Angeles Rams Head Coach 9-3-0 1-1
1949 Los Angeles Rams Line Coach 8-2-2 0-1
1948 Los Angeles Rams Line Coach 6-5-1 0-0
1947 Los Angeles Rams Line Coach 6-6-0 0-0

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